Moving Checklist Part 1

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Moving Checklist Part 1

February 20, 2021

Finding the right agent, finding the right house, building your dream home … it all takes time. But then suddenly it seems like everything is happening at once and somehow you have to pack up everything you own and get it to one of the Firestone CO new homes in a matter of days. To help ease the stress, we have some moving checklists to share with you. This first one is things to take care of when you’re about 60 days out from moving.


Unless you’re moving a short distance and have a lot of friends who are likely to help you move heavy furniture up and down stairs — pivot! — then you may want to seriously consider checking out moving companies now. Depending on the distance you’ll be moving, it’s better to get this sorted out in advance so that your belongings aren’t in transit for weeks while you sit in an empty home.

With the proper planning, professional movers can give you a price for what it will cost to move everything, will assess what may need extra care in packing, and will be able to schedule the delivery to match up to your arrival within usually a day or two at most. Definitely talk to multiple movers to get multiple quotes and to see who seems the best and safest option for you.

You may also want to check with appraisers if you have particularly valuable items that you’ll be moving. They can recommend specific packing procedures and may suggest extra insurance for the move.

Prepping for the Move

Now is the time to start going through the things you own and seeing what you want to take with you and what can be tossed or donated. If the items you’re keeping aren’t going to be needed before the move, go ahead and pack them up! Save yourself time and frantic packing. Also try to keep similar items together and list a basic inventory on the boxes.

As you find items to donate, consider donating them to various charities, rather than just one, as some places will have more use for some items than others. Starting now gives you time to do a little research. You can also sell some of your items in a yard or garage sale or online for items that are worthwhile but not enough that you want to move with them.

Now is also the time to start collecting packing boxes and supplies. You can purchase some, but if you have time, it’s worthwhile looking on websites and checking with stores for free boxes to save a little money. You may also want to pack up one guest room and designate it as the room for all boxes as they get packed so that they’re not taking up space throughout your home, especially if you’re still in the process of selling. Plus, fewer boxes to trip over in the middle of the night!

Record Keeping

With a big move, you may also want to take photos of all of your valuable items and keep an inventory so you know nothing has gone missing or been damaged during the move.

You’ll also need to start getting copies of health records from doctors and dentists if you’re going to be moving to a different area. They may be able to provide recommendations for new doctors, which could be helpful. Also talk to your insurance agent to make sure all of your forms of insurance are transferred over. They can also recommend any insurance you may need during the actual move.

Similarly, if your children are changing schools, start the process of transferring school records and making sure they’re properly registered.

Don’t forget that moving costs are tax deductible, so keep all of your receipts, preferably in a folder that you can easily keep with you so you don’t forget to add anything.

Finally, if you’re going to be changing banks, start doing the research and determine which bank will be best for you, both in rates and in location.


If you’re going to be driving, make sure all cars are ready for the trip. If you have pets, you may also want to purchase crates if you don’t have them already. It’s safer for everyone. If you’ll be flying, then you’ll need to purchase tickets for the whole family and make sure pets are allowed and have the proper paperwork.

All of this will get you started in those two months before the big move. Part Two will look closer at actual packing, and other last-minute tasks. Moving is stressful, but the more you plan ahead, the more prepared you are and you’ll be slightly less stressed when you finally move into one of the Firestone CO new homes.

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