How To Move Into Your New Home Without Going Crazy

Everyone knows that moving into a new home is a huge life step, but does anyone really tell you how to move into a new home? Well, here’s a simplified month-by-month guide from Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing:

3 months prior to move-in day is all about organizing the paperwork, transferring records, and conducting research of the moving company, new schools and professional offices, and more:

  • Gather a binder for important documents, including insurance paperwork, moving estimates, receipts, alarm codes, and the IRS change-of-address form

  • Create an inventory of everything in your home

  • Consider purchasing a storage unit for excess items

  • Get your child’s paperwork in order by transferring their school records and editing emergency contact information

  • Research the new school district before the registration period

  • Get your pet’s paperwork in order by asking for a copy of any important veterinary and adoption documents

  • Ask for a transfer of all medical and dental records to be sent to the new healthcare provider, or obtain copies

  • Go to the local post office or online to to fill out a change-of-address form

  • Transfer any memberships or subscriptions to the new address

  • Check with the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) about obtaining a new license and registration if you’re moving to a different state

  • Order supplies like Bubble Wrap, cardboard boxes, packing tape, and permanent markers

  • Take measurements of your new home’s doorframes and rooms to see which pieces of furniture will fit

  • Research local moving companies, or call friends and family to discuss their availability for your moving day

2 months prior to move-in day is all about making progress with your plans. It’s time to take action in packing up the old house and arranging for safe travel:  

  • Get an on-site estimate in writing, and validate the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number if you’re moving to a different state

  • Consider planting indoor foliage to avoid messy travel

  • Clean your old home from top to bottom to avoid packing toxic cleaning supplies

  • Drain fuel and discard propane tanks from lawn mowers and grills, respectively

  • Begin using up perishable and frozen foods

  • Organize and pack up your home room-by-room, starting with the things that you use most infrequently

  • Decide what you’d like to keep and give away, and note any valuable or breakable items that need an appraisal for additional insurance

  • Label the boxes as you go

  • Tag your new home with Post-It Notes for furniture placement

1 month prior to move-in day is all about finalizing important dates and documents with companies before you move:

  • Confirm your moving date, costs, and contact information with your chosen moving company

  • Confirm closing and move-in dates with your real estate agent

  • Make travel arrangements for your family and pets including any flight or hotel confirmations

  • Schedule a date to turn off and switch cable, Internet, and utility service to your new address

  • Drop off unwanted items at a garage sale, non-profit, or with friends and family

  • Pack an essentials box and personal suitcases with items you’ll need right away

  • Stock up on any prescription medication

  • Alert the following businesses of your move:

    • Banks

    • Brokerage firms

    • Your employer, especially the human resources department

    • Credit card company

    • Car, health, and travel insurance companies

    • Utility company

    • Police (if your old home will be uninhabited for awhile)

  • Cancel or redirect routine services like landscaping, newspaper delivery, babysitting, gym membership, and cleaning

  • Arrange for the day off of work on moving day

1 week prior to moving in should be focused on neatly tying up loose ends:

  • Close or transfer bank accounts
  • Switch your prescription pick-up destination
  • Back-up all of your desktop files to a memory stick or hard drive
  • Load electronics in the car to avoid overheating in transfer
  • Empty, defrost, and clean your refrigerator and freezer
  • Arrange for the mover’s payment including tip

So, there you have it. Brunswick Crossing has given you a step-by-step guide on how to move into a new home, from the very beginning of paperwork to the final week of packing.