FInding a new place to live is an exciting time in anyone's life. You've just navigated the real estate market to find the perfect home, and you will move in shortly. When you've come to the realization that there is so much to do, there is no better way to get organized than to have a checklist.
Prepare To Pack
First, decide what is coming with you and what isn't. Get rid of the stuff you are not taking by donating it or throwing it away. Stock up on a sufficient amount of packing materials, such as boxes, tape and packing peanuts.
Hire A Moving Company or Moving Van
Call a few places for the best rates. You need to know exactly how you will be transporting your belongings. Plan accordingly for items such as beds and heavy furniture, and ask people to be available to assist with the moving, if necessary.
Make Arrangements For The Day Of The Move
You may be at the real estate office for settlement on the big day, or have children that need to be cared for. Decide what you will do with your belongings if you will be signing paperwork for an hour or so, or who will sit with the kids.
Change Your Address With Various Organizations
You need to change your address with the post office and the IRS. Let your family and friends know about your change of address. Prior to the move, monitor incoming mail and notify companies of your change of address accordingly. You'll be notifying banks, credit card and utility companies, and insurance companies.
Cancel Utility Service
You'll need to notify utility companies to cancel service to your current home. Schedule the shut off for the day after you move. This is extremely important, and you don't want it to slip your mind!
Make Sure Your New House Is Move In Ready
Your new house may need to be cleaned or decluttered prior to the big day. Schedule a time to get this done!
Pack non-essential items first. Try to get a good amount of packing done as soon as possible so you won't be rushing around close to the big day.
Navigate Your New Neighborhood
Take some time and get to know the area where your new home is located. If you are relocating to a completely new town, you may need to find a new supermarket, a new shopping mall, a new bank, and more. Make a list of all of the places you frequent in your current neighborhood, and be sure to find replacements.
Notify Insurance Companies And Schools
Notify car and house insurance companies of your move. Notify your children's school, if applicable.