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Six Week Plan to Keep Calm when Moving

Keep in mind the following moving tips from professional movers and consultants in order to reduce the chance of panic when preparing to move to a new home:

Six weeks ahead

• When your job requires relocation, verify what the company covers and your responsibilities.

• Establish moving dates, and reserve the truck and crew.

• Determine whether you or the movers will pack. If you're packing yourself, order moving boxes and packing supplies.

• Reserve a move-in date at the new home.

• List everyone you need to notify of the move. Update your contacts/address book.

• Obtain the post office’s change of address kit and use it to notify creditors, friends, family, doctors, lawyers, subscription companies and anyone else of the new address.

Five weeks ahead

• Arrange disconnections and new connections.

• Sort items you don’t want. Set a garage sale date or pickup/dropoff of donations.

• Contact the IRS or your accountant regarding forms and information about tax-deductible moving expenses.

• Check school schedules and enrollment requirements.

• Determine new driver’s license requirements and whether license plates and/or registration should be transferred.

• Apprise your insurance agent of the change or find a new agent for home, contents and automobile coverage.

• Select a bank, establish accounts and obtain a safe deposit box if moving out of the area.

• Sketch the new floor plan. Take room measurements. Determine how things will fit.

Four weeks ahead

• Arrange for records transfer.

• Hold the garage sale or donate items to charity. You might need more than one sale or gift trip.

• Verify time schedules with all concerned, including mover, real estate agent and/or landlord.

• Make arrangements for pets.

Three weeks ahead

• Confirm all dates.

• Arrange cleaning of new premises.

• Start packing and continue every day, a few boxes each time.

Two weeks ahead

• Devise a back-up plan in the event something falls through, such as the new location not being vacated on schedule. Find out whether lodging will be readily available and if the mover is flexible.

One week ahead

• Defrost the freezer. Give or throw away perishables you won’t eat in the next few days.

• Give away plants you can’t take with you.

Two days ahead

• Wash all laundry.

• Pack clothes and toiletries for however long it will take to regroup, a week or longer to be safe.

• Pack disposable plates and flatware, can opener, knife and non-perishable snacks and drinks.

• Use disposable plates and flatware and only those household items you absolutely must, such as towels, pans and a few tools.

• Do final confirmations, including utilities.

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