Essential Tasks to Take the Stress Out of Moving

The sale is coming close to being complete – now it’s time to turn to your personal calendar to figure out your own to-do lists to prepare you for your move. We’ve pulled together a timeline for your consideration. Read on to get ideas as to what you need to do.

30 Days Out

Switching neighborhoods?  This is the time to start canceling recurring charges such as a community center or gym memberships. Keep in mind that some of these subscription services – such as fitness centers – require 30 days’ notice before cancellation takes effect, so doing this sooner rather than later will save you cash in the long run.

If you’ve got 30 days or less left using these recurring services, it’s time to start canceling them now well in advance. Your credit card will thank you.

Some services make it difficult to cancel in an easy way, such as online. Remember that you may have to pick up the phone and then confirm that the service is indeed canceled.

Also keep in mind that – on the reverse side – some subscription services you wish to keep may wind up being canceled even if you don’t want them to be, since your mailing address will be changing. Be certain to notify places such as online pharmacies of your impending move.

Two Weeks Out

This is the point where you’re going to want to visit the post office to change your mailing address. In order to do this in plenty of time for mail to begin arriving at your new residence, you’ll want to do this two weeks before the planned move.

If you don’t want to visit the post office, remember that there is an online form for the purpose. That way you can do it from the comfort of your desk or easy chair.

By the time you’re two weeks out, you’re also going to want to contact any insurance companies in order to ensure uninterrupted coverage. For example, you need to get in touch with your car-insurance firm since required coverage can vary depending on your state of residence. Do your research so you don’t wind up getting the short end of the stick.

One Day Out

You’re getting down to the wire – are you ready? This is the time to start really honing in on what you need to do to get ready for your new life in your new place. That means packing a to-go box for the first 24 hours in your new home so that you don’t have to tear into your boxes straight away. This box should contain items like disposable plates and flatware, cleaning supplies, and toilet tissue – and anything else that you might need for your first day in your new home.

This is also the time to pack your plants if you’re taking them along for the move. Remember to leave your shovels for the job – you’re going to want to carefully dig up the root balls in order for a smooth transplant in the new yard. Transport each plant in its own bucket.

Finally, snap pictures of all electronics so you remember where those tangled wires lead. The last thing you want to do is have a delay in being connected – it can be very important as you’re settling in – so this is a smart step in the right direction.

Remember, these tasks will get done, so take a deep breath and make sure to make to-do lists. We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to check out other content on!