Checklist for Moving to KilleenPlan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
 

planning a moveFor many people contemplating a move, the portion that involves the actual moving is the most mind-boggling. Purchasing a new home is exciting—commencing upon a new chapter in life, whether you are moving into your dream residence in Killeen or downsizing, there's something about a move that helps you feel like you are starting fresh. Then, you see all your dirty old possessions and that spacecraft you're riding over the moon to your new place dies and you land in a pile of old books and kid's artwork that you need to deal with. However, if you schedule your move and follow a simple checklist, you can most likely pack your life and move it to Killeen without excess worry and misery.

It is average to have a moving time frame of approximately three months, so this timeline assumes you've got that much time to make it happen. All that’s required to get going is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Select your moving company—figure out if you would like full-service moving or you prefer to do it yourself or something in between, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes to your residence and goes through to estimate how many moving trucks and how many boxes you'll need, assess time to load, transport, and unload, and give you an estimate for other items, like packing, taking apart speciality items, and warehousing, if needed. Once you decide on your moving company and service level, be sure to confirm you're on their schedule. Put a copy of the quote in your folder. One big thing down!

It is never too soon to begin purging—which items to give to a charity, pitch, or move with you. How you go about the process is up to you, what is best for some doesn't work for all people. Pay no attention to all the blogs and YouTube videos and get started on what works for you—one weekend you could sort through and go ahead and box up what's moving, the next weekend you could choose to continue purging and leave things where they are. There really is no correct way to accomplish it, so do not worry if you don't follow the "rules".

Two Months Out

This is normally when you start feeling a little hurried—the calendar is turning quicker than it should be, and the reality is that except for selecting your moving company and throwing out takeout menus and mismatched mittens, you haven't completed a thing.

If you are going to be leaving your job and have not discussed your move with your manager, now is a good time--it allows them the time to prepare someone to pick up where you are leaving off so they're ready when you leave.

If you've choosen to do your own packing, think about it again. Assistance is at your fingertips; your moving company can assist with professional packers to do the job—they'll schedule for closer to your move because they arrive and get it done quickly, and you will need your bed sheets and the coffee pot until the last moment.

Alert your service providers that you'll be moving—if your move is within the same town, give your yard service the new address and you're finished. Beyond that, here are several of the vital ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

These days, most medical practices are part of bigger networks and your records are available to new providers. Ask your physician for recommendations. They network well and could have old buddies from medical school they can get you in touch with. While dentists and orthodontists don't have those networks, they'll be able to refer you old-school, also.

Prescriptions

As pharmacies merge you could manage to keep your current provider, but to be prepared keep paper copies of all your prescriptions in your file folder so that you'll have them handy in the event of an oversight along the process. The last thing you want is to run out of thyroid medication the day you are moving and have to deal with a new pharmacy.

School

If you have school-age children, enrolling them in a new school district is a must—you need every document in existence to register them—birth certificate, social security info, proof of address (a copy of your contract if you haven't closed in Killeen yet), and immunization records at the very least. Ask specifically what you'll need, and get ahead of the game and keep all the important paperwork in a secure place—the file folder.

If you have older children in college and you are leaving the state, find out the parameters for keeping in-state tuition. Each state has different guidelines, and the reasons for the move and the distance can be a deciding factor—some states provide in-state tuition if you're moving to a contiguous state.

Keep sifting through everything and boxing—make a goal for a room each week, or all the closets in a week.

planning a moveOne Month Out

By now you should have sorted, systematized, and placed all your non-essentials in neatly packed and labeled boxes in the garage. Right. Now is when you get ruthless with purging--especially if you've selected to have the moving company pack everything that is left. It is fascinating how really inconsequential that old lamp becomes when you don't love it anyway and now it is going to cost you to move it. So, give it to charity and keep moving.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, by accident, you have forgotten to tell anyone that you are moving, you need to now. Especially any volunteer groups you are a part of, and if you are overseeing committees or on any boards, you hopefully have already alerted the groups so they can fill the hole you are leaving. Remember to turn over any files or records you’ve collected (Girl Scout cookie moms) to your successor. If you are part of a nationwide organization, (Rotary, Junior League) prepare your transfer documents--you can usually turn them in online.

Quite a few mainline churches and synagogues give the opportunity to transfer memberships; once you're unpacked and have established a new religious home, they will handle that for you when you're ready to be a part of a new congregation.

If you belong to any social organization, you'll want to change your membership--depending on the organization, you could be able to maintain a non-resident status when you move to Killeen.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have kids, you'll have the excitement of searching out new play groups, vocal teachers, sports teams, and gymnastics studios. The great news is that club level teams are everywhere, if you've got athletes. And, searching social media is a decent way to source out other kid's groups. Remember that everyone has an opinion, but you'll at least be able to get a good amount of contacts for trumpet and art lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

Contact all your utilities and set up the end-service request. Do not forget your internet and cable--you could be able to just switch some services if your provider is in your new hometown as well (gas, electric, TV, internet) but unless you're local you'll require new accounts. Set up your new accounts as you end the old ones, and remember the mail. You can enter your new mailing address and delivery stop dates online, and if you require a PO box you can set up that online as well.

If you are moving interstate, confirm travel reservations and airline tickets. If you're moving with your furry friends, ensure the hotels allow animals.

One Week to Go!

Pretend you're departing on vacation and pack a bag or two, so you can get everything else packed to move. Hold a “Clean Out the Fridge” week, and use paper products whenever feasible so that you can pack up the rest of the kitchen.

If you're moving any plants from your yard, wait until the last possible moment to dig the plants up, and place them in big pots for the move.

Check with the movers when they'll be at your house to begin loading.

Moving Day

You are ready to get going. You've got all your possessions ready to go on the moving van, so hang onto your folder, unplug the coffee pot and get moving.