Checklist for Moving to Colorado SpringsPlan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
 

planning a moveFor many people contemplating a move, the part that involves the actual moving is the most overwhelming. Buying a new residence is fun—beginning 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 comes back to earth and you find yourself in a pile of old books and kid's artwork that you have to take care of. However, if you plan your move and adhere to a simple checklist, you can most likely pack your life and move it to Colorado Springs without too much worry and anxiety.

It's customary 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 begin is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Select your moving company—decide if you want full-service moving or you want to do it yourself or something in the middle, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes by your house and walks through to estimate how many trucks and how much packing material you'll need, calculate 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 process is your choice, what is best for one person does not work for everyone. Don’t pay attention to all the blog posts and internet videos and move forward with what works for you—one day you could sort through and start to box up what is moving, another afternoon you might choose to keep purging and leave things unpacked. There truly is no right 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 selecting your moving company and pitching 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 quitting 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 for your position so they're prepared when you exit.

If you've elected 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 the packing knocked out quick as a wink, and you will need clothes and the coffee pot until the last moment.

Tell all service providers that you'll be moving—if your move is local, 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 might 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 place hard copies of all your medications in your file folder so that you will have them on hand in the event of an oversight along the process. The last thing you need is to run out of allergy medication the day you are moving 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 put all the documents in a safe place—the file folder.

If you have adult children in college and you are leaving 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 provide 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, arranged, and placed all your non-essentials in tidily packed and labeled boxes in the garage. Right. Now is when you get cutthroat with purging--especially if you have choosen to have the moving company pack all of the stuff that is left. It's fascinating how really unnecessary that old lamp becomes when you do not love it anyway and now it is going to cost you to move it. So, throw it out and keep going.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, on the rare occasion, 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 creating. Remember to pass off all files or records you have (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 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 club, you'll need to update your membership--depending on the organization, you might 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 joy of looking for 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 be able to get a good number of contacts for trumpet and cooking lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

Contact all your utilities and set up the cancel-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 do not 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 accomplish 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!

Make believe you're leaving on vacation and pack a bag or two, so you can get everything else packed to move. Hold 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 all your possessions prepared to be loaded on the moving van, so hang onto your folder, unplug the coffee pot and get moving.