Getting ready to move?
Use these helpful tips to stay on track during your upcoming relocation and, before you know it, you’ll be putting out the welcome mat and making yourself at home.
Before The Move Tips:
- Get organized. Start a “move file” to keep track of estimates, receipts and other information. You may be able to deduct the cost of your move and lower your taxes, so check with the IRS to see what expenses can be deducted on your next tax return.
- Research your new community. The local Chamber of Commerce is a great place to find information about your new home.
- Stay Healthy: Gather medical and dental records – including prescriptions and shot records. Ask your existing doctors if they can refer you to care providers in your new city.
- Prepare your children. Arrange to have school records transferred to your children’s new school district and/or daycare provider. Involve your children in the moving process, from picking out the new home to packing their toys. Relocating can be a “scary” adventure, so make sure you talk to your family about the move. Visit the new community and discuss how to make new friends.
Budget for moving expenses.
Tie up loose ends.
- Contact utility companies to disconnect, transfer, or connect services. Plan on keeping current services through your move date and having new ones available prior to your move-in date.
- Return library books and pick up dry cleaning or items out for repair.
- Call your local newspaper and set a date to cancel your subscription.
- Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies. Ask if moving is covered and arrange for insurance for your new home.
- Contact health clubs or other organizations to which you belong. Ask how you can end, sell, or transfer your membership.
- Contact your bank and/or credit union to transfer or close accounts. Clear out safety deposit boxes. Pick up traveler’s checks or cash for “on the road” expenses.
Keep in touch.
File a change of address. If you don’t know what your new address will be, ask the postal service to hold your mail in their office in your new city. Make a list of friends, relatives, and businesses that will need to know of your move and send your new address to them as soon as possible. Postal forwarding time is limited.
- Decide what items need to be disposed of before your move and plan a yard sale or contact your local charities. If you donate, be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes.
- Make a list of things that are valuable or difficult to replace. Ship these items by certified mail or carry them with you.
- Start collecting boxes and other packing supplies at least a month before your move.
- Use up things that can’t be moved, such as frozen foods, bleach, and aerosol cleaners.
- Dispose of flammables, corrosives, and poisons.
- Drain all gas and oil from your mower and other motors. Gas grills, kerosene heaters, etc. must be emptied as well.
- Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day.
- Reserve your moving truck. Do this at least a few weeks before your move. If you need a ramp or other loading equipment, make reservations with a local equipment-rental yard.
As moving day gets closer, finish packing and prepare a box with the essentials. Keep these items handy, preferably in your automobile. Don’t forget to include extra clothing, toiletries, and snacks for the kids. Other things to consider are:
- Coffee cups, paper plates, paper towels
- Plastic forks, spoons, knives
- Dish soap, trash bags, towels
- Phone books, pencils and paper, your “move file”