Naturally, our interactive moving checklist starts with the things you just have to do prior to Moving day. Keep in mind that the pre-move period, starting as soon as your house move is confirmed and ending on Moving day itself, is the most fundamental stage in the entire residential move.
- Remember to smile
Remember to smile once in a while. Yes, the home moving process can be both stressful and expensive, but you’ve got little to worry about with this ultimate moving checklist in your hands. Exciting new adventures await you, so just smile.
- Get a moving binder
Residential moving generates a large amount of paperwork that should be kept safe throughout the move. Get hold of a binder where you should keep all move-related paperwork: moving cost estimates, contracts, inventory sheets, receipts, personal notes, and so on.
- Fill out a moving quote
You must know in advance how much your home move will cost. Complete a FREE (100% free) and QUICK (60 seconds) moving quote online to get contacted by professional moving companies for an accurate price estimation.
- Change your postal address
Consider changing your postal address prior to Moving day – do it in person at the nearest post office or complete the important task online.
- Have your mail forwarded
Ask a good neighbor or a close friend who lives nearby to forward your mail to your new-home address until the change of address procedure takes effect. Leave them some money for the shipping costs.
- Share your updated address
Notify friends, colleagues and important institutions and organizations of your updated postal address. You can do this in person, over the phone, via e-mail, or through social networks.
- Cancel any subscriptions
Remember to cancel any home-delivery services as you’re moving to a new address soon enough. Also, it’s a good idea to discontinue your memberships to gyms, clubs, hobby groups, organizations, and so on.
- Transfer your utilities
Get in touch with your utility companies and set a date for having the utilities at your current home – electricity, water, gas, phone and Internet services, central heating – disconnected, and then reconnected at the new home.
- Obtain medical records
Pay a visit to your family physician and dentist, and get all your medical records and documentation that will help you register with a new health care provider in the new town or city you’re moving to.
- Obtain school records
If you have a school-age child, request his or her records from their school so that you can enroll your kid at a new educational institution upon arrival. To save time, try to arrange a direct inter-school transfer of those documents.
- Have a talk with your child or children
Speak with your child or children about the upcoming home move and discuss the changes that are happening soon. Ask them about their hopes and expectations, and do your best to calm down any home moving fears they may have.
- Take your pet to the vet
While figuring out the best way to move your dear pet, take them to the vet’s office for a complete medical checkup. Request any immunization records your canine or feline friend may have.
- Pay up any bills and debts
Don’t forget (accidentally, of course) to pay up any remaining home bills or to settle any financial obligations (debts) prior to the move. Also, return books, films, or any other borrowed items from friends, libraries, or organizations.
- Reserve the building elevator
When moving out of a high-rise apartment, you should get in touch with the building manager and reserve the elevator for the date when your hired movers are scheduled to arrive.
- Get any repair works done
It’s time to think about any home repairs you have to do or get done before moving out. This way, you’ll get your security deposit back if you’re a renter, or you’ll sell your home for a better price if you’re an owner.
- Create a floor plan
Measure up your biggest furniture pieces to know if they will fit into your new home and match its interior. The floor plan will help you decide what items to move and what to leave behind.
- Say your farewells
Find some time for your friends in your busy residential moving checklist too. Invite your closest pals to a wild pre-party or plan fun activities with them as a way to say your goodbyes.