90 Days Before the Big Move: Checklist
Every time I find out we are moving, I freak out a little bit. What do I need to do? How soon do I need to start planning for the move? Do I need to complete my moving checklist now? In the past, I have made the mistake of contacting a moving company way too early. It was six months before I knew we were moving. To get an accurate estimate, I needed to give exact details such as the date we were planning to move and the address of our final destination. I had no clue about those details. I didn’t even know what city we were going to be living in. All I knew is that we were moving halfway across the country in six months. The person I spoke to on the other line laughed at me and told me to contact them once I had more details figured out.
After so many moves in the past decade, I have decided to come up with a timeline. Something I can reference if we are to move again or if a close friend is to ask me how to plan a move. I want to break this massive task of relocation into baby steps. Here is the 90-day Checklist. I also created checklists for 60-day, 30-day, 2-week, 1-week, and moving day. I like to review our progress on the move and complete tasks on time, so I do not get overwhelmed. Here is a more compact, printable moving checklist.
So, what can I do 90 days before our move? What are practical tasks to complete this far out from a relocation? Below is a checklist of things to do 90 days out.
Make a Moving Binder
Keeping organized is an essential part of the moving process. Check out “The Best Way to Stay Organized While Moving”
Send your new employment contract to an attorney for review
Have them review the terms of your new job. Now is the time to make changes to your agreement, if needed.
Begin researching moving companies based on your desired method of movement
What kind of moving methods are available? How do you find the right company? I like to ask close friends and family for recommendations. Who have they used in the past? I also ask future employers if they have suggestions. I also scour online reviews. What do people like about a company? What do people dislike? Are there comments legit? Or do people blow little details out of proportion? I usually start reviewing companies even before 90 days because I like to narrow down to five companies that I feel confident in contacting. Therefore, I can see what their communication style is like early in the process. I prefer prompt and thorough responses. If I don’t hear back from a company in a reasonable time, I usually drop them from my list of contenders.
Look for housing options in your new town
Because we move as much as we do, renting has always been the best option for us. If you are looking to buy, connect with a realtor in your new town. We like to visit our new city for a couple of days and get a feel for various neighborhoods. We will rent a car, and on the first day, we will drive around looking at different areas. I jot down notes of places we are interested in, available apartments, and compatible neighborhoods while my husband navigates around the city. Usually, I have researched areas before the trip, so we will schedule appointments to check out apartments for our second day. That evening we review our day and narrow down neighborhoods and rentals that work best for us.
Start looking at travel options
Now is the time to look at options for moving. Are you going to fly? If so, do you have points you can use with a particular airline? Are there deals to keep your eye on for flights? Or, are you going to drive? How long will it take to drive? Do you need to make arrangements for overnight travel? The 90-day mark is when I start to brainstorm ideas so I can narrow down my options over the next month.
Take inventory of all of your belongings
Just in case we ever need to provide proof of our belongings and the condition that they are in, we take a video of everything. At our last home, my husband started in the front entryway and walked from room to room videotaping every item in our house. He would open drawers, closets, cabinets to record all things inside. We layout all of our jewelry and valuables on the bed and take a video. This way, if anything ever came up missing, we were able to show that it was part of our inventory.
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