Your Relocation Checklist
Your 8 Week timeline for planning a successful move.
We recommend giving yourself 2 full months to plan your move. By doing this, it is possible to take an overwhelming endeavor and turn into a smooth, manageable and downright pleasant experience.
Find a reputable mover.
In order to the best moving company for you, we recommend asking friends and neighbors for moving company recommendations. Check out your mover online. Make sure they’re endorsed by the Better Business Bureau and are not blacklisted on the now famous whistle-blowing website, Moving Scam.
Organize educational records.
If you are in school or have children, contact new schools about transferring records to your new location.
Locate consulates and local authorities.
If you are moving internationally, find out from the consulate of the country you are moving to the regulations of what you are allowed to bring in. This applies especially to car shipping, importing valuables and bringing pets. Research all taxes and port destination fees that you will incur when your belongings go through customs.
Set up accounts.
Find a bank in your new town and set up an account. Also call to set up new utilities accounts including water, phone, electric, gas, cable and internet.
Think about health.
Research and locate health care professionals in your new town since you and your family may need a new doctor. If you have a pet check, in with a vet in your new town.
Start to de-clutter.
Moving is the perfect time to clean out your closets. Make three separate piles, a give-away pile, a donation pile and a sale pile in the case that you would like to organize a yard sale before your move.
Notify the Post Office.
Notify the USPS of your address change at http://www.usps.com to avoid any loss of correspondence in the transition.
Make an address change list.
Gather all confidential, valuable, and important paperwork together so that you know where it is for the move. You might need this information to be readily available so it’s important not to have it locked away in some unknown filing cabinet. Make a list of credit card and other companies you will need to notify of your address change (this should include the Social Security Office and the IRS). Also make a list of family and friends whom you will notify of your address change.
Firm up packing and dates.
Decide what you want to pack and what items you’d like the mover to pack and make sure to firm up the exact moving and delivery dates if you haven’t already.
Take things to the cleaners.
Send rugs, carpets, and drapes to the cleaners.
Get rid of the extra.
Week 5 is a great time to have a garage sale or donate anything you don’t need to charities. By calling the ARC, Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill ,you can receive valuable information about tax deductable donations. Also, professional women’s clothing is welcome at ABLEwomen’s Career Closet . This nonprofit organization located in Ft. Collins helps underprivileged women to be outfitted for job interviews.
Arrange personal travel.
For long distance moves, it’s important to make your own travel plans for reaching your new home. This can include air, train or car travel.
Complete Address Change.
Notify all companies, family & friends of your new address.
Confirm school records transfers.
Have current schools transfer your children’s records to new schools.
Anything that you won’t be using during the month before your move can be pre-packed unless the mover will do the packing. Off season clothing, seldom-used dishes, holiday decorations, books, videos, and other media family memorabilia are great things to pack early. Your attic, basement and garage are usually the best places to start this process.
Transfer all medical records and prescriptions to new doctors and dentists as well as your pets’ records to their new vet.
Use your cupboards.
Start using up food items you would rather not ship such as dry, frozen or canned goods.
Moving day can be stressful with small children and pets around. If child and pet care are an option, you may want to arrange it at this time.
Create an essentials folder.
Make a folder that contains vehicle documents including registration and insurance and make sure to keep this with you at all times during your move.
Schedule auto appointments.
If needed, make appointment for car tune-up for the following week.
Think about parking.
Reserve parking areas or other spaces you’ll need on moving day. Considering things like no parking and no loading zones can save you a lot of addition time and stress.
DMV & tune-up.
Contact Department of Motor Vehicles about your new address. Also take your car in for its scheduled tune up.
Organize pet moving.
If you have a pet that will be traveling separately from you, this is a good time to arrange their transport.
Take an opportunity before the stress of moving to do something fun with the family in your soon-to-be old home.
Activate utilities at your new home including water, phone, electric, gas, cable and internet.
Cancel newspaper delivery.
Organize the fridge.
Instead of eating out this week, take this opportunity to use up contents of refrigerators and freezers so there is less to move and or waste. If you know there will be extra, plan to make a donation to your local Food Bank. Once cleared, begin to defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers which will travel with you.
Make sure to have enough prescribed medication to last you at least 2 weeks.
Make certain to leave out things you’ll need for the next 2 weeks.
Be careful what you pack.
Do not pack any flammable, explosive, corrosive or liquid items. Movers are required by law not to move these items. This includes pressurized containers, aerosol cans, propane tanks as well as ammunition of any kind. Once you have determined what is not safe to pack, be sure to safely dispose of items that are not transportable such as flammables.
Though Exodus can do this for you, disassembling furniture, such as beds, hutches, pool tables, desks, etc., will ultimately save the crew time and will also save you money.
Organize breakable furniture.
Remove mirrors from dressers and glass or marble tops from cabinets and tables.
Clean it up.
Do a deep clean of kitchen and bathrooms or hire someone to do a full sweep.
Plan out the floor plan.
For best results, we recommend drawing up a rough floor plan of your new location so the movers know where your items belong when they arrive at their final destination.
Confirm that the following are complete:
- Living spaces are clean.
- Cleaning supplies are packed.
- Personal belongings are packed for 2 weeks.
- Valuables and personal documents will travel with you.
Organize electronics and appliances.
Back-up computers and turn them off. Disconnect all major appliances, especially those with a water or gas line. For their protection, all stereos, TVs, and other electronic devices should be unplugged as well. Make sure to drain the oil and or gas from your lawnmower, weed wacker, hedge trimmer, etc.
Be in Contact.
It is best to plan to be present during your move in order to answer questions. When Exodus calls to confirm before move day, please provide alternate/multiple contact numbers so that you can be reached at any point during the moving process.
Keep all important documents in your possession such as birth certificates, financial documents and small expensive items such as jewelry, currency, etc.
Tape it up.
If your mover is NOT doing your packing, have all moving boxes fully packed and taped shut before the crew arrives. Try not to over or under- fill boxes so that they can be neatly stacked. Write on the side of each box what is inside, and whether or not it is fragile. If you have requested professional packing services (dish packs, picture/mirror boxes etc.) please know that this is an additional service.
It’s important to have all pictures and shelves removed from the walls and appropriately protected, or prepared to be packed by the movers.
Stack packed moving boxes on the main floor about four feet high to make it easy for the movers to roll them out to the moving truck.
Take care of yourself.
The day before your move we recommend getting take-out or going out for dinner at your favorite local restaurant. Also remember to make sure to get a good night’s sleep. At this point it’s time to relax, Exodus will take the worry out of your moving day!