Create a Portable “Moving Central”
Moving to a new home is often overwhelming because there are dozens of tasks, calls, and coordination to keep track of. There’s the scheduling for specialists like the handyman, voice mails from Realtor or landlord, to-do lists related to the move, and keeping track of all the details for everything in between. One excellent way to keep all your ducks in a row is creating a “moving central.”
So what is a “Moving Central”?
In short – it’s a business planner or moving notebook solely dedicated to your move. This is more important than boxes and tape. Find one at the local office supply store with big pages, one page for each day, and make sure it has business card holders, zipper pouches, and receipt envelopes.
How will you use it before the move?
You’ll track phone calls, make notes on houses you’ve toured, and gather phone numbers for the new close friends you’ll make — all those realtors and rental agents and mortgage people, your awesome Mighty Movers (that’s us), and handymen you’ll come to know intimately in the coming weeks. Tuck all business cards into their own little slots for easy reference. Make notes of the days you’ve spent tracking down things like the tile man – with dates and times. Cram snippets of flooring and wallpaper, paint swatches and drapery goods into a see-through zipper pouch for at-the-store decorating reference. Dedicate one receipt envelope for those fix-up-the-old-place receipts. Another receipt envelope holds receipts generated by house-hunting trips and travel to your new home. Stuff everything in there, and you’ll thank yourself at tax time!
How will you use it after the move?
After the move, you’ll use Move Central to schedule appointments to turn on your lights, water, cable and other essentials of life. If a neighborhood mom mentions a good plubmer, note the name and you’re ahead of the game! Tuck a local map into a flap or pocket, and you’ll always be able to get yourself where you’re going — even if you don’t always get there very directly.
Treat Move Central as just another body part — it should be with you always. Ladies – put it in a big purse. Guys – just figure out how to carry it. You’ll develop a permanent dip on one side of your body from the weight, but hey, it’s temporary. Having all your information in one place right at hand is key to a smooth and sane move.