Checklist for Moving to Wichita FallsPlan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

planning a moveFor the majority of people pondering a move, the portion that involves the actual moving is the most mind-boggling. Buying a new residence 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 over. Then, you see all your dusty 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 need to deal with. However, if you organize your move and follow an elementary checklist, you can manage to pack your life and move it to Wichita Falls without too much worry and anxiety.

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

Three Months Out

Select your moving company—decide if you want 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 estimate how many moving vans 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 certain items, and warehousing, if needed. After you figure out your moving company and services needed, be sure to confirm you are in their books. Keep a copy of the quote in your folder. Check one big thing off of your list!

It is never too soon to begin purging—what to donate, throw away, or pack. How you approach the process is up to you, what is good for one person doesn't work for all. Don’t pay attention to all the blog posts and internet videos and move forward with what works for you—one weekend you may sort through and proceed to pack up what's moving, another weekend you might choose to keep purging and leave things in place. There really is no perfect 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 mismatched socks, you haven't accomplished a thing.

If you are going to be quitting your job and have not talked over your move with your boss, now is the perfect time--it gives them the time to prime 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 get there 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 within the same town, 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 to new providers. Ask your doctor for recommendations. They network well and might 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 direct you old-school, too.


As pharmacies merge you might manage to maintain that relationship, but to be prepared put 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 moving and have to work with a new pharmacy.


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 put all the documents in a safe place—the file folder.

If you have adult children in college and you're moving out of the state, inquire about the rules 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 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, organized, and have all your non-essentials in tidily packed and labeled boxes in the garage. Right. This is when you get cutthroat with purging--especially if you've selected to have the moving company pack all of the stuff 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, on the rare occasion, 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 chairing committees or on any boards, you should have previously notified the groups so they can fill the place you are making. Do not forget 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) get your transfer documents ready and submitted--you can a lot of the time turn them in online.

Quite a few mainline churches and synagogues provide 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 organization, you'll want to change your membership--depending on the organization, 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 have a good basket of contacts for trumpet and art lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

Call all your utilities and set up the stop-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 cancel 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 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, be 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. Conduct 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 items from your yard, 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 move. 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.