You are thinking about the big move, the relocation to Maine. What to do and when along the way? Here to help with suggestions. Because your time is valuable and the process should be enjoyable. Or can be with a little help.
Before you leave your present out of state address pointed North to Maine....
Leading in, at the two month mark.
- Early on, start ditching those unnecessary items from your house. Hit the attic, basement, storage shed, etc. Use things you don't need to move, such as frozen foods and cleaning supplies. Sell off those big items with age on them anyway to lighten the load. To save your back's L3 and L4.
- Obtain information about your new community in Maine.
- Once you select the place you want, that is a matchmaker's best fit, know what to heave ho. The gotta go. Or what gets trotted up the aluminum ramp to pack and stack. For the journey north to your new Maine home.
- List your possessions, filling the new property room by room.
- Get bids from lots of moving companies. It's your money. You have time month's before the move. In the eleventh hour, not so much. And rule out the suggestion to use your brother in law. Remember past adventures that turned nightmare. (Cue Psycho music suspense loop)
- Get several quotes from new insurance carriers for the new home coverage. Make sure to pull the plug on your old home AFTER the real estate closing. Rather than bleed out and waste the left over refund even with the service charge hit. Or is the move covered from your old home coverage? Keep it on until the wheels on the moving van stopped going round and round.
- (Had a home seller in Maine moving south flick a cigarette and poof. Barely got the burning moving trailer tarped on back off the hitch. With loosing most of the arm hair on the leading limb as the purple heart for the quick thinking. During the drop it like it's hot hot hot. His homeowners that was not cancelled yet on the the old shack picked up the replacement damage. On the way to the new castle.)
- Arrange to transfer your children's school records. Get the files so it's a breeze to find the new teacher assignment. To know where to place the polished desk apples.
The count down. Week six before you are MIA at your old address and are on the road.
Read, read and scan Stan. Contact the IRS and/or your CPA for tax-deductible information. For the moves to make in the relocation to Maine. BEFORE April 15th and the groans. Slap to the forehead.
- Your possessions inventory. Can you donate anything? Do you need it all? Call Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, etc. Or befriend a family burned out of household items you can hand them.
- Let them know. Reach out to your family, friends, relatives, professionals, creditors, subscriptions, etc. Sure they eventually figure it out. Maybe. But time is money.
- Subscribe to a local paper in your new community and familiarize yourself with local government, community. Dig for the social news and activities in the new burg. Follow local blog posts on how things shake and bake in the new GPS coordinates.
- Take the none essentials a load at a time, while visiting the new home. Preparing for the slow, planned move from the old one. (If building, storage for the stuff needed first. To get it landed near old home, near new one).
- Parts wear out. Locate high-quality health-care professionals and hospitals in your new location. Hope you don't need them. But in time, we all do. So does your mother in law.
- Complete post-office change of address cards for the following: banks; charge cards; religious organizations; doctors/dentist; relatives and friends; income tax bureau/Social Security Administration/union; insurance broker/lawyer/CPA/ stockbroker; magazines; post office; and schools.
- One by one clean your closets. Have that moving/garage sale. Ask the kids do you want this? Otherwise, we don't care where it goes like the bright lights at last call. But it can't stay here. The new buyer is shaking his head side to side and does not want it either. Will hold up the closing during the walk through before the sit down, pass the keys please.
- If relocating due to a job, contact your employer to see what costs, if any, they will cover. It makes a big difference who is picking up the tab. on the direction steps you take or avoid.
Landing gear down, one month and counting Houston. Before blast off from your present address on the Maine home move.
- Start packing the none essentials first and day to day priority belongings last!
- Gather auto licensing and registration documents, medical, dental and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock and other financial documentation, etc. Remember the great place you stash them to never forget where you put them. Tie string around finger.
- Contact gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable TV and trash collection companies for service disconnect. Likewise if not already done. Disconnect, connect at your old and new addresses in the shuffle. Also ask for final readings. Do they sound correct? Hold payment while a double check is done.
- Request refunds on unused homeowner's insurance, security deposit with landlord, and prepaid cable/internet service.
- Notify your lawnmower, paperboy, snow removal service and pool service folks (if applicable).
- Property insurance binder, got one at the best deal? Shop it yearly to keep everyone honest, to avoid hot air balloon rise like needless rides.
Three weeks before your old address is history.
- Firm up, make your travel plans solid.
- Arrange to close current bank accounts and open accounts in your new locale (if necessary).
- Notify your state's motor vehicle bureau of your new address. You want to be able to drive and not hitch hike right?
- Arrange for childcare on moving day. They can not run the appliance dolly and none of them needs the scar from a run over in the final heave ho, here we go.
Two weeks before you leave your present address, the old home.
- Fido, Spot, Frisky. Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.
- Service your car for the trip.
- Double check. Contact your movers. Review fine print, the arrangements for your move to the new Maine home.
One week before you arrive in your new housing in Maine.
- Prepare detailed directions to the new address. Hand over an itinerary with emergency numbers to your moving company. They need to be able to find you when rut rho. The Uh Oh Call. We hope you don't get.
- Leave those garage door openers slid on the car visor. You won't be needing them, that won't work at the new homes. Settle outstanding bills with local retailers. Pick up dry cleaning, and return library books and rented movies.
- Take pets to the veterinarian and get copies of their records.
- Give away plants not being moved.
- Cancel newspaper delivery. Buy two-weeks worth of medication. Have your prescriptions forwarded to your new pharmacy. To not miss a 5,6,7, 8 beat.
- Buy traveler's checks. Get money for tolls. Remember change of clothes like the airline flight when your bags go AWOL.
- Make arrangements to pay for your move. (Oh yeah. Not Robin Hood Movers. Righto.)
A couple days before your planned home move date.
- Not DIY in the move, scoot, boogie? Give the cue, Sound the gong. Send your movers packing. Literally. Get the boxes, blankets, packing tape ripping sound started.
- Defrost refrigerators and freezers.
- Round up the family jewels, all valuables. Maybe check them with the family or friends you trust most. To hold not hawk until the home move relocation is completed.
- Unplug all major appliances.
- Mover's survival kit may include: scissors, utility knife, coffee cups, instant coffee/tea or a coffee maker, water and soft drinks, snacks, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, pencils and paper, local phone book, masking and/or duct tape, trash bags, shelf liner and aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Where to land all this stuff. Directions, who has the keys please. Think of tired truckers with chain drive wallets. If you were 10 and 2 and getting hot under the collar tired from the white line fever. Keep folks happy happy happy.
Moving day when it is underway. Hey.
- Be by the charged cell or some land line phone to answer any questions your mover may have.
- Record all utility meter readings (gas, electric and water).
- Stay until your movers are finished works best. Or leave someone behind to oversee the box and furniture shuffle into the moving van. For the close the door and let's ride darkness journey.
- Carefully read the document and the inventory sheet before signing it.
- Keep copies of the bill and inventory until your possessions are landed. All delivered, the charges are paid and any claims are settled. To avoid court house steps and ugly legal penned letters going back and forth in an expensive way.
- Take one final look around to see if you forgot anything. Shed a tear, say good bye in a private way to the four walls, the roof and floor.
- Unpack first-night items and mover's survival kit. You did remember our talk about the carry on of essentials? Didn't you? Or it is a quick trip to Wally World.
- Be at the new Maine home destination to welcome the movers. Flag them down with jumping jacks out front as the air brakes are slowly applied, four ways get pulled on. Be on hand to answer any questions. To direct the way does this go, that end up on going conversation.
- After the job is completed, pay what is owed. The driver is obligated by law (a federal requirement for interstate moves) to collect payment upon delivery.
- Scrutinize the unloading of your items. Account for each one on your inventory sheet household items. What was damaged or turned up among the missing items.
- Place moving and other important documents in a safe place at the new Maine home.
- Go to the post office, collect held mail. Wave, get ready for friendly, down to Earth that usually was missing in the urban home you left in the rear view mirror.
- More on how things roll, FAQ in Maine to help you get settled in on what to expect. At your new home sweet home in Maine. That probably has not mortgage, while you get used to not having the three on your last home out of state. Lot to like about this space in the place called Maine.
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