What to Do 2 Months before Moving

What to Do 2 Months before Moving

About two months out, you should start thinking about certain aspects of your relocation.  Unless you’re relocating on a whim, there is an incredible amount of planning required for a smooth commercial move.  Follow these tips to ensure that your relocation goes off without a hitch.

Checklist: 8-10 Weeks before Moving

  • Start calling moving companies for estimates.  Some companies will give you an estimate online…just be careful if the company does not send a representative to confirm the price.  You want to get a written estimate.
  • Collect and call references on your prospective movers.
  • Generate a moving budget.
  • Plan for packing, timing, insurance, and shipping.
  • Create a “relocation file” to keep all correspondence, receipts, and important papers.
  • Look into tax deductions for moving.

Checklist: 7-8 Weeks before Moving

  • Make an inventory list of everything you own and separate into categories including: “to be handled by movers,” “handled by me,” and “discard or give away.”
  • Separate items that are hard or impossible to replace such as antique jewelry, mementos, stock certificates, and wills so that they are with you at all times.
  • Have a garage sale or donate your unwanted items to charity.
  • Arrange for disposal of other large items you aren’t moving with you.
  • Organize your dental and medical records for the relocation.
  • Check into driver licensing and auto tag registrations in your new area.
  • Make arrangements for your children’s school records to be transferred.

Checklist: 5-6 Weeks before Moving

  • Contact any local organizations and clubs about transferring, selling, or ending membership for when you move.
  • Familiarize yourself with the new area – learn where the shopping districts, hospitals, fire departments, and police stations are.  Get information on the local schools, parks, and other localities.