Moving Checklist to Keep You Organized As You Plan Your Move From The US To Europe & India
There are many things to consider when preparing for a move. Organizing these thoughts on a moving checklist will ensure that nothing is forgotten. At Universal Relocations, we took care of the task for you by making a moving checklist for each aspect of your move.
Here are a few helpful hints to get you moving:
8 weeks before move
- Take a full inventory of your belongings.
- Remove items from your attic, basement, storage shed, etc.
- Start to use up things you can’t move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies.
- Contact the Chamber of Commerce or visitor’s and tourism bureaus in your new community for information on your new city.
- Contact Universal Relocations at 1-888-323-7356 / 1-800-103-7356 to make arrangements for moving day.
- Discuss details about your move.
- Review Insurance coverage.
- Get understanding of the destination.
6 weeks before move
- If you’re moving at an employer’s request, verify the expenses and responsibilities of your employer. This will ensure you don’t have any last minute surprises.
- Contact the IRS and/or your accountant for information on what moving expenses may be tax-deductible.
- Begin to inventory and evaluate your possessions. What can be sold or donated.
- Make a list of everyone you need to notify about your move: friends, professionals, creditors, subscriptions.
- Obtain a mail subscription to the local paper in your new community to familiarize yourself with local government, community and social news and activities.
- Locate all motor vehicle registration and licensing documents.
- If some of your goods are to be stored, make the necessary arrangements now. We can help you with your storage requirements.
- Contact schools, doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants and obtain copies of your personal records. Ask for referrals where possible.
4 weeks before move
- Submit a Change of Address form to the post office.
- If you have pets and want to take them along. Please let us know. We have specialized services for Pet Relocation.
- Contact utility and related companies disconnecting services.
- However, remember to keep phone and utilities connected at your current home till the day you move.
- Contact Insurance coverage companies (auto, home, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.
- If you’re packing yourself, purchase moving boxes from your local mover. Pack items that you won’t need.
3 weeks before move
- Make travel arrangements and reservations for your trip. However, don’t make plane reservations for the same day that you’re moving out. House closings are often delayed, and other unexpected situations often arise.
- Collect important papers (coverage, will, deeds, stock, etc.).
- Arrange to close accounts at your local bank and open accounts in your new locale.
2 weeks before move
- Have your car checked and serviced for the trip. Also, make sure that your automobile is prepared (filled with the necessary antifreeze/coolant, for example) for the type of weather conditions you’ll be traveling in.
- If you’re moving out of or into a building with elevators, contact the building management to schedule use of the elevators.
- Contact your relocation consultant to review and confirm all arrangements for your move.
1 week before move
- Settle any outstanding bills with local merchants.
- Don’t forget to withdraw the contents of your safety deposit box, pick up any dry cleaning, return library books and rented videotapes, etc.
- Take pets to the veterinarian for any needed immunizations. Get copies of pets’ veterinary records.
- Drain gas and oil from power equipment (lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc.)
- Give away plants not being moved.
- Prepare specific directions to your new home for your moving company. (Include your itinerary, emergency numbers, etc.)
2 to 3 days before move
- Defrost your freezer and refrigerator. Block open doors so they can’t accidentally close on pets or children.
- Have your major appliances disconnected and prepared for the move. (Again, your relocation consultant can help with arrangements for a third party to provide these services)
- Pack a box of personal items that will be needed immediately at your new home. Have this box loaded last or carry it with you in your car.
- Organize and set aside things that you’re taking with you separately.
- Contact your relocation consultant to confirm arrival time of the moving van, as well as to notify them of any last minute details.
- Make sure that someone is at home to answer the van foreman’s questions.
- Record all utility meter readings (gas, electric, water).
- Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before you sign them. Keep these — and all related papers — in a safe location until all charges have been paid and all claims, if any, have been settled.
- Follow the Timeline for Moving.
- You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as items are checked off of your moving checklist. Moreover, as the weeks pass by, your moving timeline will help ensure that nothing has been overlooked or omitted from your planning, and that alone will go a long way towards relieving some of your anxiety.