Cross Country Moving – Making a Checklist

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Cross country moving can be a huge task, especially if you’re not prepared. However, you can reduce a lot of the stress and anxiety of a cross country move by being well-prepared.

Organize Moving Plans Two Months Prior to Move Date

Don’t wait to make the necessary arrangements until the last minute. Start about 2 months ahead of the planned move date. Begin by obtaining estimates from several movers or rental companies if you’re planning on using a van. Check with your accountant as to what moving expenses are tax deductible. Familiarize yourself with the community where you’ll be residing. Obtain maps and information online. Buy the necessary boxes you’ll need for packing. Make sure you have labels for your boxes as well.

Get Rid of What You Don’t Need

Now is a good time to take an inventory of what you have on hand and what items can be given away or donated. Get rid of any excess clutter you don’t need. Make sure any flammable or hazardous chemicals are discarded. Also, give away any plants you don’t want to move. Contact the post office for a change-of-address kit and notify insurance companies in the area you’ll be moving about coverage. Check on any self storage facilities you’ll be needing in the area you’re going to live. Start packing the items you won’t be needing for several weeks first, such as good china, books and out-of-season clothes. Label the boxes and put them in a corner out of the way.

Arrange to Have the Utilities Turned Off

Contact the utility companies to turn off the utilities, such as gas, electric, phone, cable TV or water. Phone the utility companies in your new community and arrange to have them turned on there.

Take Care of the Ancillary Details

Since you’ll be traveling a good distance, arrange to have your car serviced. If you’re moving out of a building with elevator access, schedule a time with management as to when you can use the elevators. Contact your doctor, dentist or vet to obtain the needed records. Remove any contents from you safety deposit box at the bank. Obtain cashiers checks for the moving company if you’re using one or purchase traveler’s checks. Also, contact friends, family and professional acquaintances about your move, and, of course, continue to pack.

Check your Inventory

Whether you drive yourself or are meeting movers, make sure that you take an inventory of everything you’ve packed. The boxes should be labeled and marked FRAGILE as required. Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll want to check everything again. Sort through the boxes slowly and carefully and unpack only what is necessary. If you’re using a mover, keep in constant contact with him to make sure everything is going as planned and there are no delays. Should you arrive late at your new home, stay in a hotel overnight so you can face the next day’s activities with renewed energy.

Keep the above information in mind as you plan your move. By acclimating yourself to your new community before you arrive and making the necessary arrangements ahead of time, you’ll be able to handle your move with more confidence and a lot less hassle.

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