Planning a move? Use a relocation checklist
If you just got the news that you’ll soon be moving, there are probably a lot of thoughts going on in your head. How much time do I need? Who do I need to call? Where do I start? While planning a long distance move may seem overwhelming at first, using a moving checklist is an easy way to stay on track.
Finding the right list
One of the best ways to get a relocation checklist is to download one. A step-by-step guide will not only keep you organized, but will also prevent you from forgetting a necessary task. Things such as updating your Netflix billing information or getting a P.O. Box in your new city may not come to mind during the initial stages of the moving process, but they might cause a problem later on if they’re not completed.
Here are five things to do before a move:
- Get quotes from moving companies
- Compile medical and dental records
- Notify credit card companies and banks
- Plan meals that use food you can’t pack
- Complete repairs that need to be made before you can sell your home
For a complete list, download the U-Pack moving checklist.
Tips for completing a moving checklist
Feeling like you can’t possibly complete this list on time? These tips will help you get through it:
Know the particulars
Before you can start checking things off, you’ll need some information about your move. Knowing the general location you’ll be moving to and having an idea about when you want to move will make things easier to plan. It might also be a good idea to review the entire checklist and see if you need to add anything specific to your situation or eliminate things that don’t apply to you.
Moving checklists are designed to limit the number of tasks you need to complete each week. While some things can be easily adjusted, you’ll probably want to stick to the plan as much as possible to avoid a last-minute rush to get everything done.
Rely on friends and family
If you want to reduce the number of items you have to do, consider asking for help from friends and family. They can help you pack, organize a moving sale or provide babysitting or pet sitting services so you can focus on other tasks. Having support can make a big difference in how you feel about your move — don’t worry about doing everything yourself if someone can easily help out.
Make a contribution
Donating to a church or non-profit organization is a great way to get rid of unnecessary items before a move. Not only will you be giving to a good cause, you’ll also save time by not having a moving sale, and you’ll be able to deduct the donation on your taxes. Plus, the less you move, the more you’ll save!
Moving in less than eight weeks
Most relocation checklists are set up to help you complete a move in eight weeks. If you don’t have that much time, there are some tasks that can be taken care of at a later date. Just make sure these necessary items are on your list:
- Get quotes from moving companies and make a reservation with the service you choose
- Arrange for loading or unloading help if needed or pack your belongings yourself
- Pack an essentials box for the first few nights in your home (include things like toilet paper, towels, trash bags, etc.)
- Pack a travel bag with clothing and toiletries (make sure you have enough for travel and the first few days in the new place)
- Notify utility services at your current and future addresses
- Send a change of address request to the Postal Service
Do you have questions about our moving to do list? Leave a comment below. If you’re ready to move, U-Pack can help. Get a free moving quote online or call 1-800-413-4799.