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Getting Ready for the Big Day: Timeline and To-Dos

As you prepare for your move, you’re probably wondering what needs to be done and in what order. Here is a handy list of essential things to check off as you prepare. If you’re closer to your move than 90 days, don’t worry. Start with the ‘90 Days Ahead’ list and proceed from there.

90 Days Ahead

  1. Put together a moving folder. Staying organized is the key to a successful and stress-free move. Purchase an accordion file folder. Place all your move-related receipts, notes, and inventory sheets in the file. Then label it accordingly.
  2. Get rid of the junk. Lighten your load and save yourself money by getting rid of things you don’t want or need anymore. The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are great places to donate your used goods and get a tax write-off for doing so.
  3. Make an inventory. Keep a detailed list, by room, of your home’s contents and keep the list in your moving folder.
  4. Dispose of old appliances. Donate or sell your old, outdated appliances. Not only will you save yourself time and energy in your move but newer models are also more efficient than older ones, saving you additional money in the long run. Craigslist is an ideal place to list your appliances for sale. If you’re unable to sell them, consider donating them to charity.
  5. Document, document, document. Nothing is more frustrating than being unable to locate names, phone numbers, or conversations during your move. Keep your notes in your moving folder.
  6. Get your medical records. Even if you’re moving across town, now is an ideal time to get copies of your medical and dental records for your personal files and to save time when you establish care with new providers.

60 Days Ahead

  1. Contact specialty movers. Not all movers will move all things. Call your moving company to find out what they will and won’t move. If you have things that they won’t move, like a piano or artwork, find a specialty mover to arrange for pick-up and delivery. Corrigan does specialize in these things, but we do have a list of items that can’t be transported.
  2. Contact new and old utility companies. Now is the time to call your utility companies (cable or satellite television, water, sewer, natural gas, heating oil, electric, and phone company) to arrange for service to be suspended or transferred. In some areas, utilities are de-regulated, and you may have a choice of utility providers. Check out this map to see places where services are deregulated.
  3. Contact old and new schools. Be sure to contact your children’s old and new schools to arrange for a transfer of academic and health records.
  4. Get your packing materials. Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, and Office Depot are the best places to get boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and bubble wrap. Some retailers, like Home Depot, allow you to return unused (and occasionally used) boxes for a refund. Check before you buy.
  5. Get your insurance in place. Call your agent or insurance company to see if you can transfer your coverage to your new home. If not, here’s a list of national insurance companies that can help you with your needs.
  6. Get health certificates from veterinarians. This often-overlooked item can save you time and money in setting up care for your beloved pet.

30 Days Ahead

  1. Begin packing the things you don’t often use.
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  3. Cancel subscriptions to local newspapers and periodicals.
  4. Notify your employer of your plans to move.

1 Week Before the Move

  1. Finish packing.
  2. Get cash on hand for emergencies.
  3. Pack your suitcases.

1 Day before the Move

  1. Pack a box of things you’ll need before your movers arrive (your ‘first night box’).
  2. Walk through your house, count the boxes by room, and document the number in your moving folder. If your boxes aren’t numbered, now is the time to write a number (i.e., box 2 of 12) clearly on each box.
  3. Do a final walk-through with your mover, make sure all your questions are answered, and verify your box count with your mover.

Moving Day

  1. Sign the bill of lading.
  2. Lock your windows, turn off the lights, close the doors take a final tour after the movers have finished, and say a proper goodbye to your old home.

These tips will save your time, energy, hassle, and money during your move. Good luck!


If you need some help with your move, Corrigan Moving Systems is ready to assist. Contact us today.

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