5 Steps To Prep For Relocation
Whether you’re moving into your dream home, downsizing or packing up for your next job transfer, moves can be stressful. You may feel a little overwhelmed with not knowing where to start first. Here is a five-step plan to help you organize:
Obtain Three Quotes
Regardless of whether you’re moving to a new neighborhood or across the country, get three moving quotes. Make certain you understand liabilities, licensing and insurance information. Plus, it’s always a good idea to ask for referrals.
Inventory Your Move
It may sound like you’re managing retail stock for a few months, but you should inventory everything in your home. Do this by room — it’s easier to coordinate that way. Keep a spreadsheet of all items. Also, while you have the inventory, go ahead and put a replacement value on it as well. You will be able to use this information for your new homeowners policy or should something happen during the move.
Clean and Donate
If you have enough time, tackle each room by itself. This will allow you to completely go through everything and decide which items you want to keep. Donate items that you no longer want. For items that are seasonal, go ahead and start packing them to store away. Make certain labels are clearly defined and that you have the designated room marked on the box or storage container.
Documents and Electronic Storage
Many homeowners forget this step when moving. It’s important to remember that getting all of your documents organized and backed up properly may take a few days. For hardcopies, go through and decide what you’ll need to keep. If you don’t have a mobile file container, invest in one that you can take with you. Shred and recycle documents that you no longer need. For electronic documents and photos, store them in a cloud service just in case. Should something happen to your laptop or desktop during the move, you will still be able to access all of your important items.
Plan Your Move
Keep a calendar and work backwards. Plan each activity by day so nothing is forgotten. Also, plan your change of address too. Make certain you have all utilities up and running at least a few days prior to your move-in date. If you need to plan for childcare or dog sitting, do so ahead of time. Remember, things just work better when it’s organized.
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