To Do: One Month Before Moving

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To Do: One Month Before Moving

  • Create a folder to keep all records related to the move. You can also use a legal-sized envelope.
  • Plan the actual physical move (are you renting a truck, hiring movers, etc.). Then get estimates for each.
  • If you are moving for a job find out what moving expenses will be reimbursed and what receipts or documentation you will need for that purpose.
  • If you are going to need temporary or permanent storage for some of your items figure that out now as well.
  • Schedule the turn on and turn off of your utilities: Phone, Internet, Cable, Water, Garbage, Gas, and Electric services.
  • Determine how you are going to move your vehicles and other valuables (especially for long distance moves).
  • Sketch out a floor plan of the new home to figure out what furniture you can take with you and what new furniture you may need to get.
  • Hold a garage sale or go through all of your belongings and donate what you don’t need to Goodwill. If you haven’t used it in the last year, you probably don’t need it (unless it is a keepsake).
  • Contact schools, doctors, and dentists to transfer your records to the new location and to get referrals from them as appropriate.
  • Start collecting packing materials boxes, tape, and all related packing materials to keep your belongings safe as you transport them.
  • Make any home repairs that you may need to make (especially if a deposit is on the line). Get it over with.
  • Return anything you may have borrowed from any neighbors to make sure you leave on good terms.
  • Get back anything you may have loaned out to neighbors unless you never want to see it again.
  • Start using up food in your pantry and refrigerator so you don’t have to move too much to your new home.

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