Last month, the world welcomed the new year with 10-second countdowns to 2015. Preparing to relocate residences requires similar treatment but with way more lead time.
Ten weeks before your departure, jot down a list of everything you need to do—from making reservations if you’re traveling by air to taking care of repairs on your current residence, be it a house you’re selling or an apartment you’re renting.
Ninety days prior to your move, start transferring records to new schools, physicians/dentists/vets and banks as well as alerting friends/ family/business associates and post office of your new address.
Five weeks before your move, take care of your car registration and insurance so it matches your new address. If your move entails a long drive, get your car serviced to make sure it can handle the journey.
Three days before you go, go back to the list you made early on in this process to make sure you’ve done everything that needs being done.
Two days prior to your move, pack an overnight bag including pajamas, a change of clothes, and toiletries that you’ll want to keep on your person during the move. This way, you won’t have to go through boxes trying to locate these items after a long day of relocating.
One hour before you leave, take a last look around your place to see if you’ve left anything behind—and to say farewell.
Happy New Home! Your countdown to moving is complete!