Study the following suggested list of things to do during each time period, omit any that don't apply to you. Enter the remaining items on a desk or wall calendar, counting down to "M" day.
Six to Eight Weeks Before "M" Day:
Inventory household goods.
Make appointments with movers to get estimates and answers to questions.
Begin using up things that you can't take with you--especially frozen and other food items.
Start collecting cartons and packing materials if you are doing your own packing.
Four to Six Weeks Before "M" Day:
Notify the post office of your new address and the date of your move.
Mail changes of address cards to magazines, business accounts, credit-card companies, insurance agencies, etc.
Start planning a garage sale, if you intend to hold one.
Two to Four Weeks Before "M" Day
Have your rugs and draperies cleaned.
Obtain written appraisals for antiques.
Hold your garage sale. Arrange with a charitable organization for the pickup of items to be donated.
One Week Before "M" Day:
Pick up or have delivered any items being cleaned or repaired.
Return library books. Return any items you have borrowed from friends or neighbors and collect any that you have lent.
Pack a box of essentials that you will need on arrival and label it "load last". Include paper towels, paper plates, cups and napkins; soap shampoo, toothbrushes and toilet tissue; light bulbs, pliers, screwdrivers, hammer and assorted nails and screws; and the current telephone book.
Label the containers of the articles that you will be taking yourself "do not load".
Check drawers to make sure all contents have been removed.
Defrost and clean out the refrigerator and freezer.
Do the last load(s) of laundry and let the washer dry out.
Check with your mover as a final confirmation of dates.
The Day Before "M" Day:
If packers are packing, wash and dry dishes, place them in their regular places in the kitchen cabinets.
If packers are packing, leave pictures and mirrors on the walls.
Remove sheets, blankets, and spreads from beds.
Disconnect permanently attached articles that you are taking--drapery rods, towel racks, light fixtures, etc.
Check closets, attic, basement, and garage for items you may have overlooked.
Take care of travel arrangements for pets. Make sure you have food, water, dishes, and leash.
Label all cartons "LOAD, "DO NOT LOAD", "FRAGILE" and "LOAD LAST". Most importantly, label each container according to the room where it is to be placed at the destination.
Be on hand when the movers arrive. If you cannot be there during the whole loading process, authorize someone to act in your place.
Accompany the driver through your house as he or she does the initial walk-through. Note any pieces requiring special handling.
Remain on the premises until all the goods have been loaded. Make a final inspection for items that may have been overlooked.
AT YOUR DESTINATION:
Be at the house to accept delivery. If you cannot be there, authorize someone to act on your behalf.
Direct movers where to place containers and furniture.
Check the goods as they are unloaded, noting any damaged or missing items. Report any problems to the driver and the moving company office.
Upon completion of services, pay the moving charges. Some companies or moves require cash or certified check. Others will accept a local check or cash. Be sure to get a clear answer as to what is expected in advance.
Plan to eat out and get to bed early. There will be plenty to do tomorrow!
Excerpts taken from "The Complete Relocation Kit" by Reginald R. Honeychurch & Howard K. Battles.
MOVING WITH CHILDREN