Look on the internet, especially Pinterest, and you are likely to find hundreds of Moving Checklists, that is lists filled with activities to help you get your household packed, shut down and moved to a new location. These checklists tell you when to do what before you move. Most are 6-week lists and a few start sooner and give you more lead time.
I have moved over 15 times in 25 years and pretty much have my own way to prepare. I don’t believe that you need to take your time and do certain things each week. I do understand that some people, who haven’t moved often, will need a little more guidance, but most events on the checklist can be done at one time. If you know the date of your move, sit down at once and make all of your phone calls or fill out your internet forms to end or move services, let the teachers know, order doctor and prescription records and more. Do it all at once, then focus on other things.
Because of my experience as a mover and as a professional real estate agent, and because of my own opinion that not all lists are perfect for everyone, I have made my own to share with you. These lists give you things to do as soon as you plan the moving date. Where most lists end the day of the move, my Moving Checklists end a month after the move is complete. There are plenty of things you don’t need to do before you move, but need to be done in the first month at your new residence. Remember, these lists were made based on my personal experience. If you need to tweak them a bit, feel free.
My checklists come in two designs: one is made specially with sentimental value for the Oxford MS mover (moving in or moving out). The other has a garden design and can be used by anyone. The In-Town Moving Checklist is one sided while the Distance Moving Checklist is two pages, or two sides, long.
You can download them here:
In-Town Moves Garden Design:
In-Town Moves Oxford:
Distance Moving Checklist Garden Design:
Distance Moving Checklist Oxford:
Later this year (2017) my book, tentatively titled The Ultimate Guide to Moving, will be available both in bookstores and online. It’s an adventure in moving with lots of tips. The book, with the use of anecdotal experiences, is also a commentary on moving over the years and how it has changed. These in-town, long-distance moving checklists and more will be a part of the book. For now, I’m passing these along to anyone who needs to move in a short amount of time, like I usually had to do, and needs some organization to ease the overwhelming task ahead.
And if you are moving to Oxford, download my 100 Things To Do In Oxford MS and get busy enjoying this great little college and retirement town in Mississippi.
Eileen Saunders, SRES REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford MS 38655 662-404-0816 | 662-234-5344 Equal Housing