You bought a new home. You sold your old home, and you’re renting a condo on the beach. Either way, buyer or seller, you have to move. It can be one of the most stressful parts of the home buying or selling process for many.
✔︎ Get rid of items you don’t want to pack and move. If you haven’t touched it, thought about it, or used it in at least a year, it’s probably safe to get rid of. Consider donating items to local charitable organizations or hold a garage sale to pay for the moving van.
✔︎ Decide whether you’ll move yourself or use a moving company. Get estimates for the cost to make the best decision.
✔︎ Make a list of all the places you’ll need to change your address with: credit cards, auto insurance, banks, work, etc.
✔︎ Make a list of all the people in your life who will need your new address. Notifying people can be as formal or informal as you like. Emails are fine, and so are mailed cards.
✔︎ Check out the schools and day cares in your new area. Talk to your children’s current schools to have their records forwarded.
✔︎ Go online or into the post office to complete change of address forms. You’ll want to do this about two weeks prior to your move or arrange to have your mail held if you don’t complete the forms that far in advance.
✔︎ If you’re moving to a new city, work with your doctors and insurance company to get referrals for new physicians. Find out what you’ll need to do to have your medical records forwarded.
✔︎ Contact the utility companies are your old and new homes. Schedule shut-offs and turn-ons so that you don’t spend any time without power or water.
✔︎ Find out if your current cell phone provider offers good coverage where you’re moving. If not, research companies in your new city.
✔︎ Contact your internet and/or cable provider to see if they offer coverage in your new city or neighborhood. If not, you’ll need to find out who does and schedule service.
✔︎ Pack an “Open First” box for moving day. This should have items you’ll need immediately: important papers, toilet paper, snacks, box cutters, and other things you’ll need before you’re unpacked.
✔︎ Unplug, take apart, and clean electronics, appliances, and other large household items that are moving with you. This will make it easier for them to be moved.
✔︎ If you’re moving to a gated community or one with an elevator, find out what, if any restrictions, there are for unloading the moving van or using the elevator to move your items upstairs.
✔︎ Map out your route or plug in the address to your GPS before you leave your old home, especially if you’re headed to a new city.
✔︎ Map out your new route from home to work. You may even want to practice it a couple of times so that you have one less thing to stress on your first day back at work.