Checklist for Moving to DenverPlan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
 

planning a moveFor the majority of people contemplating a move, the part that involves the actual moving is the most mind-boggling. Purchasing a new home is fun—beginning a new chapter in life, whether you're relocating to your dream home in Denver or downsizing, there's something about a move that helps you feel like you're starting over. Then, you see all your dirty old stuff and that hot air balloon you're riding over the clouds to your new abode comes back to earth and you find yourself in a stack of old magazines and kid's artwork that you need to contend. But, if you organize your move and adhere to a simple checklist, you can certainly pack your life and move it to Denver without excess stress and anxiety.

It's normal to have a moving window of about three months, so this timeline figures you've got that much time to work on your move. All that is needed to get going is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Choose your moving company—decide if you would like full-service moving or you want to do it yourself or somewhere in the middle, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes by your home and walks through to determine how many trucks and how many boxes you'll require, calculate time to load, transport, and unload, and give you a quote for other items, like packing, taking apart speciality items, and managing storage, if necessary. Once you decide on your moving company and service level, make sure to confirm you are in their books. Keep a copy of the quote in your folder. Check one big thing off of your list!

It's never too soon to start purging—which things to donate, trash, or take with you. How you approach the task is your decision, what works for some does not work for all people. Don’t pay attention to all the blog posts and internet videos and move forward with what works for you—one afternoon you may clean out closets and go ahead and box up what's moving, the next weekend you might decide to continue purging and leave things in place. There really is no perfect way to do it, so don't sweat it if you don't follow the "rules".

Two Months Out

This is usually when when the reality of moving hits you—the calendar is turning faster than it should be, and the truth is that besides choosing your moving company and pitching old Happy Meal toys and mismatched mittens, you haven't completed anything.

If you are going to be resigning from your place of employment and haven't talked over your move with your supervisor, now is a good time--it allows them the time to prime someone to pick up where you are leaving off so they're ready when you exit.

If you have choosen to handle your own packing, think about it again. Help is a phone call away; your moving company can assist with professional packers to do the job—they will schedule for closer to your move since they get there and get the packing knocked out in short order, and you will need your bed sheets and the coffee pot until the end.

Alert your service providers that you will be leaving—if your move is not a long distance, give your yard service the new address and you are done. Beyond that, here are some of the more important ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

These days, most physicans are part of larger networks and your records are readily available to new providers. Ask your physician for recommendations. They network well and have old friends from medical school they can get you in touch with. While dentists and orthodontists do not have those networks, they'll help guide you old-school, too.

Prescriptions

As pharmacies merge you may manage to keep your current pharmacy chain, but to be prepared keep paper copies of all your prescriptions in your file folder so that you will have them on hand in case of an oversight along the way. The last thing you need is to run out of thyroid medication the day you are loading the truck and have to work with a new pharmacy.

School

If you have children in school, enrolling them in a new school district is unavoidable—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 haven't closed in Denver yet), and immunization records at least. Ask exactly what you will need, and get ahead of the game and keep all the documents in a secure place—the file folder.

If you have kids in college and you're leaving the state, inquire about the process for keeping in-state tuition. Each state has different regulations, and the purpose for the move and the distance can make a difference—some states provide in-state tuition if you are moving under a certain number of miles.

Keep purging and boxing—set a goal for a room every week, or all the closets in a week.

planning a moveOne Month Out

By now you should have purged, systematized, and have all your non-essentials in neatly packed and labeled boxes in an out-of-the-way place. Right. This is when you get ruthless with sorting--especially if you have selected to have the moving company pack whatever is left. It is amazing how really pointless that old lamp becomes when you do not love it anyway and now it's going to cost you to move it. So, give it to charity and keep sorting.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, by chance, you've forgotten to bring up to anyone that you are moving, you need to now. Especially any volunteer activities you're a part of, and if you are chairing committees or on any boards, you hopefully have already alerted the groups so they can fill the gap you are creating. Don't forget to turn over all files or records you have (Girl Scout cookie moms) to whoever is replacing you. If you're part of a nationwide organization, (Rotary, Junior League) prepare your transfer documents--you can usually do these online.

Most mainline churches and synagogues give the chance to transfer memberships; once you're unpacked and have established a new religious home, they will take care of that for you when you're ready to join a new church home.

If you are a member of any club, you will want to change your membership--depending on the by-laws, you might be able to have a non-resident status after you move to Denver.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have children, you'll have the excitement of looking for new play groups, piano teachers, soccer teams, and dance studios. The good news is that club level teams are all over the place, if you've got athletes. And, searching online is a great way to seek other kid's activities. Remember that everybody has an opinion, but you will at least have a good number of contacts for trumpet and art lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

Call all your utilities and set up the stop-service request. Remember your internet and cable--you could be able to just switch some services if your provider is in your new area as well (gas, electric, TV, internet) but unless you're local you will most likely need new accounts. Set up your new accounts as you terminate the old ones, and don't forget the mail. You can submit your new home address and delivery stop dates online, and if you require a PO box you can set up that online as well.

If you are moving long distance, confirm hotel reservations or airline tickets. If you're moving with your furry friends, ensure the hotels allow animals.

One Week to Go!

Imagine you are going on vacation and pack a bag or two, so you can get everything else ready to move. Have a “Clean Out the Fridge” week, and use paper products if feasible so that you can box up the rest of the kitchen.

If you are moving any plants from your yard, wait until the last possible moment to dig the plants up, and place them in big tubs for the move.

Check with the movers what time they will arrive at your home to begin loading.

Moving Day

You're ready to get going. You've got all your possessions prepared to go on the moving truck, so grab your folder, unplug the coffee pot and hit the road.