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Cut the Stress with a Moving Checklist

Moving can be an exciting life change; however, it can also be a very stressful event if you're not properly prepared.

It's important to create a detailed checklist a few months ahead of time in order to ensure things go smoothly.  Here are some points to get you started:

Two Months Before

  • Itemize all of the major items you'll be moving.
  • Get estimates and book the movers or rental truck.
  • Start sucking up to friends and family for help!
  • Have a garage sale to get rid of excess clutter.

One Month Before

  • Update your insurance, medical and school records to your new location.
  • Arrange to disconnect and reconnect utilities and telephone/Internet services.
  • Notify any other important parties of your address changes.

A Few Weeks Before

  • Plan meals so food in your fridge and freezer gets used up.
  • Gather boxes and pack up items you don't regularly use.
  • Arrange for someone to look after your pets on moving day.
  • Return library materials and other rental items.

The Final Week

  • Water your plants a couple of days before you move.
  • Pack up belongings and clearly label items that are fragile.
  • Pack a suitcase with items you'll need to get you through the first week in your new home.
  • Gather valuable items such as legal documents and family photos so you can transport them yourself.

Day of the Move

  • Double check the movers have your new address and cell phone number.
  • Have lots of refreshments on hand for your busy helpers!
  • Remove the light bulbs from all of your lamps.
  • Make sure you have your new keys.

Moving causes a wide range of emotions from sadness to extreme excitement.  Although moving can be stressful at times, a little bit of planning will provide you with some very valuable peace of mind.  With the help of the above checklist, you can now breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy this exciting new phase of your life!

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