How to Make a Relocation Binder

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You've signed the paperwork for your new place, and are set to move in just a couple of weeks. The excitement wears off though, when you look around your current home and realize everything you need to do before you can move. Hiring movers, packing the boxes, turning off the utilities -- it can all make you just want to climb into a box and hide. While nothing can take all of the stress of a move away, staying organized can help make it go more smoothly. A three-ring binder with all of your relocation information is one way to keep everything straight and your sanity intact.

Things You'll Need

  • Three-ring binder
  • Page protectors
  • Purchase a three-ring binder and page protectors. Choose a binder that is large enough to hold all of the paperwork for your move. A 2-inch binder should be thick enough to hold everything without getting overstuffed.

  • Create a master to-do list for the move. This is the first page of the binder. This list should include everything that needs to be completed, from packing to turning on utilities. Leave space on the list for notes, and check off items as they are completed.

  • Add a calendar. Mark important dates and deadlines for the move. As you schedule appointments for movers and installations, keep track on this page.

  • Mark section dividers to keep the binder organized. Possible section titles include movers, packing lists and utilities.

  • Organize the section devoted to the movers. Include a copy of the moving estimate, and copies of any communication with the moving company. When you're on the road, you may not have access to the e-mails that outlined the details of the move, and the binder will give you access to the information. Create a cover page for the front of the section with the moving company contact information so you can easily find it.

  • Make packing lists for each room in your home. Create an inventory list of major items, such as furniture and electronics. Take photos of valuable items so that you can file a claim for damage if necessary. Write down the number of boxes in each room so you can keep track of your items.

  • Create a page for each utility, both in your current home and your new home. Include the contact information and space to write down account numbers, dates of contact and other notes.

  • Keep track of all receipts in the binder. Put all of the receipts related to the move in a page protector so you have them come tax time.

  • Include a section to organize the actual moving trip. If you need to stay in a hotel, include copies of your reservation confirmation. Print out directions to the new address.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a binder in a bright color, such as red, so that it's easier to find on a chaotic moving day.

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