Homes 103: When Moving

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Homes 102: Improving & Decorating

If You Haven’t Moved Before

  • Take each small project as its own accomplishment
  • There will be much more work than you will expect
  • You always have more stuff than you think you do

Before Anything Else (1 Month Before Move Date)

  • Make a budget about the moving expenses
    • This should include all logistics, including paying people and vehicle rentals
    • Include the extra cost of eating out while cooking utensils are packed away
    • Give an extra 30% for unknown events that will come up
  • Set a date
    • The moving date should be wrapping up the move, not all of the work
    • If possible, try to overlap residences by at least 1-2 weeks
  • Mark everything into a calendar
  • Arrange for utility transfers beforehand
    • Electric, gas, water, trash, recycling, sewer, propane
    • Cell phone service
    • TV, internet, landline phone service
    • Security system
  • File a change of address form
  • Withdraw enough cash to last the move
  • Notify about the changed address
    • Employer
    • Family members
    • Banks
      • Auto loans
      • Checking/savings accounts
      • Credit bureaus
      • Credit cards
      • IRA
      • Home equity/mortgage
      • Retirement plan holders
    • Government agencies
      • Courts (especially traffic tickets)
      • Citizenship and immigration services
      • Department of Veteran Affairs
      • DMV
      • IRS (Form 8822)
      • Passport
      • Post Office
      • Social Security Administration
      • Voter registration
    • Healthcare providers and other professional services
      • Accountant/tax preparer
      • Attorneys
      • Babysitter/childcare provider
      • Brokers
      • Chiropractor
      • Dentist
      • Doctors
      • Pharmacy
      • Physical therapist
      • Veterinarian
    • Hobbies and recreation
      • Church
      • Health clubs
      • Magazine/newspaper subscriptions
      • Media streaming services
      • Online shopping
      • Social Networks
    • Home services
      • Dry cleaners
      • Housekeeper
      • Lawn care
      • Pet sitter
      • Snow removal service
      • Swimming pool maintenance
      • Swimming pool memberships
      • Water delivery service
    • Insurance providers
      • Auto
      • Health/Dental/Vision
      • Life
      • Homeowners/Renter’s
      • Other Vehicles
    • Schools
      • Alumni associations
      • Colleges
      • Children’s schools
      • PTA
    • Professional organizations
  • Order new business cards and return address labels
  • Clean out garden shed and storage areas
  • Sell large appliances that will not being moved
  • Measure for new furniture and sell what won’t move
  • Sell or give away unwanted items
  • Replace luggage tags
  • Hire movers and recruit help for the move (offer free food)
  • Get packing supplies
    • Cardboard boxes
    • Markers (fatter and thicker is better)
    • Cushioning material like newspapers, bubble wrap and packing peanuts
    • Packing tape
    • Scissors or utility knife
    • Plastic bags
    • Large garbage bags
    • Rope
    • Blankets
  • Make arrangements to return items
    • Cable/satellite receiver boxes
    • Cable/DSL modems
    • Carpet shampooer
    • Borrowed clothing & items
    • DVD & game rentals
    • Library books (neighborhood and school)
    • Tools (rented and borrowed)
    • Trash cans/recycle bins
    • Other unwanted purchases
  • Make arrangements to pick up items
    • Clothing at dry cleaners, tailors, and friends
    • Items at repair shops
    • Tools lent to neighbors or friends
  • Plan a “packing party” with the offer of free food

Packing For The Move (2 Weeks Before Move Date)

  • Start disassembling furniture
    • Take photos of complex wiring arrangements
    • Label the cords before pulling them out
    • Use a muffin tin to keep the different pieces separate
  • Pack with purpose
    • Pack with a general idea of “One Room At A Time”
    • Keep boxes off the floor as much as possible
    • Tape small parts together or put in a labeled paper bag
    • Use towels, pillows, and t-shirts as cushioning material
    • Tape along the box seams and tape cross-wise to reinforce
    • Stack heaviest on the bottom
    • Keep each box between 30-50 lbs when possible, keep a bathroom scale out to assist
    • Pack the heaviest items like books inside luggage containers to avoid ripped boxes
    • Use the original packaging for electronics when available
    • Put extremely fragile items in a box that is insulated by a larger box filled with cushioning
    • Use at least 2” of packing material around fragile items
      • This can be done with towels and dish rags instead of paying for something to wrap it in
    • Label the two broadest sides opposite each other
  • Keep a clipboard with a numbered system on the boxes
    • Verify the moved items by checking off the boxes
    • Make a Room List and take a general inventory
    • Abbreviate room names
    • Mark “Fragile” when appropriate
  • Start eating perishable food from the freezer and refrigerator
  • Make a Get Rid Of pile
    • Donate or throw a garage sale
  • Separate “cherished” items from “common”
  • Create Open Me First boxes
    • Important family records
    • Kitchen
      • Aluminum foil
      • Break-proof or disposable flatware, cups and plates
      • Coffee maker/teapot
      • Dish soap/dishwasher detergent
      • Frying pan and spatula
      • Pet food/bowls
      • Bottle/can opener
    • Main Bathroom
      • Bath mat
      • Bath towels
      • First-aid kit
      • Headache pills
      • Band-aids
      • Hydrogen peroxide/rubbing alcohol
      • Triple antibiotic ointment
      • Hair dryer/comb
      • Shower curtain and rings
      • Soap
      • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
      • Toilet paper
    • Tool Room/Drawer
      • Batteries
      • Duct tape
      • Flashlight
      • Flathead screwdriver
      • Phillips screwdriver
      • Hammer
      • Level
      • Picture hangers/nails/screws
      • Tape measure
    • Important documents
    • Clean clothes for several days
  • Finish packing “non-living” rooms
    • Basement
    • Garage
    • Attic
    • Utility Rooms
    • Most Closets

Before Moving (1 Week Before Move Date)

  • Make sure you have the new address written down for easy reference
  • Confirm start time and rental truck with movers and volunteers
  • Make arrangements for child/pet sitting
  • Be sure house is cleaned
    • Bathrooms
    • Refrigerator
    • Kitchen
    • Living Room
  • Make sure any valuables hidden inside fake rocks, behind appliances, etc. have been accounted for
  • Collect any items being serviced
    • Dry cleaning
    • Shoe repairs
    • Computers
  • Make a pile of items to keep behind
    • Spare house keys
    • Garage door openers

Day Before Move Date

  • Charge everyone’s cell phone
  • Be sure everyone has everyone else’s phone number
  • Have everyone pack up to 1-2 suitcases of necessities
    • Eyeglasses
    • Prescriptions
    • Favorite kids’ toys
    • Something to read
    • 3 days’ worth of clothes
    • Toothbrush/Toothpaste (if not in Open First boxes)
  • Print out copies of directions for everyone driving to the new home
  • Prepare the appliances for moving
    • Disconnect all appliances from their power supply
    • Empty and wash out the interior of the fridge
    • Drain the washing machine of all water and dry the interior
  • Read and record the gas, water and electricity meters’ values

Moving Day

  • Start early
  • Take all trash out
  • If you have help, be visible and available near the front door
  • Perform final checks before leaving the current home
    • Check if AC, fans, and heater are off
    • Check if water is off
    • Turn off light switches
    • Turn in or leave keys and garage door openers
  • Have movers and volunteers put boxes in the room they need to go to
  • Lock all the doors and windows and collect all the keys, turn in if applicable
  • Double-check that nothing is left behind
  • Unload everything or put it into storage, then treat the volunteers to food

Unpacking and Settling In

  • Put at least one trash bag for trash and one box for packing paper and peanuts in each room before unpacking
  • Make an action plan for unpacking
    1. Open Me First boxes
    2. Bathroom & Kitchen
    3. Everything Else
  • Set a regimented number of boxes to unpack each day
  • Make it a priority to buy new amenities before you need them
    • Toilet paper
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Plungers
    • Minor repair parts
  • Find the best routes to work and to necessary locations
  • Your personality is going to change as you settle in
    • Your new environment, peers and lifestyle routine will have a permanent change on your identity
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