Best Move Ever
Making your Move a Grand Adventure
A little planning can save you a lot of hassle when you move. The month before your move will be very busy. However, with careful planning, y ou can make this adventure as smooth and efficient as possible. Working out a schedule of what to do and when to do it over the next four weeks will help a great deal.
FOUR WEEKS BEFORE MOVING:
- Selection of a moving company should be your first concern. After choosing at least three possibilities check with the BBB to see if any of these companies has had customer complaints. Next, call the ones you feel will give good service to determine who would be available at the time you need to move. Then get estimates from them on the cost of the move, and find out the difference in cost if they pack all boxes or if you do. Once you have mdae your selection, be sure to get the target date and time in writing.
- Set up a special file of important papers you may need during this time period. A portable plastic file cabinet, an accordion file or a 3 ring binder with pocket dividers will work. Keep careful track now of receipts and other documents will make your life much easier when it comes to figuring tax deductions later.
- Inventory all of your valuable household items. Making a video-tape or taping photos will greatly simplify your life. Not only will this be of assitance for the move, but insurance companies recommend you always have such records as proof of any claims you may ever have for a covered loss (fire,theft,etc). This record should be placed in a safe deposit box.
- Contact the Chamber of Commerce in your new city for a New Resident Information Package. Most chambers or local banks offer one, and you'll find it to be an invaluable resource when settling into your new home.
-Sketch out the floor plan of your new home and decide where you're going to put the furniture. This is a good time to decide if you need additional items or want to replace your old furniture.
- Discard all unwanted and unneeded items now. Clean out the closets, cabinets, garage, attic and basement. Have a big garage sale or donate anything you don't want to charity. Be sure to save the receipts from any donations to deduct from your taxes.
- Begin packing items you seldom use such as books, off-season clothes, tools and yard equipment. Designate a spare room or the the garage for storage so the boxes don't get in your way.
- Consider shipping some items such as glass or valuable by registered mail or UPS; it may be cheaper than putting them in the moving van.
- Organize your financial, legal and business affairs. Although some of these can be handled without professional help, you will find you're better off in many cases consulting with an attorney, insurance agent, accountant or relocation advisor. The trouble you save will be well worth the money you'll spend for this professional assistance. Financial items that my require your attention include:
- Making the transfer in utility services from your old home to your new one (assuming they're in the same area). If you're setting up service in a new area, contact the new utility companies to determine whether deposits