If you have been following my posts for the past month, it is evident that the common theme has to deal with selling your home and moving. The first article addressed making the decision to move and the second covered staging a home. Continuing, now we are going to deal with the actual move. You already know I am a professional organizer, now you’ll realize how invaluable organization is in making the move. The list I have provided will verify how important organization is leading up to the big day.

-Do your research and hire a reputable moving service at least 4-6 weeks before the date.
-If family and friends are helping you move, contact your local U-Haul and reserve an appropriate size truck on the desired date. http://www.uhaul.com
-Contact utility services prior to your move concerning the ‘turn off’ at your old address, and ‘turning on’ at your new home, this includes cable, internet, and phone providers.
-Fill out a ‘change of address’ form at your post office prior to your move, and remember to contact all creditors and financial institutions as well.
-You will need to visit your local DMV about updating your drivers license, or visit their site for information.http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/change_address/index.shtml
-If you are taking your existing refrigerator with you, you will need to defrost it 1-2 days prior to the move.
-Keep in mind that any ‘gas operated’ lawn equipment will need to be drained before the transport.
-Properly dispose of any household hazardous waste and electronics. Doing a Google search will provide you with the next scheduled collection date in your area. http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/recycle/hhw.html
-If you are planning to pack up your belongings, reach out to family and friends to help. Schedule ‘packing sessions’ to work together and pack up one room at a time.
-Plan to use disposable cups, plates, and utensils at least one week prior to the move.
-Pack all your valuables yourself, and plan on transporting them with you to your new home.

I hope this list helps to alleviate any stress and remember that being organized before the big day will help with the transition. Next time, we will talk about organizational tips on settling into your new home.