Relocation Resources


 

1 MONTH BEFORE -- CHECK OUT YOUR COMPANY RELO PACKAGE

  • determine what expenses will be paid by your company
  • determine what expenses you will have to cover yourself
  • start a log of moving expense receipts (some may be deductible)

1 MONTH BEFORE -- GET A WRITTEN MOVING ESTIMATE

  • get estimates from two or more movers
  • including written commitment of pickup and delivery dates
  • get and check references
  • check the limits of the insurance offered
  • see if the insurance offered covers replacement cost
  • purchase additional insurance, if necessary

1 MONTH BEFORE -- GIVE CANCELLATION NOTICES

  • give day care center proper notice of withdrawal
  • give notice to clubs, organizations, volunteer activities
  • cancel newspaper subscriptions and regular deliveries

1 MONTH BEFORE -- HIRE A STORAGE FACILITY

  • check the limits of the insurance offered
  • see if the insurance offered covers replacement cost
  • purchase additional insurance, if necessary

1 MONTH BEFORE -- INSTRUCT YOUR BANK

  • arrange transfer of your accounts
  • order checks with new address
  • clean out your safety deposit box

1 MONTH BEFORE -- MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

  • hotels / temporary housing
  • rental cars / plane tickets
  • transport service for pets and automobiles, if needed

1 MONTH BEFORE -- STORE IMPORTANT RECORDS IN FIRE-SAFE BOX

  • school records / pet documents
  • home purchase / sale papers
  • wills / marriage / divorce papers
  • financial records / stock certificates
  • birth certificates / social security cards / passports

1 MONTH BEFORE -- SUBMIT A CHANGE OF ADDRESS

  • turn in forms at the post office
  • mail post cards to friends and creditors

1 MONTH BEFORE -- TRANSFER IMPORTANT RECORDS

  • contact schools and arrange for transfer of student records
  • contact doctors for medical records and referrals to new physicians
  • change your insurance policies on property, auto, and medical

2 WEEKS BEFORE -- CLEAN OUT

  • take a ruthless walk-through to determine what you want to take
  • tag the rest of it and hold a garage sale
  • or call a charity for pick-up

2 WEEKS BEFORE -- GET YOUR STUFF IN ORDER

  • clean out club, gym, and school lockers
  • pick up all dry cleaning
  • retrieve and return all borrowed items from friends and neighbors
  • return library books

2 WEEKS BEFORE -- PREPARE TO LEAVE YOUR HOME

  • arrange for the disconnection or changeover of utilities
  • begin packing less-used items
  • clean out the cupboards
  • plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don't need
  • don't buy any more perishables than you have to

7 DAYS BEFORE -- CONFIRM MOVING ARRANGEMENTS

  • dates / agreements with moving and storage companies
  • agreements with auto and pet transportation companies
  • hotel and temporary housing accommodations
  • rental car and other transportation arrangements
  • don't buy any more perishables than you have to

7 DAYS BEFORE -- LET PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO REACH YOU

  • inform friends and relatives of your forwarding address
  • if you'll be without phone service, get a temporary voice mail box
  • some long-distance providers offer 1-800 voice mail numbers

7 DAYS BEFORE -- MAKE SURVIVAL BOX FOR MOVE

  • paper / pens
  • address book / stamps / envelopes
  • cellophane and heavy-duty tape / scissors
  • tape measure
  • paper cups, plates, and towels / plastic utensils / ziploc bags
  • facial and toilet tissue / soap / moist towelettes
  • instant coffee or tea / bottled drinks / snacks / can opener
  • aspirin / band-aids
  • travel alarm
  • flashlight / small tool kit
  • trash bags
  • children's games
  • spare car keys
  • phone books for the city you are leaving and your destination

7 DAYS BEFORE -- PREPARE BELONGINGS FOR PACKING

  • make an inventory list of all items going with you personally
  • keep valuable / irreplaceable items (jewelry, heirlooms) with you
  • clean out and defrost the deep freezer
  • disassemble furniture or other items
  • check yard and shed for all items that need packed
  • set aside box of cleaning supplies and the vacuum cleaner

7 DAYS BEFORE -- THINK ABOUT DECORATING YOUR NEW HOME

  • take pictures of furniture / get fabric samples and paint chips
  • create a "decorating reference file"
  • have measurements taken of the rooms in your new residence
  • use floor plans to determine where everything will go

JUST BEFORE MOVING -- CEASE USING THE REFRIGERATOR

  • remove all perishable food
  • store anything you still need in a cooler
  • clean and defrost the refrigerator and freezer

JUST BEFORE MOVING -- FINISH PACKING

  • complete packing of all household goods for the move
  • make sure all boxes are clearly marked

JUST BEFORE MOVING -- RESOLVE FINANCIAL MATTERS

  • conclude any arrangements relating to sale or lease of your home
  • purchase traveler's checks for trip expenses
  • reconcile and close or transfer bank accounts

MOVING DAY -- CONFIRM MOVING ARRANGEMENTS

  • confirm delivery address, directions, and delivery date with movers
  • make sure boxes are clearly marked
  • make sure your instructions are understood

MOVING DAY -- PREPARE YOUR HOME TO BE VACANT

  • make sure a relative, neighbor, or real estate agent has the keys
  • make sure that person knows how to contact you
  • notify insurance agent and police that the home will be empty

MOVING DAY -- VACATE YOUR HOME

  • clean the home and check entire grounds before leaving
  • check thermostat and make sure temperature is set appropriately
  • make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked
  • make sure all appliances are turned off
  • leave forwarding address, keys, and garage door opener

WHEN YOU ARRIVE -- GET UNPACKED

  • supervise moving crew on location of furniture and boxes
  • begin unpacking necessary basics first (utensils, toiletries, etc.)
  • give the kids a job to do -- let them start on their rooms
  • set kitchen and bedrooms up first, to make you feel at home

WHEN YOU ARRIVE -- PAY AND SETTLE WITH THE MOVERS

  • go over "Bill of Lading" with the moving company before signing
  • check for damaged and missing items and make a note of them
  • the Bill of Lading is usually binding once signed

WHEN YOU ARRIVE -- RELAX AND SETTLE IN

  • check to make sure all utilities are on and working properly
  • let family members or friends know that you have arrived safely
  • check in with employer and real estate agent to confirm itineraries
  • now relax, order dinner out, and take a hot bath...you deserve it!

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"You As you consider realtors you may want to work with, I am writing you this brief note today, to offer my strong endorsement of Sandy Berkenbush and her Stoneridge Properties team. During the past year Sandy has done an excellent job for us in completing the sales of 4 building lots and one home, with two more lots to be closed in the coming months. Once we had resolved some tax lien delays, Sandy was able to move our properties very quickly at or very close to our listing prices. We have been appreciative of Sandy's skill in helping us to navigate various town committees. We always felt well informed on the status of her efforts with prospective buyers. She collaborated very well with our attorney. I also believe her to be an honest straight shooter and that is a statement I do not make lightly this."

Best wishes to you,
Bill Barry

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