Checklist for Moving to Wichita Falls—Plan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
 

planning a moveFor many people thinking about a move, the piece that involves the actual moving is the most overwhelming. Buying a new home is fun—beginning a new chapter in life, whether you are relocating to your dream home in Wichita Falls or downsizing, there's something about a move that makes you feel like you're starting anew. Then, you see all your dirty old stuff and that hot air balloon you're riding over the moon to your new place comes down and you find yourself in a pile of old books and kid's artwork that you have to deal with. However, if you plan your move and follow an elementary checklist, you can most likely pack your life and move it to Wichita Falls without too much uneasiness and anxiety.

It's average to have a moving time frame of about 90 days, so this timeline figures you've got that much time to work on your move. All that’s required to begin is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Pick your moving company—decide if you would like full-service moving or you prefer to do it yourself or a service level in the middle, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes to your house and walks through to approximate how many moving trucks and how much packing material you'll need, figure up time to load, transport, and unload, and give you a quote for other services, like packing, disassembling speciality items, and warehousing, if needed. After you decide on your moving company and services needed, be sure to confirm you are on the calendar. Keep a copy of the quote in your folder. One big thing down!

It is never too soon to begin purging—what to donate, pitch, or pack. How you approach the process is up to you, what works for some people doesn't work for everyone. Don’t pay attention to all the blog posts and internet videos and get started on what works for you—one afternoon you could sort through and proceed to pack up what's moving, another afternoon you might choose to keep purging and leave things in place. There really is no right way to accomplish it, so don't sweat it if you do not abide by the "rules".

Two Months Out

This is commonly when it gets real—the timetable is somehow moving faster than it should be, and the truth is that except for choosing your moving company and throwing out old Happy Meal toys and a few items that you haven’t worn in years, you haven't accomplished a thing.

If you are going to be resigning from your job and have not talked over your move with your boss, now is the perfect time--it gives them the time to prepare someone for your position so they're prepared when you exit.

If you've choosen to manage your own packing, think about it again. Help is a phone call away; your moving company can send in the Calvary with professional packers to handle the job—they will schedule for closer to your move since they arrive and get it done in short order, and you'll need shoes and the coffee pot until the last moment.

Alert your service providers that you'll be leaving—if your move is local, give your yard service the new address and you are done. Beyond that, here are some of the crucial ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

Nowadays, most physicans are part of bigger networks and your records are available if you switch doctors. Ask your doctor for recommendations. They network well and could have old buddies from medical school they can get you in touch with. While dentists and orthodontists don't have those networks, they will help guide you old-school, too.

Prescriptions

As pharmacies merge you may manage to maintain that relationship, but to be prepared place hard copies of all your prescriptions in your file folder so that you'll have them on hand in case of a delay along the process. The last thing you need is to run out of thyroid medication the day you are loading the truck and have to work with a new pharmacy.

School

If you have kids in school, enrolling them in a new school district is a necessary evil—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 Wichita Falls yet), and immunization records at least. Ask specifically what you'll need, and be proactive and place all the documents in a safe place—the file folder.

If you have adult children in college and you're leaving the state, inquire about the parameters for keeping in-state tuition. Each state has different regulations, 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 boxing—set a goal for a room a week, or all the closets in a week.

planning a moveOne Month Out

By now you should have purged, arranged, and have all your non-essentials in tidily packed and labeled boxes in the garage. Right. This is when you get ruthless with purging--especially if you've choosen to have the moving company pack everything that is left. It's amazing how really inconsequential that old lamp becomes when you don't love it anyway and now it's going to cost you to move it. So, throw it out and keep going.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, by chance, you've forgotten to bring up to anyone that you're moving, don’t delay any longer. Especially any volunteer groups you're active in, and if you are leading committees or on any boards, you should have previously notified the groups so they can fill the hole you are creating. Remember to pass off all files or records you’ve collected (Girl Scout cookie moms) to your successor. If you're part of a nationwide organization, (Rotary, Junior League) prepare your transfer documents--you can many times turn them in online.

Many mainline churches and synagogues give the chance to transfer memberships; as soon as you're feeling comfortable and have established a new religious home, they will handle that for you when you're ready to be a part of a new church home.

If you belong to any club, you'll want to change your membership--depending on the organization’s rules, you may be able to have a non-resident status after you move to Wichita Falls.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have children, you shall experience the joy of searching out new play groups, piano teachers, basketball teams, and gymnastics studios. The great news is that club level teams are all over the place, if you've got athletes. And, social media mom's groups are a good way to seek other kid's activities. Don’t forget that everybody has an opinion, but you'll at the very least be able to get a good basket of contacts for trumpet and art lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

Contact all your utilities and set up the cancel-service request. Remember your internet and cable--you may be able to transfer some services if your provider is in your new locale as well (gas, electric, TV, internet) but unless you are local you will most likely need 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 mailing address and delivery stop dates online, and if you need a Post Office box you can do that online too.

If you are moving long distance, confirm travel reservations or airline tickets. If you're moving with your pets, make sure the hotels allow animals.

One Week to Go!

Pretend you're going on vacation and pack a suitcase or two, so you can get everything else packed to move. Hold a “Clean Out the Fridge” week, and use paper plates whenever possible so that you can box up the rest of the kitchen.

If you're moving any landscaping, hold off until the last day to dig the plants up, and place them in large pots for the move.

Check with the movers what time they'll be at your residence to commence loading.

Moving Day

You're ready to get going. 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.