Moving a family, whether across town or across country, is a complicated task. You may well hear yourself asking questions such as “Where’d we get all this stuff?” or “Where’s the plates?” The following hints and checklists can make moving a bit less chaotic.
Before carrying in the first box or piece of furniture, inspect your home carefully. While Key Land Homes stands behind our craftsmanship, we do not cover any damage caused by movers or moving into your home.
Take precautions to protect vulnerable surfaces such as hardwood or resilient floors. Cover rails with moving pads or blankets. Remove doors where furniture might be a tight fit. You can protect carpet with ribbed, plastic runners.
Professional movers should have insurance for any damage they might accidentally cause. Friends and relatives will not. They are also unlikely to have the training and practiced skills of professional movers. If you are moving yourself, organize the schedule to avoid rushing and include rest breaks. People who are tired or in a hurry are more likely to hurt themselves or your belongings.
Whatever else is going on, at dinner time assemble the family for your first meal together in the new home. Sit across the card table from each other, smile, and say “We made it.”
Moving Preparation Checklist
Compare proposals of professional movers:
Costs for services such as packing and unpacking
Costs of packing materials and boxes
Distance and weight charges
Availability and notice needed
Plan a self-move well in advance:
Make truck reservation early (6-8 weeks, or more)
Include a reservation for a dolly and moving pads
Reconfirm one week prior
General Moving Items:
If you have children, involve them in planning and preparing for the move
Create a file for storing documents about your home and manufacturer literature
Retain receipts for tax purposes. Moving costs may be deductible
Donate unwanted items and return borrowed items
Send change-of-address cards to friends, credit companies, stores, magazines and book clubs six weeks prior to your move. Please note, you can manage this online at USPS.com or by picking up a change of address kit at your post office.
Give the forwarding order to your old post office one month prior to assure uninterrupted service
Register children in their new schools
Transfer medical and dental records, if necessary
Arrange for homeowner insurance and obtain the certificate you need for closing
Order checks with new your address; update financial records
Update your driver’s license, car and voter registration
Properly dispose of flammable or hazardous materials that should not be moved
Boxes of various sizes; cartons for mattresses
Packing tape and heavy string
Packing paper, newspaper, bubble wrap
Labels to identify boxes (include a number, room/name); “Fragile” labels for special items
Master packing list (list each box by number with name/room and brief description of contents)
Furniture pads, blankets, rugs
Moving Day Necessities
Children’s toys and games
Beverages and snacks
Soap and hand towels
First aid kit
Medical supplies for special needs
Pad and pen
Small tools: Tape measure, scissors, screwdrivers, hammer
Ice maker hook-up kit
Dryer vent flex hose
New hoses for washing machine
Phone and phone book
One last suggestion – moving into a new home is a lot of work. However well you have planned the details, becoming truly settled into your new home takes most families some time. Be realistic in your expectations and enjoy the process of making your new house into your new home.
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