Whether you’ve hired movers in Salt Lake City or decided to do the hauling all on your own, it still pays to have a checklist on hand, to make sure that you haven’t missed anything. Moving from one home is Salt lake to another one, can be pretty stressful and hectic, and a checklist will definitely help one organize and give structure amidst the flurry of activity. Here are some suggestions that ought to go into one’s three checklists: Pre-Move Checklist, Moving Day Checklist, and Post-Move Checklist.
The Pre-Move Checklist
Most people think that creating a checklist before moving only involves an inventory of items to be moved, but a host of other factors come into play as well. Before moving day, one should create a checklist to ensure utmost organization and keep the process easy and smooth — or as easy and smooth as it can be. It is recommended for this checklist to cover two months prior to moving day, and to have the following contents:
- Change of address notice. Do you have magazine subscriptions, credit card statements, or utility bills sent to your home? Make sure to notify the respective parties that you’ll be moving. And it’s not just the people you do business with, either. This should also include friends and relatives, fellow churchgoers, your lawyer, accountant, etc.
- Transfer of records. If you have kids, make sure to have all their paperwork ready by moving day. Get in touch with the school to get their school transcripts, their pediatrician and dentist for their medical and dental records, respectively, and other important files such as insurance, eyeglass and contact lenses prescriptions, etc. For adults, include these: driver’s license, bank accounts, church, country club, and other memberships, and the like. If you have pets, don’t forget pet immunization records.
- Services to discontinue. For those who will be moving to another state, list down the utilities that need to be discontinued: water, electricity, cable/Internet, pest control, garbage pickup, landline/telephone, and other services.
- Contact a local moving company in Salt Lake City to get a moving quote. Make sure to stay in touch with movers and let them know if there are any changes or if you need additional moving services.
- Inspection and inventory of each room. The best way to organize your stuff is to sort them out per room. To make packing easier, color-code the labels or boxes of each room: Blue can stand for the kitchen, yellow for bedrooms, red for the den, and so on. For families, assign each person to cover a particular area and have him or her tick it off the “master checklist” once they’re done. You can also choose to have them report to you directly instead so you can be the one to do the crossing off the list.
Also, make a separate list of fragile items that need to be specially packed. You’ll be thankful for this list later on!
Don’t throw out this checklist just yet, as you’ll see how useful it will be after the move.
The Moving Day Checklist
List down all the rooms in the house — even the attic and pantry. Check off each room after a final inspection to ensure that you haven’t left anything behind. Note that the final inspection should include:
- Ensuring that all gas and electric appliances have been disconnected.
- Checking that all drawers, cabinets, cupboards, and other “built-in” containers in each room are empty.
The checklist should also contain the number of boxes, properly labeled, that ought to go into the moving truck, and the other set that you’ll be lugging yourself. Place a check after each box (numbered or labeled) has been deposited inside their respective vehicles or mode of transport. Aside from the boxes, the checklist should also contain items that cannot be “packed,” such as bicycles, heavy furniture and equipment, and other odd-shaped stuff.
The Post-Move Checklist
Once you’ve reached your destination (be it a new office or your new abode), take out the moving day checklist again and place a tick after each box has been deposited inside.
Now take out the pre-move checklist and compare with your current checklist to see if all the utilities have been installed and are working properly. The post-move checklist should cover the following to-dos as well:
- Enroll the kids in their new schools.
- Pay a visit to the kids’ new doctor and dentist.
- Pay a visit to your pet’s new vet.
- Get a copy of all local emergency numbers.
- Register your car/s with the DMV (applicable to those who’ve moved to a new state).
- Familiarize yourself with places of interest in your new neighborhood, such as the nearest hospital, church, supermarket, gas station, clinic, school, post office, police station, fire station, etc.
Thanks to these three checklists, moving will be less stressful than you think!