Relocating to Meridian, Idaho – Part 2: Tips for any relocation.
Yes, indeed, taking baby steps is just part of making the moving process less stressful and chaotic. Baby steps indeed…but being organized and prepared is also awesome advice that is not always easy BECAUSE, well in fact, you ARE moving! Where does one start? What should be done first? What am I forgetting? Yikes! Stress and chaos can be reduced drastically; however, not completely eliminated. If anyone disagrees, please comment and let’s talk.
For many folks summer is the best time to move because the kids are out of school, the weather is generally more cooperative, and it is the peak selling season. Also realize, that many moving companies are extra busy this time of year as well, so please call them as soon as possible to get the best rate, and to insure you get the date you want. This is an area that is often open to negotiation – FYI.
So by now you might be FEEL like your brain is experiencing some drug induced chaotic experience. Please take note you are not alone. This is common. I’ve been there! I understand and appreciate moving all too well. Let’s get down to business. Keep a planner, a yellow note pad, a To Do List that you keep by yourself at all times. Use the program, EVERNOTE, one of my favorite computer programsit also has an APP as well, to help you stay organized. Seriously, keep this list next to you at all times! “STUFF” will keep popping in and out of your head all day long.
Now, here is where I put my disclaimer, no two moves are the same. No two households are the same. Every To-Do list will look different but with that said, please contact me and I will help you! Let me help you generate a comprehensive To Do List that is tailored to your own family’s specific needs.
You need to start your list. Here is where I recommend you begin your journey:
- Obtain boxes. There are stores that sell boxes. You can even find them used but in good condition online on craigslist. Depending on your budget there are many places to get a big stack of boxes just waiting for your stuff to fill them up.
- Get multiple moving quotes from reputable moving companies. Ask questions that you write down before they arrive. (Rates: weekend vs. weekday for example) Do they carry enough insurance? What exactly is covered? Make sure you and the moving companies are on the same page.
- Round up all necessary documents for your family. Please don’t tuck them away in a box. A missing birth certificate can take weeks to regenerate. Here is a list of the most common documents
*Doctor Records - especially Immunization Records. Check to see they are complete and signed by the doctor.
*Social Security Card
*School Report Cards (teacher recommendations for classes, test grades, coach recommendation)
*Pet Records from your VET. Shots up to date?
If you go to your child’s next school’s website there should be a page listing all necessary documents. ALSO, the school website will typically have the summer reading list – don’t let your kid get left behind on the first day of school!
- Go online and fill out the USPS change of address form. There are forms in the post office as well.
- Clean out your closets – go to goodwill, have a garage sale, or pass on some hand me downs now, donate to the woman’s shelter. NO need to box up and move items you really don’t want or need.
- Make travel arrangements for your pets.
- Schedule all necessary cleaning service early – house cleaner, carpet cleaner, landscaper, large appliance hauler.
- Are your children going to help you on moving day? Should you make arrangements for a sitter for a play date on or before moving day?
- Schedule for utilities to be turned off/transferred. Cancel newspaper delivery. I recommend going through your checkbook or online bill pay to make sure you remember all your monthly utilities.
- I’m here – I’ve got your back when it comes to buying or renting a home – we will discuss your criteria (your wish list) and get that process going as soon as you’d like. Do you need a referral for your current home – no problem – just ask.
This is a broad list of items. Again, each family has their own special needs. Lately, I find many families are moving with aging parents or with one parent staying behind. Please let me know how I can best serve you and your family with your move.
With the stress of moving is also high expectations, excitement, and the sense of adventure. It can also be a positive learning experience.
Lastly, Meridian Idaho this is truly is an awesome community. My family and I love living in Meridian and I’d love to share this area with you!
Contact me for more information so we can discuss your needs and make your To Do List! I can’t wait to meet you…