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3 to 4 weeks out: Plan your Move!
- Take an inventory of your current home, room by room. Use an inventory worksheet to get an idea of everything you own. Now ask yourself if everything will be making the move with you. Start to break things into two basic categories: what do you want to keep and what don't you need anymore? Consider getting rid of stuff you haven't used in the past year or two (clothes, appliances, toys, books, CDs, collectibles, hats, furniture, etc.). If it hasn't been used in that long, chances are you won't miss it. For each item that won't be making the trip to your new home, decide whether to sell it on eBay, donate it to charity, recycle it or just throw it away.
- Start collecting boxes and other packing supplies. Ordering boxes online is quick, easy and can save you time and money. You can order a wide selection of boxes and supplies and have them delivered right to your door.
- Think about what moving will mean for your kids. If you have children, talk to them about the upcoming move to make them comfortable with the idea. Make sure to contact your children's current school administration to arrange to have school records transferred to their new school.
- And, think about how moving will affect your pets. If you have pets and they suffer from anxiety, check with your veterinarian for a recommendation on medication you can give your pet a day or so before the move and for a few days after. You may also need to make arrangements to move your pet to your new home if you are traveling a long distance or flying.
- Make a list of medical professionals that you and your family have seen in the past. Be sure to include complete addresses and phone numbers for each, as you will need this information to have your medical records transferred to your new health care providers. Don't forget to list all prescription medications. Consider asking your current doctors if they can refer you to a medical professional in your new city.
- Call your insurance agent. It's important to understand what changes you should expect in your policies when moving to another city or state. You may want to ask if moving-related claims are covered and also arrange for insurance for your new home. Easily compare insurance prices online.
- Cancel any monthly memberships. Don't forget about contacting your health club or any other organizations you have joined. Ask if you can end, sell or transfer your memberships. Don't let moving be an excuse for not getting to the gym.
- Get a head start on the packing. Start using up things that can't be moved, such as frozen foods, bleach and aerosol cleaners. Consider boxing up items you don't use that often. You can even set up short-term or long-term storage to get them out of your way.