Make sure you notify schools, old and new. Notify the utility companies and if you are moving out of town, remember to obtain your medical and dental records. It's also a good idea to send change of address cards to your friends and relatives.
Items not to be moved
Decide which items you don't want to move and either arrange a garage sale or give them to a charity of your choice. A lot of items you no longer need might be helpful to friends and family.
One last look
When you're finished packing, take a last look. Check all your closets, your basement, garages and sheds. On such a busy day, it's easy to leave things behind. Make sure you have everything.
Pack one or two bags to take with you and mark the one or two boxes you will need immediately in your new home “open first”. This way, upon arriving at your destination you will know where to find everything you need.
It's very easy to make this common mistake and pack away items such as your keys, your plane tickets, and directions to your new house etc. While packing, make sure you know where all these items are.
MOVING WITH CHILDREN
Getting your kids involved is important to easing the transition to a new home. Moving can be particularly stressful for children. They have to deal with saying good byes to their friends, dealing with a new school and of course, leaving the security and comfort sometimes the only home they have ever known.
Talk to your children and explain why you are moving. Get them excited with talking about all the positives of the new place but also listen to their worries and concerns.
Involve the children in the move and finding a new home. Have them pack some personal items and assure them their items are coming with them and they will feel helpful and useful. Pack a few of your children's favorite toys, books and snacks to enjoy during the move. It is sometimes a good idea to get the kids a gift for the new home.
Moving with Pets - MOST OF THIS WILL APPLY TO LONG DISTANCE MOVES
This is the key to an easier transfer, regardless of the mode of transportation chosen. Travel arrangements should be made in advance of moving day. A good idea is to designate one person in the family for moving your pet. The pet may come with you in the car or plane or be moved separately by a pet mover but in both ways advance planning is key.
Last Minute Car Checklist
• Travel identification and rabies tags attached to pet’s collar?
• Necessary health documents and pet’s veterinary record on hand?
• Pet’s travel kit packed?
• Water container filled for pet?
• A leash in the car? Scooper? Bags?
• Sedative or tranquilizer administered to pet?
• Cage or carrier fixed in place so it won’t tip or slide around?
Birds & Small Caged Pets
On arrival in your new home
Best Mover 2014/2015
|1. Don't pack away your keys|
|2. Don't pack away your plane tickets|
|3. Label any box you need immediately "Open First"|
|4. Notify the utility companies about when to connect and disconnect power, cable, telephone etc.|
|5. Notify the post office to route your mail to your new location|
|6. Send change of address cards to friends and family|
|7. Keep out some pet food handy for your pets|
|8. Don't forget about your garden furniture or items in the yard|
|9. Take a last look around when the movers have completed loading the truck at the pickup site|
|10. Familiariaze yourself with local hospitals, urgent care facilities and pizza delivery restaurants!|