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To make your move easy, create a moving checklist. As you accomplish each task from this moving checklist, simply cross it off until all the items are complete. Start your moving checklist out about six weeks to ensure you get everything covered.
1. Start by writing apartment finder at the top of your moving checklist. Open your phonebook to apartment finders and find one in the city where you will be moving. Call the apartment finders and work with a professional that will take all your criteria and find the perfect apartment for you. Just like that, you can cross your first item of apartment finders off your moving checklist.
2. Decide which of your possessions you do not want to take with you such as books, old clothing, out-of-date games, etc. Decide if you have the time for a garage sale, or would donating to a charity be better.
3. Notify your post office of your move by filling out a change of address card as soon as you have your new address from the apartment finders . You will also want to write a generic letter, providing your new address, which will be sent to all your magazine and/or book subscriptions and creditors.
4. Contact your utilities and schedule a date for them to be turned off as well as advise them where to send the final bill. This would include scheduling your new utilities turned on at your new apartment.
5. Make a separate list of anything that needs to be fixed with your old apartment that would be your responsibility.
6. Have your pets shots updated, if applicable and to have your car tuned and prepared for a trip.
7. The next item to cross off your moving checklist would be to order boxes and other packing material such as tape and markers, if you will be doing your own packing
8. Start packing items that are seldom used. Make sure you pack each room separately so no rooms are mingled.
9. Get serious about your packing. Keep a couple of boxes marked storage and place a summary sheet on each so you have a good idea of the contents. Next, pack two boxes that you will take with you, one for valuables and screws, nuts, and bolts to furniture. The second box would be for necessities (toilet paper, medication, paper plates, etc. until all of your boxes arrive.
10. Obtain current copies of any medical and dental information for you, your children, and your pets and then cross off another item from your moving checklist.
11. If you are driving to another city, map out the route you will take and make hotel reservations for your stopover, if applicable.
12. If you will have extra food in the refrigerator or freezer that cannot be moved a long distance, ask neighbors if they would be interested in taking some.
13. Clean out all the appliances and give your old apartment a thorough cleaning, to include shampooing the carpets.
14. If you have children, contact their schools and arrange for their school records to be transferred to their new school. Finding a new school would be another one of your criterion that you provided to the apartment finders professionals.
15. Handle any bank business (closing out accounts and closing your safe deposit box).
16. Contact your insurance company to cancel or change policies.
17. Transfer prescriptions to a new pharmacy close to your new home. Again, the apartment finders can provide some of this information to you.
18. Cancel the home delivery newspaper one more item off your moving checklist.
19. Drain the gas from your lawn mower or weed eater, if applicable, for safe moving.
20. Write your cell phone or some other contact number for the movers and include directions to your new apartment along with the apartment finderss phone number.