8 Weeks Before • April 21-25
1. Start researching new community
2. Contact new Chamber of Commerce for new resident packet
3. Find contact information for Board of Education office for county
4. Budget for moving expenses and start collecting estimates
7 Weeks Before • April 28- May 2
1. Start pulling together medical and dental records, prescriptions and shot records.
2. Get copies of any legal and financial records you need
3. Arrange for veterinarian records to be transferred.
6 Weeks Before • May 5-9
1. Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses who need to be notified of your move. (Magazines, catalogs, etc. too)
2. Start working your way through each room taking inventory and deciding what to get rid of.
3. Start to use things that can't be moved, such as frozen foods, bleach and aerosol cleaners.
4. Make sure to have contact numbers for the people in charge of our move to the new location and find out all we can about our new home.
5 Weeks Before • May 12-16
1. Start collecting boxes and packing supplies
2. Start packing items you don't use often.
3. Plan for any long or short term storage at new location if needed.
4 Weeks Before • May 19-23
1. File a change of Address
2. Schedule disconnection of all utility services and connection of new ones. Disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. Check on deposit refunds.
3. Change any subscriptions, catalogs, etc.
3 Weeks Before • May 26-30
1. Make sure all library books have been returned and all dry cleaning or items for repair have been picked up. Also retrieve items out on loan.
2. Decided to keep your plants or give them away.
3. Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons.
4. Have automobiles serviced
5. Prepare auto registration to be transferred
6. Make an inventory of parsonage furniture, decor and items by room.
7. Check the furniture status of our new place, decide what to keep and what to get rid of. (Couches?)
8. Rearrange parsonage furniture as it was when we moved in.
2 Weeks Before • June 2-6
1. Notify creditors of your move.
2. Plan meals for the last week of move.
3. Finalize "house folder" which contains information about the house for the new resident
4. Make sure parsonage checklist has been accomplished, if not get working on it
1 Week Before • June 9-13
1. Finish packings and prepare "essentials" box. Designate several boxes and items as "last load" items. Pack suitcases separately.
2. Drain all gas and oil from mower and other motors.
3. Empty, defrost and clean refridgerator at least 24 hours before moving day. Freezer too.
4. Fill any prescriptions or medications.
5. Notify friends and family of new address and phone number.
Day Before Moving Day
1. Dog bath
2. Kids baths
Moving Day, June 18th (my specific instructions for myself)
For LOADING the Moving Truck
1. Load books boxes first, make sure what we need immediately (for 4 weeks) is clearly labeled and put aside.
2. Load the entertainment armoire covered with packing materials to protect the wood
3. Load bookcases empty, then couches and the rest of the items.
4. Keep kitchen, bathroom, toolboxes and (kids & dog) toys, and 1 immediate need clothes boxes at the end of the truck for first removal. Pack dog bowls and food at the end as well. Keep a pack of name tags!!!
5. Keep cleaning products out in separate box, vacuum and mop before closing the truck.
For Leaving the Old House
1. Clean any surfaces that were dirtied by the physical move.
2. Check everywhere for leftovers.
3. Put House Folder on kitchen counter
4. Sweep/Vacuum and then one final mop from furthest point to the door.
5. Sweep out garage and laundry room
6. Hand over the keys
For Entering the New House
1. Walk-thru before unloading to list any repairs that need to be made, designate rooms
2. Figure out dinner for the night
3. Unload moving truck, use name tags for new people helping you.
4. Check list of utilities that should be on and make necessary phone calls if they aren't.
5. Unpack kitchen and at least one bathroom first.
6. Collapse in blissful exhaustion
We moving back to the Savannah, GA area! Woo-hoo!
Thursday, April 17, 2008