Home Buying: The Final Chapter, Moving (Ugh!)

You have the keys in hand to your brand new home, but your stress has not ended – it is now time to move into your new home – in fact, moving is considered to be one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life. It is time-consuming and laborious, it can also take an emotional toll on everyone. There are many strategies out there that could help reduce the unpleasantness of moving, but here are some that will hopefully work for you as well:

  • Take an inventory of everything you own
  • Gather all documentation of antiques, paintings, jewelry, and other valuables
  • Gather and file all warranties, instruction booklets, and receipts
  • Gather all personal records
  • Gather all sales materials, fliers, copies of contracts, credit reports, telephone numbers, and everything associated with your move

Here is a moving checklist that will hopefully keep you organized leading up to and throughout your move:

Eight Weeks:

  • Remove necessary items from storage
  • Use things you cannot move
  • Secure a floor plan of your new home to assist in deciding what to and what not to keep
  • Start an inventory
  • Get estimates from at least three moving companies (if you are not going to move yourself)
  • Find out if your move is covered through your homeowner’s insurance
  • Create a file for documenting papers and receipts
  • Arrange to have children school records transferred if changing school districts

Six Weeks:

  • Find out about tax deductions
  • Evaluate possession inventory
  • Notify friends, family, professionals, creditors, subscriptions about your move
  • Begin the off-site storage process (if you plan on renting a storage unit)
  • Locate health care professional and hospitals (if you are moving to a completely new area)
  • Complete a change of address (postal service, banks, credit cards, etc.)
  • Clean closets
  • Hold moving/garage/yard sale or donate unwanted items
  • Select a mover (if applicable)
  • Contact your mover to make arrangement (if applicable)

Four Weeks:

  • Send furniture, drapes, carpets for repair/cleaning, if needed
  • Gather auto licensing and registration documents; medical, dental, and school records; birth certificates; wills; deeds; stock and other financial information
  • Contact gas, electric, oil, water companies; telephone, TV, trash collection companies for service disconnections and connections at both your old and new addresses
  • Request refunds on unused owner’s insurance, security deposit, and prepaid services
  • Contact insurance companies

Three Weeks:

  • Make travel plans if moving long distance
  • Arrange to close current bank accounts and open new ones, if necessary
  • Notify DMV of address change
  • Arrange for child care on moving day, if necessary

Two Weeks:

  • Arrange special transport for your pets and plants, if applicable
  • Service your car if making a long distance move
  • Contact your moving company and review the arrangements, if applicable

Not only can moving be stressful for you; if you have kids, it can be extremely stressful for them as well. Children need time to process big changes and there are many ways to help them with it: Good attitude, the use of media to help educate them on what they are going through, sensitivity, focusing on activities they enjoy, emphasizing how you will be staying in contact with old friends, giving them control over their new environment, assistance in packing their items, going over things to do at the new home. It is important to remember that is can take up to 16 months for adults an children to adjust to a large move.