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v. Katie Bentzen

By Katie.bentzen | Broker in Los Angeles, CA

Moving Countdown: Preparing for your Move

Planning and preparing down to the last few details will make your move easier.  The following schedule will help keep you on track.

8 Weeks Before the Move
  • If you are using a professional mover, get estimates from different moving companies and choose the one that best suits your needs.
  • If you are moving yourself, get estimates from the truck rental companies.  Be sure to reserve in advance.
  • Draw a floor plan of your house.  This will help decide what furniture stays and what furniture will go.
  • Use up things that can't be moved - such as food in your freezer and flammable household aerosol cleaning products. 
  • Ask your agent for a relocation package for your new location or contact the Chamber of Commerce in your new location and start gathering information about your new hometown.
6 Weeks Before the Move
  • Discuss costs, insurance, packing, loading, delivery, and the claims procedure with your mover.
  • Inventory all of your possessions now.  Determine what can be sold and what can be donated for a tax deduction to charity.
  • Get copies of your records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, and veterinarians, etc. 
  • Make arrangements to transfer your child's school records.
  • Find out from your accountant or the IRS about tax-deductible moving expenses.  Make sure you keep accurate records.
4 Weeks Before the Move
  • If you have contracted to have the mover do all the packing for you, arrange to have this task completed a day or two before loading the truck.
  • If you need it, arrange for storage.
  • Clean or repair furniture, curtains or carpets that need it. 
  • Hold a garage sale.  Use the extra cash to splurge a little on your new place.
  • If you are moving yourself, figure out how many boxes you'll need.  Many truck rental companies will provide this service.
3 Weeks Before the Move
  • Assemble packing materials
  • Furniture pads
  • Hand truck
  • Dolly 
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Crumpled newspapers
  • Scissors 
  • Utility knife
  • Large self-stick labels
  • Felt tip markers
  • Boxes and more boxes!
  • Arrange to cancel utilities and services at your old home and have them installed at your new home.
  • Make travel and hotel reservations.
  • Begin packing items you don't need.  Don't pack too much weight in an unreinforced box.
  • Make sure your cell phone works in your new neighborhood.
  • Get car license, registration, and insurance in order, as necessary.
2 Weeks Before the Move
  • Arrange to transfer all your bank accounts to new branch locations.
  • Make any special arrangements to move pets, such as purchasing airline reservations and traveling containers.  Consult your veterinarian about how to make moving easier on your pet.
  • Have your car checked and serviced for the trip.  Make sure tires are in good shape and all fluids are at adequate levels.
  • Cancel any direct deposit or automatic payment arrangements on bank accounts that you are closing.
  • Cancel delivery services.
1 Week Before the Move
  • Transfer all medical prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new location.
  • If you will need a babysitter, arrange for moving day service.
  • Return library books.
2 or 3 days Before the Move
  • Defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Have the movers pack your shipment.
  • Arrange to have cash, a certified check, or money order ready to pay the driver on the delivery day.
  • Set aside valuables and legal documents to go with you, not on the moving van.
  • Pack clothes and toiletries to go with you; take a day or two of extra clothes in case of delay.
  • Pack first day handy items box to go with you.
Moving Day
  • Do it yourself movers should pick up truck early.
  • Make a list of every item and box loaded onto the truck.
  • Let the mover know where you can be reached.
  • Before you sign it, read the bill of loading.  Keep it in a safe place until your goods are delivered, charges are paid, and any claims settled.
  • Check your old house to make sure you've turned off your appliances and the water. 
  • Leave the keys and garage door openers in the house.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to mover. 
Delivery Day
  • Assemble First Day Handy Items
  • Scissors 
  • Utility Knife
  • Coffee Cups 
  • Tea kettle/Coffee maker
  • Paper plates
  • Toilet paper
  • Instant coffee/tea/soft drinks
  • Shelf liner
  • Check off all boxes and items as they come off the truck
  • Install new locks
  • Make sure the utilities are hooked up.
  • Unpack the kids' toys and pets' toys
  • Toiletries kit
  • Trash Bags
  • Bath Towels
  • Masking tape
  • Pencils & paper
  • Soap

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