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Before the Move

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Before MovingMoving one's home and possessions might be quite a strenuous enterprise, even to those amongst us who are otherwise systematic and methodical. Long distance moves can be particularly weary; they certainly require rigorous planning, and involve hectic days finalizing details ranging from packing fragile china to defrosting the refrigerator, and above all, ensuring that you do not forget any important belonging. However, do not be daunted by the seemingly chaotic days ahead of the move! Let us provide you with a comprehensive to-do list enumerating tasks that you can complete prior to the move date and thereby organize everything in advance. Here is an ultimate checklist of key tasks that you can accomplish prior to moving date and thus enable your move smoothly:

1. Select Movers, Create Inventory and Start Packing: About 6-8 weeks ahead of your move, start researching movers, get free moving quotes, ask for recommendations from friends and family, ask for estimates, and select a mover based on your budget and needs. Request a copy of the signed contract from your chosen mover. Make an inventory of the items you will be moving. Order or purchase packing supplies and boxes. Begin packing with the items that are not of daily use and label the boxes with details of the room where it is intended for, such as 'Dining Room, #1'. You can also use color coded stickers by assigning each color to a respective room and pack the items accordingly. You must also create an inventory of packed boxes.

2. Unclutter and Unburden: Tidy up and discard any items cluttering your rooms, decide what items you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. You might even consider donating some of the clothes, furniture, toys and appliances that you no longer use. Also examine and note whether some of the items such as china, mirrors, valuables, jewelry, medical records, documents, etc. require packing and transporting and make the necessary arrangements. Dispose safely of all the flammable or toxic items, such as gas or oil from lawn mowers, grills, heaters, etc.

3. Inform Service Providers: Notify service and utility providers about your move, such as, banks, financial advisors, credit card companies, cell phone providers, cable and internet providers, electricity and other utilities providers, healthcare providers, government agencies, state vehicle registration, insurance providers, etc. You must also inform them regarding the date of your move so that they can discontinue your services accordingly. Also let them know of your new address for the posting of your final bill. Discontinue or transfer your memberships at health clubs and other such organizations.

4. Change of Address: Prepare a change of address checklist and notify your contacts regarding your move. Our quick change of address checklist will help you keep a track of all the people you will have to inform. You can also go online and fill out 'change of address form' for various providers.

5. Mail Forwarding: Despite informing all your providers and relevant organizations of your move, it is important that you notify United States Postal Office and arrange for the mail to be forwarded to your new address. This can be easily arranged online or by visiting local post office. You can also arrange with your buyers/renters options for forwarding post to your new address or for you to pick up mail at an arranged day and time.

6. Flora and Fauna: Plan and make arrangements for travel of your pets, if required. Also take steps on how you will transfer your house plants.

7. Preplan your Journey: Emotions usually run high on the moving day and it won't be a good idea if you got lost on your way to new home. To avoid additional onslaught on your hectic day, plan the route and journey ahead of the move. GPS and other gadgets might be rule of thumb, but there is nothing like printing directions, maps and address of your new location and sharing the same with moving crew. You might also wish to discuss your preferred route with your moving crew and whether there is any likeliness of traffic congestions. With these simple measures taken in advance, not only will your trip be more seamless, but it will also avoid you unwanted vexation.

8. Disconnecting appliances, Defrosting Refrigerators: Getting your appliances professionally disconnected is another service that you must discuss in advance with your movers. Most movers might not provide this service and you will be required to make additional arrangements in this regard. As you slowly approach your move day, do not forget to empty your and defrost your refrigerator. All the perishable contents must be removed by your move day. Make sure that all major appliances are properly unplugged before the move.

9. Overnight Bag and Moving Day Survival Kit: Imagine having to dig through the labyrinth of packed boxes in your new home for basic necessities like soap, toothbrush, toilet paper, pajamas or blankets. Ensure that your first night in new home settles in with ease by packing an overnight case containing essential items that you will need before you get a chance of unpacking. You must also include necessary medications, toothbrush, toiletries, cell phone charger, snacks, coffee and other similar essentials. This personal bag must be kept ready and set aside or put away in your car before the arrival of movers. This small expedient measure will ensure that you have all your necessary items ready upon your arrival.

You may also find our tips listed in Moving Day Survival Kit extremely helpful.

10. Organizing Boxes: Mark and classify your packed boxes with labels such as "Do not load", "Fragile" or "Load Last". Keep the path for movers uncluttered and open. On the moving day, relax and let the movers do all the weight lifting and loading. Check every room and walk through your closets, garage and attic to ensure you have packed everything. Check the items, boxes and furniture off your inventory list as they get loaded. Organize your boxes before the moving team arrives. You can use suitable schematics to code and mark your boxes to make it easier for you to keep track of your each room's belongings. Colors, numbers, cross-referencing, denoting room associated with the boxes are some of the effective techniques to be aware of your belongings.

In addition to our above mentioned tips, you can also find our quick 'Checklists' in printable form available free for you to download and print. Additionally, a list of items comprising your 'Moving Day Survival Kit' may also be very helpful.

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