Checklist for Moving to Little RockPlan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
 

planning a moveFor most people pondering a move, the piece that involves the actual moving is the most overwhelming. Purchasing a new house is exciting—beginning a new chapter in life, whether you're relocating to your dream house in Little Rock or getting something smaller, there is something about a move that makes you feel like you are starting over. Then, you look at all your dirty old possessions and that hot air balloon you're riding over the moon to your new place dies and you land in a stack of old books and kid's artwork that you have to take care of. But, if you organize your move and adhere to an elementary checklist, you can manage to pack your life and move it to Little Rock without too much stress and misery.

It is normal to have a moving timespan of roughly three months, so this timeline assumes you've got that much time to work on your move. All that is needed to get started is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Choose your moving company—think about if you want full-service moving or you prefer to do it yourself or something in the middle, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes to your home and goes through to estimate how many moving vans and how many boxes you'll need, calculate time to load, transport, and unload, and give you a quote for other work, like packing, taking apart speciality items, and managing storage, if needed. After you decide on your moving company and services needed, be sure to verify you are on their schedule. Put a copy of the quote in your folder. One big thing down!

It's never too early to begin purging—which things to give to a charity, pitch, or pack. How you go about the project is up to you, what is best for some people doesn't work for all. Don’t pay attention to all the blog posts and internet videos and get started on what works for you—one day you could tidy up and start to box up what is moving, another afternoon you could decide to keep purging and leave things unpacked. There truly is no right way to accomplish it, so do not worry if you don't follow the "rules".

Two Months Out

This is commonly when you start feeling a little hurried—the timetable is turning quicker than it should be, and the truth is that except for choosing your moving company and throwing out takeout menus and mismatched socks, you haven't done a thing.

If you are going to be quitting your place of employment and haven't discussed your move with your manager, now is a great time--it gives them the time to train someone for your position so they're ready when you leave.

If you've elected to handle your own packing, think about it again. Help is a phone call away; your moving company can assist with professional packers to do the job—they'll schedule dates closer to your move because they arrive and get it done quick as a wink, and you'll need shoes and the coffee pot until the end.

Alert your service providers that you will be leaving—if your move is within the same town, give your yard service the new address and you're finished. Beyond that, here are several of the vital ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

Any more, most medical practices are part of larger networks and your records are available to new providers. Ask your doctor for recommendations. They network well and have old buddies from medical school they can recommend. While dentists and orthodontists don't have those networks, they'll be able to refer you old-school, too.

Prescriptions

As pharmacies merge you could be able to keep your current pharmacy chain, but just in case keep paper copies of all your prescriptions in your file folder so that you'll have them on hand in the event of a glitch along the path. The last thing you want is to run out of thyroid medication the day you move and have to work with a new pharmacy.

School

If you have kids in school, 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 keep all the important paperwork in a safe place—the file folder.

If you have kids in college and you are moving to a different state, inquire about the parameters for maintaining in-state tuition. Each state has different guidelines, and the reasons for the move and the distance can have an impact—some states provide in-state tuition if you're moving under a certain number of miles.

Keep sifting through everything and packing—make a goal for a room each week, or all the closets in a week.

planning a moveOne Month Out

By now you should have sorted, arranged, and put all your non-essentials in nicely packed and labeled boxes in an out-of-the-way place. Right. Now is when you get fierce with purging--especially if you have opted to have the moving company pack whatever is left. It is fascinating how really unnecessary that old lamp becomes when you do not like it anyway and now it's going to cost you to move it. So, trash it and keep going.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, by chance, you have forgotten to mention to anyone that you are moving, don’t delay any longer. Especially any volunteer groups you're a part of, and if you are leading committees or on any boards, you hopefully have previously told the groups so they can fill the hole you're creating. Remember to pass off all files or records you have (Girl Scout cookie moms) to your successor. If you're part of a nationwide organization, (Rotary, Junior League) submit your transfer documents--you can a lot of the time do these online.

Quite a few mainline churches and synagogues provide the opportunity to transfer memberships; once you're feeling comfortable and have found a new religious home, they will handle that for you when you're ready to have a new church home.

If you are a member of any organization, you will need to change your membership--depending on the organization, you could be able to have a non-resident status after you move to Little Rock.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have children, you will have the excitement of searching out new play groups, vocal teachers, soccer teams, and gymnastics studios. The excellent news is that club level teams are everywhere, if you've got athletes. And, social media mom's groups are a good way to source out other kid's activities. Don’t forget that everyone has an opinion, but you will at least be able to get a good basket of contacts for karate and cooking lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

Get ahold of all your utilities and set up the end-service request. Remember your internet and cable--you may be able to transfer some services if your provider is in your new hometown as well (gas, power, TV, internet) but unless you are local you'll need new accounts. Set up your new accounts as you terminate the old ones, and don't forget the mail. You can enter your new home address and delivery stop dates online, and if you need a PO box you can set up that online too.

If you're moving across the country, confirm travel reservations and airline tickets. If you are moving with your pets, be sure the hotels allow animals.

One Week to Go!

Imagine you are departing on vacation and pack a bag or two, so you can get everything else packed to move. Conduct a “Clean Out the Fridge” week, and use paper plates if possible so that you can pack up the rest of the kitchen.

If you're moving any plants from your yard, wait until the last day to dig the plants up, and put them in large tubs for the move.

Confirm with the movers what time they'll arrive at your home to begin loading.

Moving Day

You're ready to move. You've got your stuff ready to go on the trucks, so hang onto your folder, unplug the coffee pot and get moving.