Checklist for Moving to AtlantaPlan 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 home is exciting—commencing upon a new chapter in life, whether you are buying your dream house in Atlanta 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 dusty old belongings and that hot air balloon you're riding over the stars to your new digs comes back to earth and you find yourself in a stack of old magazines and kid's artwork that you have to deal with. But, if you organize your move and adhere to a simple checklist, you can most likely pack your life and move it to Atlanta without a lot of worry and headaches.

It's average to have a moving timespan of roughly 90 days, so this timeline assumes you've got that much time to work on your move. All that is needed to begin is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Pick your moving company—decide if you desire full-service moving or you want to do it yourself or a service level in the middle, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes by your home and walks through to estimate how many moving trucks and how much packing material you will require, calculate time to load, transport, and unload, and give you a quote for other services, like packing, disassembling furniture, and managing storage, if necessary. Once you select your moving company and services needed, be sure to check that you are in their books. Keep a copy of the quote in your folder. Check one big thing off of your list!

It's never too soon to commence purging—what to give to a charity, pitch, or pack. How you go about the task is up to you, what is best for one person doesn't work for all. Ignore all the blogs and YouTube videos and move forward with what works for you—one afternoon you could tidy up and proceed to pack up what is moving, the next day you may choose to continue purging and leave things where they are. There really is no right way to accomplish it, so don't sweat it if you don't follow the "rules".

Two Months Out

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

If you will be leaving your place of employment and haven't talked over your move with your manager, now is the perfect time--it provides them the time to train someone to pick up where you are leaving off so they are ready when you leave.

If you've decided to manage your own packing, think about it again. Assistance is at your fingertips; your moving company can send in the Calvary with professional packers to handle the job—they'll schedule dates closer to your move because they come in and get the packing knocked out quick as a wink, and you'll need clothes and the coffee pot until the final day.

Alert your service providers that you'll be leaving—if your move is not a long distance, give your yard service the new address and you're done. Beyond that, here are several of the vital ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

These days, most doctors are part of bigger networks and your records are available to new providers. Ask your general practitioner for recommendations. They network well and have old friends from medical school they can recommend. While dentists and orthodontists don't have those networks, they'll help refer you old-school, also.


As pharmacies merge you could be able to keep your current pharmacy chain, but just in case keep hard copies of all your prescriptions in your file folder so that you will have them on hand in the event of a glitch along the path. 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 school-age children, 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 Atlanta yet), and immunization records at least. Ask precisely what you will need, and get ahead of the game and place all the important paperwork in a safe place—the file folder.

If you have older children in college and you are moving to a different state, find out the process for keeping in-state tuition. Each state has different regulations, and the reasons for the move and the distance can be a deciding factor—some states allow in-state tuition if you are moving to a contiguous state.

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

planning a moveOne Month Out

By now you should have sorted, arranged, and have 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 everything that is left. It is astonishing how really pointless that old lamp becomes when you don't like it anyway and now it is going to cost you to move it. So, trash it and keep sorting.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, on the rare occasion, you have neglected to tell anyone that you are moving, now is the time. Especially any volunteer activities you're a part of, and if you are chairing committees or on any boards, you should have already alerted the groups so they can fill the gap you are creating. Remember to pass off the 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 do these online.

Most mainline churches and synagogues provide the opportunity to transfer memberships; once you are settled and have established a new religious home, they will take care of that for you when you're ready to be a part of a new church home.

If you belong to any social organization, you will need to change your membership--depending on the by-laws, you might be able to maintain a non-resident status when you move to Atlanta.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have kids, you'll have the fun of finding new play groups, piano teachers, basketball teams, and dance studios. The great news is that club level teams are everywhere, if your kids are into sports. And, searching online is a great way to seek other kid's groups. Don’t forget that everyone has an opinion, but you'll at least be able to get a good number of contacts for karate and art lessons.

Two Weeks and Counting

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

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

One Week to Go!

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

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

Verify with the movers what time they will be at your home to begin loading.

Moving Day

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