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How to Prepare a Moving Checklist

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

As far back as recorded history takes us, we find human beings using lists, numbers and pictures to organize and arrange everything from home commodities to entire armies. Even until this present day, hand-written or typed lists come in handy when you want to monitor your money or assets. Preparing lists can especially help when you are about to move to a new location. These are known as moving checklists.

If you have witnessed a home removal, or experienced it yourself, you will know what kind of hassle it is. Usually people are excited to move to another place, but taking the cargo along kills all the excitement. Preparing moving checklists are therefore necessary to reduce the fatigue associated with relocating, to a certain extent.

Although a checklist is a personalized document, there are some general features found in every list. Usually, a list is divided into monthly and weekly plans, along with instructions on what to do on the main day. Start by noting down what you will do a month or two before you plan to move. List down meetings with removal companies (if you plan to hire one) and inform your relatives and friends about your new abode.

Complete all the tasks that require documentation one month prior. This will include submitting the change of address at the post office, transferring the bank account, and school transfer applications if you have children in the house. It will also be beneficial to lighten your load on the moving day by disposing or selling some of your belongings that you do not need. Organize a garage sale, or pass the word among the people you know regarding the items you plan to sell.

When only a couple of weeks remain to move, notify to the authorities about shutting the utilities in your present home and installing them in the new one. This is also a good time to return anything you borrowed or rented such as books and DVDs. This is also the time when you should start packing gradually and labeling the boxes so that everything is well organized.

Finally, on the moving day, arrange for essential items of immediate use such as food, cutlery and toiletries. Remember to eat at the start of the day, as you require energy (and you may not get a chance to eat for a long time!). Make the final inspection of your present house, and once you have double-checked it, lock the door and hand over the keys to the estate agent or the new owner.

Remember, this is a just a structure of what a moving checklist should look like. When you prepare one yourself, you will of course have other items on the list, but be sure to write even the smallest details. Do not count on your memory!

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