Checklist for Moving to Colorado Springs—Plan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
 

planning a moveFor the majority of people contemplating a move, the part that involves the actual moving is the most mind-boggling. Buying a new residence is fun—starting a new chapter in life, whether you are moving into your dream residence in Colorado Springs or getting something smaller, there's something about a move that makes you feel like you're starting fresh. Then, you see all your musty old possessions and that rocketship you are riding over the stars to your new place dies and you find yourself in a pile of old magazines and kid's artwork that you have to contend. However, if you organize your move and adhere to a simple checklist, you can most likely pack your life and move it to Colorado Springs without too much uneasiness and anxiety.

It's average to have a moving time frame of roughly 90 days, so this timeline figures you have that much time to facilitate your move. All you need to get going is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Pick your moving company—think about if you would like full-service moving or you want to do it yourself or somewhere in the middle, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes by your house and walks through to approximate how many trucks and how much packing material you'll need, assess time to load, transport, and unload, and provide you an estimate for other items, like packing, taking apart furniture, and warehousing, if necessary. Once you decide on your moving company and services needed, make sure to check that you're on their schedule. Put a copy of the quote in your folder. One huge thing is now done!

It's never too early to commence purging—which things to give to a charity, trash, or move with you. How you go about the project is your choice, what is good for some people does not work for everyone. Don’t pay attention to all the blog posts and internet videos and get started on what works for you—one day you may sort through and start to box up what is moving, another weekend you might choose to keep purging and leave things in place. There truly is no perfect way to accomplish it, so do not sweat it if you do not abide by the "rules".

Two Months Out

This is commonly when it gets real—the calendar is turning quicker than it should be, and the reality is that besides choosing your moving company and trashing old Happy Meal toys and a few items that you haven’t worn in years, you haven't accomplished anything.

If you are going to be resigning from your place of employment and have not discussed your move with your manager, now is a good time--it provides them the time to prepare someone as your replacement so they're prepared when you leave.

If you've choosen to handle your own packing, reevaluate. Assistance is at your fingertips; your moving company can send in the Calvary with professional packers to do the job—they'll schedule for closer to your move because they come in and get it done quick as a wink, and you will need your bed sheets and the coffee pot until the end.

Let any service providers know that you'll be moving—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 crucial ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

These days, most medical practitioners are part of bigger networks and your records are available to new providers. Ask your physician for referrals. They network well and could have old friends from medical school they can recommend. While dentists and orthodontists don't have those networks, they will be able to refer you old-school, also.

Prescriptions

As pharmacies merge you may manage to keep your current pharmacy chain, but to be prepared put hard copies of all your medications in your file folder so that you will have them on hand in the event of a delay along the path. The last thing you need is to run out of allergy medication the day you are loading the truck and have to deal with a new pharmacy.

School

If you have school-age children, enrolling them in a new school district is a necessary evil—you need every document you can think of to register them—birth certificate, social security info, proof of address (a copy of your contract if you have not closed in Colorado Springs yet), and immunization records at least. Ask precisely what you will need, and go ahead and place all the documents in a safe place—the file folder.

If you have adult children in college and you are moving out of the state, inquire about the parameters for keeping in-state tuition. Each state has different guidelines, and the purpose for the move and the distance can have an impact—some states offer in-state tuition if you are moving to a contiguous state.

Keep purging and packing—set a goal for a room every week, or all the closets in a week.

planning a moveOne Month Out

By now you should have gotten rid of, organized, and put all your non-essentials in tidily packed and labeled boxes in the garage. Right. Now is when you get ruthless with purging--especially if you have choosen to have the moving company pack everything that is left. It's fascinating how really pointless that old lamp becomes when you do not love it anyway and now it is going to cost you to move it. So, give it to charity and keep going.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, by chance, you have neglected to bring up to anyone that you're moving, you need to now. Especially any volunteer groups you are a part of, and if you are overseeing committees or on any boards, you should have already notified the groups so they can fill the gap you're making. Remember to pass off any files or records you have (Girl Scout cookie moms) to whoever is replacing you. If you're part of a nationwide organization, (Rotary, Junior League) prepare your transfer documents--you can usually fill them out online.

Quite a few mainline churches and synagogues offer the opportunity to transfer memberships; after you're feeling comfortable and have established a new religious home, they will handle that for you when you're ready to join a new congregation.

If you belong to any organization, you'll need to update your membership--depending on the organization, you could be able to have a non-resident status after you move to Colorado Springs.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have children, you shall have the fun of finding new play groups, music teachers, soccer teams, and dance studios. The great news is that club level teams are all over the place, if you have athletes. And, social media mom's groups are a great way to find other kid's activities. Remember that everyone has an opinion, but you will at the very least have a good basket of contacts for trumpet and cooking lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

Contact all your utilities and set up the stop-service request. Remember your internet and cable--you might be able to just switch some services if your provider is in your new hometown as well (gas, power, TV, internet) but unless you're local you will most likely require new accounts. Set up your new accounts as you end the old ones, and don't forget the mail. You can set up your new home address and delivery stop dates online, and if you need a PO box you can do that online too.

If you are moving across the country, confirm hotel reservations and airline tickets. If you are moving with your pets, make sure the hotels allow animals.

One Week to Go!

Imagine you're going 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 products whenever feasible so that you can pack up the rest of the kitchen.

If you are moving any plants from your yard, wait until the last possible moment to dig the plants up, and keep them in large pots for the move.

Verify with the movers when they'll arrive at your house to start loading.

Moving Day

You're ready to go. You have got your stuff prepared to be loaded on the moving truck, so hang onto your folder, unplug the coffee pot and get moving.