Moving to a new city? Across town? Around the corner? Moving is an exciting time but can also be stressful and chaotic. Creating a to-do list can help manage the seemingly never-ending list of things to do.
Ideas for a moving to do list
- Create a home inventory. A home inventory is a list of your possessions that will help if anything is lost, stolen or broken during the move. Be sure to take photos of high-value or hard-to-replace items as you box them up.
- Label and count boxes. Labeling your boxes as you pack your possessions will not only help as you unpack but also might help make sure you don’t leave anything behind.
- Get estimates for moving. There are pros and cons to hiring a moving company versus doing it yourself. Whichever option you choose, ask your insurance agent whether your possessions are covered while in transit. If you hire a moving company, get estimates in writing and ask for references as well as proof of insurance. The estimates should detail extras, including mileage and special costs. In addition, you may need supplemental insurance as a safeguard against damage.
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- Re-examine your budget. As you plan your move, reevaluate your budget for any cost-of-living adjustments, including transportation, food and housing. Research average costs in your new location so you can have a realistic picture of your new budget and any lifestyle changes you may need to make.
- Contact the utilities companies. After learning what utilities your landlord will be responsible for , contact the other utility companies and arrange for your services to be activated.
- Review your homeowners or renters insurance. States have differing home or rental insurance coverage requirements, so whether you move to a new city or across the country, contact an insurance agent to review your homeowner or renters coverage. In addition, keep in mind that your insurance needs might change when you move. This is a good time to consider checking your insurance needs.
- Update your vehicle insurance and registration. Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) — whether or not you move to a new state — to update your address information, license and registration, if applicable. Also, contact your insurance agent and let them know your new address. Be aware that if you are moving to a new state, you might have different auto insurance requirements and liability limits.
- Update your driver’s license and voter registration. States have different requirements to get a driver’s license. If you relocate to a new state, check with the state DMV to find out what you need to do. Even if you stay in the same state, contact the DMV in a timely manner — within 10 to 30 days of moving in some states — to update your address. Even an in-state move necessitates a change in voter registration. Check with your state’s DMV or secretary of state to find out the necessary requirements.
- Find a bank. If your financial institution is a national chain, find out whether branches are conveniently located near your new home. If not, research new banks where you can open a new checking and savings account and learn what documents you need to open up accounts.
- Learn more about the new city and neighborhood in advance. Take some time to find out where parks, grocery stores, public libraries and other places of your interest are located. The more you learn about your new city in advance, the more comfortable you might feel when you actually move. You can also contact the local police to learn about safety and other tips from the local authorities about your new surroundings.
- Look for opportunities to volunteer in the new city. One challenge of moving to a new city is meeting new people. A good way to connect with people while doing something good for your community is by volunteering. You can find opportunities to help others at the Neighborhood of Good®. This will also give you the chance to know some of the dynamics of the city you will call home.