What To Do Before The Move: 30 Days Out

 

 

  • Create a folder to keep all records related to the move.  Inside the folder put a legal size envelope to keep small receipts.  Staple an 8 ½ by 11 inch paper with lines to the outside of the folder and begin to write down and save receipts from all costs related to the move.
  • Plan the actual physical move, get estimates from movers.
  • If you are going to need storage on a temporary or permanent basis then scout out the best deals.  Does your mover offer storage?  If so, maybe they will give you a good rate to get the move.
  • Schedule to turn off your utilities:  Phone, Internet, Cable, Water, Garbage, Gas, Electric etc.
  • How are you moving your vehicles?  Decide on the plan to move the vehicles if you are moving a long distance.
  • Make a sketch of your new living space and pencil in your furniture.  After you do that plan on what furniture to sell before the move and what you will want to buy after the move.
  • Hold your garage or moving sale right away, you may want to choose to have 2 or 3 before you move to sell the maximum amount of goods.
  • At the same time, shoot photos of your more expensive items and put them on online selling sites like Craigslist or eBay.
  • Contact schools, doctors, dentists etc. to transfer your medical records to your new location.
  • Get your packing materials from your mover or do it yourself.  You will need appropriate sized boxes, tape, marking pens etc.  Remember to standardize your box types and sizes to make it easier and faster to pack them.  Make sure you mark the destination room on each box on all size and top.  Mark fragile on anything that can be broken and really fragile items should be separated for special transport or care.
  • Search through your garage and return any tools or other items to your neighbors that were borrowed.
  • Begin to clear out your cupboards, don’t overbuy perishable goods of any kind.  On moving day, you should have no perishable food at all and have cleared out old food inventory that has been sitting around awhile.
  • Be generous giving things to charity, it’s good for them, for you and can be a great tax deduction.