It’s never too soon to begin planning your move. The best way to make a smooth transition is with a checklist.

It’s also a great way to involve the entire family in the move and to spread some of the responsibilities to each person, including your children. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as items are checked off. Moreover, as the weeks roll by, your checklist will help ensure that nothing has been overlooked or omitted from your planning, and that alone will go a long way toward relieving some of your anxiety.

Here are a Few Moving Tips To Get You Started…

Excerpt from the book HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL MOVE that I created over the years to help my clients
Eight Weeks Before You Move

Create a “Move Information” file to hold all your move related receipts, documents etc…Using a brightly colored organizer/file box with interior pockets/folders ensures critical moving, income tax, etc…paperwork is not misplaced or left behind!

Interview mover(s) and get estimates. (Book your truck rental if you’re not using professionals and buy a padlock for the truck) if moving a long distance (see “Moving Guide” hints).

Contact your insurance company to see how to handle your policy with moving. Additional insurance is also available thru the mover.

Start collecting boxes (if they’re not being provided by the mover).

Remove items from your attic, basement and storage shed. These are items that you probably don’t need anymore or can pack.

Sort your belongings and place into one of four boxes:
1. Taking
3.Garage Sale
4. Garbage

Start to use up things you can’t move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.

If moving out of town, contact your realtor, the Chamber of Commerce or visitor’s centers in your new community. Or for a local move contact the towns for a welcome package.

Make appointments for any medical, dental, vet, vaccinations, or eye services that can be done before the move. Then get copies of medical, dental & school records for every family member. Get copies of vet records. Make sure all vaccination info for family and pets is up to date. Ask offices for any recommendations they may have for the new area.

If relocating: request letters from all utilities that you currently use (electric, gas, etc..) to present to your next utility company. The letters should state that you were a customer for “X” number of years and always paid your bills on time.

Call the local DMV (dept. of Motor vehicles) and the DMV in your new community for requirements on driver’s licenses and car registrations and titles.

Get certified copies of all important documents in one location: marriage licenses, divorce decrees, birth certificates, car titles, etc…Don’t forget the abstract, Home Owners Association Papers, & the survey to the home your selling! (Contact your attorney for more information).

If you rent, give your Landlord proper written notification that you’re leaving. Also, make arrangements for the return of any money you have on deposit.