Interstate Moving Made Simple: A Checklist

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Interstate Moving Made Simple: A Checklist

Staff Writer · Mar 23, 2010

Interstate moving can be a challenge but with the right preparation, it can be easily facilitated as well. Organize yourself beforehand and your interstate move will not be as stressful as you might think. You’ll first need to familiarize yourself with your new community by obtaining information online. Find out what streets are the most accessible for moving purposes. Get acquainted with the landscape before the move so you’ll be able to travel to your destination with less worry and more confidence.

Prepare for Your Move about Two Months Ahead of Schedule

You’ll want to prepare for your move by obtaining the required estimates from rental companies, if you’re planning on driving a van, or movers. Remember, for interstate moves, movers charge with respect to the weight of the items being moved, the distance of the move, packing and other services. Firm up an agreement and purchase the necessary cartons and labels. Check with the IRS as to what moving expenses are deductible. Also, as stated, print out maps and community information about the area where you’ll be living.

Take an Inventory

Take a survey of your furnishings and furniture, clothes and other miscellany. Donate any items you don’t need. Give away plants you can’t take with you to friends and family. Obtain a change-of-address kit from the post office and notify friends, family and professional colleagues of your move. Prioritize your move by packing the items first you won’t be needing for several weeks, such as books, out-of-season clothes, good china and stemware. Label the boxes and mark certain boxes FRAGILE as needed. Send out slipcovers and carpets for cleaning so they’ll be returned wrapped and ready to be moved. Obtain wardrobe boxes to store hanging clothes. It will save you a lot of time with regards to packing and unpacking. Pack similar items together to make unpacking easier too.

Handle Outside Details

Make sure you spend a day to have your car checked and serviced. Also, obtain the appropriate records, if necessary, from your vet, dentist or doctor. Go to the bank and remove any contents from your safe deposit box and obtain traveler’s checks. Make sure you contact the appropriate utilities to have service disconnected, such as gas, water, electric and cable TV. Also, contact the utility companies in your new community to have service established. Notify insurance companies as well to obtain coverage for your vehicle or apartment.

Organize your Boxes

List your labeled boxes and make sure you have everything for your move. When you get to your new home, check to make sure you have everything you packed. Check for damage too. Organize your boxes and sort through them thoroughly so you only unpack the needed items first.

Stay in Contact

Whether you’re using movers or moving with friends and family members, make sure you stay in contact with everybody involved in the move to stay on schedule and to reduce delays.

Keep the above tips in mind and your move will be a breeze.

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