I think we are all in the business of trying to save time. There just never seems to be enough of it. Time is certainly an important factor in moving. So let’s look at a few time saving tips that may increase the smoothness of your relocation journey.
Planning seems to come up in many of our blogs because it is the biggest time-saving idea we have. By making and following a schedule, you not only keep track of the process, but you can gracefully move through it with less stress.
Create a Moving Bible
A dedicated notebook for planning (sometimes referred to as journaling) is a good idea for this. Journaling your move gives you a clear picture of where you are going and where you have been. In there, you can create a “to do” list for each task category and place it in the front of the journal. A loose-leaf binder is good idea for inserting leaflet pockets or else sheet protectors which is handy for keeping all receipts and important business papers together. Inserting ledger paper is good for keeping track of your financial transaction. This is like your “moving bible.”
Where to Start
To begin with, you should contact a moving company and secure a date for your move. With this in place, you now have a timeframe to work within. Additionally, once you have secured a moving company, you will receive an estimate, giving you a better view of the cost of your move. Knowing both time and cost of a move is the foundation of your plan. The remainder lies in implementing the plan.
Categories to Include
Implementing your plan includes listing in categories the various tasks required to make a successful move. Types of categories to include are contact information, calendar pages, ledger pages and a “to do” list. This category would include family and friends and any professionals such as doctors and dentists, etc.
Another category is a list of places that you need to contact in order to change your address and transfer your utilities. As an aside, don’t forget to change your information with the DMV, insurance companies and bank accounts.
Incidentals to Include
You can certainly use your imagination when creating your moving bible. Your journal would, of course, be honed to your own personal move. Some incidents would be a shopping lists section. You could also add a cleaning and repair supplies list for your old location. Furthermore, you could itemize things you will need at your new location, whether for maintenance or decorating.
If you have a pet (or pets), you can include a list of items your pet will need for a safe and pleasant transition. Add to a “to do” list the need to check your mobile carrier for safety and to see if your leash is in good shape (if you are using one). List how to transport food items, and belongings for the pet such as toys or pet clothing. Don’t forget to keep a list of your pet’s medications and purchase plenty of treats. Here you can insert one of those sheet protectors to keep any paperwork needed for your pet, including a card for contacting your vet in case of an emergency.
For more information on planning, please refer to my blog Expensive Moving Mistakes.
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