60 Days Before the Big Move: Checklist
Ok, now we are 60 days away from moving day. At this point, we should have determined where our next home will be. We have also come up with a healthy list of companies to satisfy our relocation needs. Also, we should have reviewed our new employment contract with an attorney to be sure that this move is official. At the 60-day mark, things can start rolling. I love love love checking things off of a list. Now is when my list-checking takes off. By this time you are far enough out from the move that you have a lot of options. But, you are close enough that you can start to finalize details.
So, what can I do 60 days before our move? What are practical tasks to complete as the moving date creeps upon us? Below is a checklist of things to do 60 days away from the big move.
Plan moving method and get at least three quotes
After the quote process, you should have a good idea of which company you will choose. Make sure you ask moving companies thorough questions to understand all moving details.
Finalize housing options for your new home
If you are renting an apartment, sign a lease. If you are searching for temporary housing, sign a contract now. If you want to buy a home, put down an offer. While it is nice to have these details sorted out 60 days before a move, sometimes we have to move sooner than we would like and have to finalize details in a shorter window of time. If you are trying to move on short notice, finding a temporary house is an option until you move and get a feel for your new city. You can then investigate each area and decide where you want to put your roots.
Give notice to the current landlord, if you rent
Notification dates may vary, based on your rental so check your lease.
Schedule use of loading dock or street curb permit at the origin and destination
Some cities require permits to block the street for a moving truck. A town we lived in needed a 5-day notice to receive the permit. If we didn’t have consent, we were fined more than $600 for blocking traffic. So planning for loading space is crucial.
Print out new employers moving policy, if you are relocating for a new job
If you are receiving compensation for relocation for a new career move, get everything in writing. Be sure to understand all terms before you make any moving commitments. It would be terrible to spend a couple of grand on the move and then realize you didn’t follow your new employer’s protocol for relocating. Then you would be out a couple of thousand dollars. For our most recent move, all receipts had to be in my husband’s name for his company to reimburse us. This detail was important because even though I was the point of contact for the moving company, I needed to have his name on the contract. There were a couple of documents I had to get them to edit. I could not sign the agreement until my husband’s name was on the forms.
Research and schedule a car transporter, if needed
If you are having cars transported separately, start your research now. There are great companies out there and some cruddy companies.
Make a plan for transporting pets, plants, and valuables
We always carry our valuable items with us, whether in the car or on the plane. While you would like to trust folks, you never know. If you are flying to your new hometown, how will your pet get there? What are the airplane policies? We were unable to have the moving company transport any live plants. See the prohibited items list, here. Unfortunately, moving cross country, we didn’t have any options other than to give them away.
Decide how you will arrange furniture in your new home, using the floor plan
We always want to make sure that our current furniture will fit well into our new place. If we know something isn’t going to work in our new home, we can get rid of it before the move which saves time and money later on.
Get rid of items no longer needed: donate, toss, or sell
Nothing is worse than unpacking boxes at your new home and finding a bunch of stuff you no longer need. Organize now and check out “Declutter: 30 Items you Must Get Rid of Before You Move” for more help. Would a garage sale help you get rid of items? Now is the time to schedule it.
Contact renters/home insurance to discuss the move, changing your address
We have also considered the details of coverage during our transition from one home to another with our renter’s insurance company. Each company has its policies, so double check what your coverage is should something get lost, stolen, or broken.
Notify doctors, dentists, and pharmacists of the move and arrange for the transfer of records and prescriptions
Doing this now will save you a lot of heartaches should you need to get to your new town and need a doctor ASAP. You can discover more information about finding a new doctor here.
Make travel arrangements for the move, whether you plan on flying or driving
If we are flying, I like to find the best deal I can. Therefore, I try to buy tickets for the flight as early as possible. If we are driving and need to stay overnight, I start researching hotels before they book up.
Meal plan to use up food in pantry & freezer
Most moving companies will not allow you to transport food. I hate throwing food away. So, I try to use everything up over the last couple of months. It is amazing how many meals you can make while trying to empty out the freezer.
Request day off from work for moving day
If you are completing a local move or working through your move date, make sure to request a vacation day so you can be present for moving day. Besides the moving binder, you are the next most important part of the move. 🙂
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