Checklist for Moving to Dallas—Plan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
 

planning a moveFor most people contemplating a move, the piece that involves the actual moving is the most mind-boggling. Buying a new house is exciting—starting a new chapter in life, whether you are buying your dream house in Dallas or getting something smaller, there is something about a move that helps you feel like you're starting fresh. Then, you see all your dusty old possessions and that rocketship you are riding over the clouds to your new place dies and you find yourself in a pile of old magazines and kid's artwork that you need to contend. However, if you schedule your move and follow a simple checklist, you can manage to pack your life and move it to Dallas without a lot of worry and headaches.

It's normal to have a moving window of roughly three months, so this timeline assumes you have that much time to facilitate your move. All that’s required to get going is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Pick your moving company—decide if you want full-service moving or you prefer to do it yourself or somewhere in between, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes by your home and goes through to estimate how many trucks and how many boxes you'll require, figure up time to load, drive time, and unload, and give you an estimate for other work, like packing, taking apart furniture, and managing storage, if needed. Once you figure out your moving company and services needed, make sure to confirm you are in their books. Keep a copy of the quote in your folder. One huge thing is now done!

It's never too soon to start purging—what to donate, trash, or take with you. How you go about the task is up to you, what works for some does not work for all. Don’t pay attention to all the blogs and YouTube videos and get started on what works for you—one day you may clean out closets and start to box up what's moving, the next afternoon you might decide to continue purging and leave things unpacked. There really is no perfect way to do it, so do not stress out if you do not follow the "rules".

Two Months Out

This is usually when you start feeling a little hurried—the calendar is seemingly going quicker than it should be, and the truth is that besides choosing your moving company and pitching takeout menus and mismatched socks, you have not completed anything.

If you are going to be leaving your job and have not talked over your move with your manager, now is a great time--it provides them the time to train someone as your replacement so they're ready when you go.

If you have decided to handle your own packing, reevaluate. Assistance is at your fingertips; your moving company can assist with professional packers to handle the job—they'll schedule dates closer to your move because they arrive and get the packing accomplished quickly, and you will need clothes and the coffee pot until the final day.

Alert your service providers that you'll be moving—if your move is local, give your yard service the new address and you're done. Otherwise, here are some of the crucial ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

Nowadays, most physicans are part of bigger networks and your records are available to new providers. Ask your general practitioner for referrals. They network well and might have old buddies from medical school they can recommend. While dentists and orthodontists do not have those networks, they will be able to refer you old-school, also.

Prescriptions

As pharmacies merge you could manage to maintain your current provider, but to be prepared place hard copies of all your prescriptions in your file folder so that you'll have them handy in the event of an oversight along the way. The last thing you want is to run out of thyroid medication the day you move and have to deal with a new pharmacy.

School

If you have kids in school, enrolling them in a new school district is a necessary evil—you need every document you can think of to register them—birth certificate, social security info, proof of address (a copy of your contract if you have not closed in Dallas yet), and immunization records at the very least. Ask precisely what you'll need, and go ahead and put all the documents in a secure place—the file folder.

If you have older children in college and you're moving to a different state, find out the rules for keeping in-state tuition. Each state has different guidelines, and the reasons for the move and the distance can be a deciding factor—some states allow in-state tuition if you're moving under a certain number of miles.

Keep sifting through everything and boxing—make a goal for a room every week, or all the closets in a week.

planning a moveOne Month Out

By now you should have gotten rid of, arranged, and have all your non-essentials in nicely packed and labeled boxes in an out-of-the-way place. Right. Now is when you get ruthless with purging--especially if you've choosen to have the moving company pack whatever is left. It is fascinating how really inconsequential that old lamp becomes when you do not love it anyway and now it's going to cost you to move it. So, throw it out and keep going.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, by chance, you've forgotten to tell anyone that you are moving, don’t delay any longer. Especially any volunteer groups you're a part of, and if you are overseeing committees or on any boards, you should have already notified the groups so they can fill the gap you're creating. Do not forget to turn over all files or records you have (Girl Scout cookie moms) to your successor. If you are part of a nationwide organization, (Rotary, Junior League) prepare your transfer documents--you can usually fill them out online.

Quite a few mainline churches and synagogues offer the opportunity to transfer memberships; after you are unpacked and have found a new religious home, they will handle that for you when you are ready to have a new church home.

If you're a member of any club, you'll want to update your membership--depending on the organization’s rules, you might be able to have a non-resident status after you move to Dallas.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have kiddos, you shall have the fun of searching out new play groups, music teachers, sports teams, and gymnastics studios. The great news is that club level teams are everywhere, if you've got athletes. And, social media mom's groups are a great way to source out other kid's groups. Remember that everyone has an opinion, but you'll at the very least have a good basket of contacts for karate and cooking lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

Contact all your utilities and set up the stop-service request. Do not forget your internet and cable--you may be able to transfer some services if your provider is in your new locale as well (gas, power, TV, internet) but unless you are local you will most likely need new accounts. Set up your new accounts as you end the old ones, and don't forget the mail. You can set up your new home address and delivery stop dates online, and if you require a Post Office box you can set up that online as well.

If you are moving across the country, confirm travel reservations and airline tickets. If you are moving with your furry friends, ensure the hotels allow animals.

One Week to Go!

Pretend you are leaving on vacation and pack a bag or two, so you can get everything else prepared to move. Conduct a “Clean Out the Fridge” week, and use paper products whenever feasible so that you can box up the rest of the kitchen.

If you are moving any plants from your yard, hold off until the last minute to dig the plants up, and place them in large tubs for the move.

Check with the movers what time they'll be at your home to begin loading.

Moving Day

You're ready to go. You have got your stuff prepared to be loaded on the moving truck, so get your folder, unplug the coffee pot and have a great move.