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A Task List of Things to Do 8 Weeks Before You Move House

Things to Do Two Months Before You Move

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In order to keep your move on schedule, you'll need to keep a task list of things to do eight weeks before you move. Remember, it's just two months before you say goodbye to your house, your neighborhood, family and friends, and by now you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Not to worry. Just keep this handy list next to your side and with a bright red marker, tick off the items as you complete them. Soon you'll find yourself actually looking forward to moving day!

  1. Purchase a journal or use a coiled binder, and keep notes on your move. Include "to do" lists, reminders, phone conversations and what you've already accomplished. This is particularly important as you start to call movers, shippers, truck rental companies and other companies that will be helping with your move.

  2. Obtain a floor plan of your new residence. Using a floor plan can help you sort through your things, helping you decide what household goods you want to keep and which ones you need to give away, in particular, if you're downsizing your space or are moving long distance and want to save costs on hiring movers. In other words, more stuff = more weight = more money.

  3. Take an inventory of all household goods. Taking a household inventory will help you keep track of what you're moving and what's staying behind, plus gives you a list of stuff that a moving company will need.

  4. Decide if you're going to move yourself or hire professionals. If you're hiring a moving company, you'll need to start the process. Before you hire, know what to look for and how to choose the best. Contact a minimum of three and set-up estimate interviews. To help with your interviews, read Questions to Ask the Moving Company, then write out your questions in your moving book. Or use the handy moving company checklist when making your calls.

  5. Choose a mover.It's important to choose a mover early, especially if you're moving during the summer when movers are often booked months in advance. The earlier you research your mover, the more options you'll have in terms of who you hire.

  6. Will you need to purchase additional insurance? Find out how much the moving company will cover, then contact your insurance agent and ask if your homeowners or rental policy can apply to moving your household goods.

  7. Establish a file for all moving papers and receipts. If you need help, go to Collect and Sort Your Records.

  8. Arrange to transfer or obtain your child's school records.

  9. If you need to use storage facilities, check out your options, compare prices and book the space. Storage, like movers, should be booked in advance. If you're not sure about the amount of storage space you need, use this guide to help you decide on storage size.

  10. Make a running list of people you need to notify of your change of address. Keep it handy (on the refrigerator) so you can add to it as the days tick by. Or print out the Change of Address checklist to ensure you don't miss anyone.

  11. Start looking at what, if any, packing supplies you'll need. Make a list, and if you're ordering off the Internet, order your supplies now. Confused about what to order? Go to Packing Supplies: What Do I Need?. You can also check out this easy-to-follow video guide to packing essentials - it'll show you quickly what you'll need to pack and move.

  12. Purchase a lockable box and/or file box to keep important documents. Start collecting and sorting your records. Keep adding to it as you begin to pack.

  13. Complete any home improvements/repairs you have agreed to do. Home renovations or improvements are necessary when selling your home. But if you're renting, then you also need to consider what you need to do to ensure you can collect your damage deposit when you move out. Either way, there will be things you need to do to get your old home ready for your move out.
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