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04.18.2005

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a moving checklist
by Leanne Schildroth
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Four weeks before the move

If packing yourself, start collecting packing supplies (newspaper, bubble wrap, packing tape, scissors, marker) and boxes. Big boxes and small boxes. Tall boxes and short boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. Trust me, you will need far more than you think that you will.

Start packing! Pack seldom used items (i.e. photo albums, knick-knacks, out-of season clothing). Start setting aside items that will be traveling with you (i.e. important documents, valuables, prescriptions) or that should be unloaded first (i.e. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, alarm clock) once you arrive at your new digs. Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box -- just because your new job offers extended health benefits doesn't mean you want to wind up at the chiropractor.

If you are moving into or out of an apartment, book the elevator for move day

Schedule disconnection of utility services (i.e. electric, water, gas, phone, cable, Internet) at your old home for the day after you leave, and schedule connection for the day before you arrive.

Three weeks before the move

Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.

Make sure library books have been returned and dry cleaning items have been picked up. Does your neighbor still have your Velvet Revolver CD? Now's the time to ask for it back.

Advertise and host your garage sale. Again, bribing some friends with the offer of free pizza usually works if you need a few sets of hands to help out.

Two weeks before the move

Back up important computer files, and add the disk to the box of stuff that you will be carrying with you.

If moving a significant distance, confirm your flights and travel arrangements. Like you learned back in the Boy / Girl Scouts, it's best to always be prepared.

If driving your car, have your automobile serviced.

One week before the move

Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons (i.e. BBQ propane tanks, lawn mower gas, paint). Items considered flammable will not be loaded by the moving crew.

Give a friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.

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