Checklist for Moving to Little RockPlan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
 

planning a moveFor the majority of people contemplating a move, the portion that involves the actual moving is the most mind-boggling. Purchasing a new house is fun—beginning a new chapter in life, whether you are relocating to your dream residence in Little Rock or downsizing, there's something about a move that helps you feel like you are starting fresh. Then, you look at all your dusty old possessions and that spacecraft you're riding over the stars to your new abode comes back to earth and you find yourself in a stack of old books and kid's artwork that you must deal with. But, if you plan your move and adhere to an elementary checklist, you can most likely pack your life and move it to Little Rock without excess uneasiness and anxiety.

It is customary to have a moving window of approximately three months, so this timeline figures you have that much time to make it happen. All you need to begin is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Select your moving company—figure out if you want full-service moving or you want to do it yourself or somewhere in between, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes by your home and walks through to approximate how many trucks and how many boxes you'll need, assess time to load, drive time, and unload, and provide you a quote for other items, like packing, taking apart furniture, and warehousing, if needed. Once you decide on your moving company and services needed, make sure to verify you are in their books. Put a copy of the estimate in your folder. One huge thing is now done!

It's never too soon to begin purging—what to give to a charity, trash, or take with you. How you approach the project is up to you, what works for some people does not work for all. Pay no attention to all the blog posts and internet videos and move forward with what works for you—one day you could clear out and start to pack up what's moving, another afternoon you may decide to continue purging and leave things unpacked. There really is no right way to accomplish it, so do not stress out if you do not follow the "rules".

Two Months Out

This is usually when it gets real—the docket is seemingly going quicker than it should be, and the truth is that aside from selecting your moving company and pitching takeout menus and mismatched socks, you have not accomplished anything.

If you are going to be leaving your place of employment and haven't discussed your move with your supervisor, now is a great time--it provides them the time to prepare someone for your position so they're prepared when you leave.

If you've choosen to handle your own packing, reconsider. Help is a phone call away; your moving company can send in the Calvary with professional packers to handle the job—they'll schedule for closer to your move since they arrive and get the packing knocked out quick as a wink, and you will need shoes and the coffee pot until the final day.

Tell all service providers that you will be leaving—if your move is within the same town, give your yard service the new address and you are finished. Beyond that, here are a few of the vital ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

Any more, most medical practices are part of larger networks and your records are readily available to new providers. Ask your doctor for recommendations. They network well and could have old friends from medical school they can recommend. While dentists and orthodontists do not have those networks, they will be able to direct you old-school, too.

Prescriptions

As pharmacies merge you could be able 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 on hand in case of a glitch along the process. The last thing you want is to run out of thyroid medication the day you are loading the truck and have to finagle with a new pharmacy.

School

If you have school-age children, enrolling them in a new school district is a must—you need every document in existence to register them—birth certificate, social security info, proof of address (a copy of your contract if you haven't closed in Little Rock yet), and immunization records at the very least. Ask exactly what you'll need, and be proactive and place all the documents in a safe place—the file folder.

If you have older children in college and you are moving out of the state, inquire about the rules for maintaining in-state tuition. Each state has different regulations, and the reasons for the move and the distance can be a deciding factor—some states offer in-state tuition if you're moving under a certain number of miles.

Keep sorting and boxing—make a goal for a room a week, or all the closets in a week.

planning a moveOne Month Out

By now you should have sorted, systematized, and put all your non-essentials in nicely packed and labeled boxes in the garage. Right. This is when you get cutthroat with sorting--especially if you've selected to have the moving company pack all of the stuff that is left. It is amazing how really pointless that old lamp becomes when you don't love it anyway and now it's going to cost you to move it. So, give it to charity and keep moving.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, by accident, you've neglected to tell anyone that you're moving, you need to now. Especially any volunteer activities you are active in, and if you are leading committees or on any boards, you should have already told the groups so they can fill the hole you are creating. Remember to pass off any files or records you’ve collected (Girl Scout cookie moms) to the person stepping into your old role. If you're part of a nationwide organization, (Rotary, Junior League) prepare your transfer documents--you can many times turn them in online.

Quite a few mainline churches and synagogues give the opportunity to transfer memberships; once you're settled and have found a new religious home, they will handle that for you when you are ready to have a new congregation.

If you belong to any organization, you'll want to change your membership--depending on the organization’s rules, you may be able to keep a non-resident status after you move to Little Rock.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have children, you'll experience the excitement of searching out new play groups, music teachers, basketball teams, and gymnastics studios. The great news is that club level teams are everywhere, if your kids are into sports. And, searching online is a good way to seek other kid's activities. Keep in mind that everyone has an opinion, but you'll at the very least get a good amount of contacts for karate and cooking lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

Call all your utilities and set up the end-service request. Remember your internet and cable--you may be able to just switch some services if your provider is in your new hometown as well (gas, electric, TV, internet) but unless you are local you'll require new accounts. Set up your new accounts as you cancel the old ones, and do not forget the mail. You can submit your new home address and delivery stop dates online, and if you need a Post Office box you can accomplish that online as well.

If you are moving interstate, confirm hotel reservations and airline tickets. If you are moving with your furry friends, be sure the hotels allow animals.

One Week to Go!

Make believe you are going on vacation and pack a suitcase or two, so you can get everything else ready to move. Conduct a “Clean Out the Fridge” week, and use paper products if possible so that you can pack up the rest of the kitchen.

If you are moving any items from your yard, hold off until the last day to dig the plants up, and put them in big tubs for the move.

Verify with the movers what time they'll be at your home to commence loading.

Moving Day

You're ready to get going. You've got everything ready to be loaded on the moving truck, so hang onto your folder, unplug the coffee pot and get moving.