A Step-by-Step Guide to Prepare For A Move

By: Sterling House and Clare Bridge of Valparaiso Last Updated: May 28, 2012

moving-boxesMoving can be emotional and stressful. But it also represents a new chapter in your life. To help the move go smoothly, here is a checklist of things to do to prepare for a move to a senior retirement community, such as Brookdale's Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Care, or Alzheimer's and Dementia Care homes.

2 Months Before Moving

  • Find out what furniture you can take with you to your new home
  • Create a floor plan of the new home for furniture placement.
  • If you will use a mover, get at least 3 estimates from moving companies.If you will move yourself, get costs from at least two truck rental companies.
  • Make an inventory of household goods and begin to remove clutter (start with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas).
  • Start a file for all moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.).

1 Month Before Moving

  • Fill out post office change-of-address cards.
  • Obtain all medical records
  • Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised. Clean all closets and drawers.
  • Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.
  • If are not using a moving company, reserve a rental truck.
  • Obtain packing materials and start packing items that won't be needed until after arrival at thenew residence.
  • Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting.
  • Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.

2 Weeks Before Moving

  • Hold a moving sale.
  • Arrange for disposal of anything not sold at the moving sale.
  • Schedule disconnection of all utility services. Be sure to disconnect the day after vacating the home.
  • Arrange refund of any "last month" deposits that need to be returned.
  • Notify any creditors of the new address.
  • Transfer prescriptions and be sure to have an adequate supply of medications on hand.

7 Days Before Moving

  • Pack a travel kit.
  • Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages.
  • Pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.
  • Transfer bank accounts
  • Let movers pack belongings (unless it's a do-it-yourself move).
  • Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the moving truck.
  • Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box "Load Last."

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Day before and day of move

  • Start early to avoid confusion, rushing and stress.
  • Confirm arrival time of the moving van/truck.
  • Read the bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing.
  • Keep this paperwork in a safe place.
  • Make sure drivers have your cell phone number and you have theirs.
  • Perform final checks before leaving the house.
  • Items to verify before shutting the door for the last time: Are the air conditioning, fans and heat turned off? is the water shut off? Are lights off?
  • When items arrive at the new home, check belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.

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