Checklist for Moving to El PasoPlan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

planning a moveFor most people pondering a move, the part that involves the actual moving is the most overwhelming. Obtaining a new home is fun—commencing upon a new chapter in life, whether you are buying your dream residence in El Paso or downsizing, there is something about a move that makes you feel like you're starting over. Then, you look at all your dusty old belongings and that spacecraft you are riding over the stars to your new abode comes back to earth and you find yourself in a stack of old magazines and kid's artwork that you have to take care of. However, if you organize your move and adhere to an easy checklist, you can most likely pack your life and move it to El Paso without too much worry and headaches.

It is normal to have a moving window of roughly 90 days, so this timeline figures you have that much time to facilitate your move. All that’s required to get started is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Choose your moving company—think about if you desire full-service moving or you want to do it yourself or somewhere in between, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes to your home and walks through to approximate how many moving trucks and how many boxes you will require, assess time to load, transport, and unload, and provide you an estimate for other services, like packing, taking apart certain items, and storing, if necessary. Once you decide on your moving company and service level, make sure to confirm you are on their schedule. Keep a copy of the estimate in your folder. One big thing down!

It is never too early to start purging—which things to give to a charity, pitch, or move with you. How you go about the project is up to you, what works for some people does not work for everyone. Ignore all the blog posts and YouTube videos and do what works for you—one day you could clear out and start to box up what is moving, another day you could decide to continue purging and leave things where they are. There really is no right way to accomplish it, so do not stress out if you do not follow the "rules".

Two Months Out

This is commonly when you start feeling a little hurried—the docket is turning quicker than it should be, and the truth is that besides choosing your moving company and pitching stuff from your junk drawer and mismatched mittens, you have not accomplished a thing.

If you are going to be quitting your job and haven't talked over your move with your supervisor, now is the perfect time--it gives them the time to train someone for your position so they are ready when you exit.

If you have decided to handle your own packing, reevaluate. Help is a phone call away; your moving company can send over professional packers to do the job—they'll schedule dates closer to your move because they come in and get the packing accomplished quickly, and you will need your bed sheets and the coffee pot until the end.

Tell all service providers that you'll be moving—if your move is within the same town, give your yard service the new address and you are done. Otherwise, here are a few of the crucial ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

These days, most physicans are part of larger networks and your records are available to new providers. Ask your general practitioner for referrals. They network well and might have old buddies from medical school they can get you in touch with. While dentists and orthodontists do not have those networks, they'll be able to direct you old-school, also.


As pharmacies merge you could manage to maintain that relationship, but to be prepared keep hard copies of all your prescriptions in your file folder so that you'll have them handy in case of an oversight along the path. The last thing you want is to run out of thyroid medication the day you are loading the truck and have to deal with a new pharmacy.


If you have children in school, enrolling them in a new school district is unavoidable—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 haven't closed in El Paso yet), and immunization records at the very least. Ask exactly what you'll need, and get ahead of the game and keep all the important paperwork in one place—the file folder.

If you have adult children in college and you're leaving the state, find out the process for maintaining in-state tuition. Each state has different rules, and the purpose for the move and the distance can have an impact—some states provide in-state tuition if you are moving under a certain number of miles.

Keep purging and packing—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, systematized, and have all your non-essentials in methodically packed and labeled boxes in the garage. Right. Now is when you get cutthroat with sorting--especially if you have choosen to have the moving company pack whatever is left. It is astonishing 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, give it to charity and keep sorting.

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 activities you are a part of, and if you are leading committees or on any boards, you should have already alerted the groups so they can fill the hole you are leaving. 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) submit your transfer documents--you can usually fill them out online.

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

If you're a member of any club, you will need to change your membership--depending on the organization’s rules, you could be able to have a non-resident status when you move to El Paso.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have kiddos, you shall have the joy of looking for new play groups, music teachers, soccer teams, and dance studios. The good news is that club level teams are everywhere, if you've got athletes. And, social media mom's groups are a decent way to seek other kid's groups. Keep in mind that everyone has an opinion, but you will 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 stop-service request. Don't forget your internet and cable--you could be able to transfer some services if your provider is in your new locale as well (gas, power, 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 remember the mail. You can set up your new home address and delivery stop dates online, and if you require a Post Office box you can set up that online also.

If you're moving interstate, confirm travel reservations and airline tickets. If you're moving with your furry friends, ensure the hotels allow animals.

One Week to Go!

Pretend you are departing on vacation and pack a bag or two, so you can get everything else ready to move. Conduct a “Clean Out the Fridge” week, and use paper products if possible so that you can pack up the rest of the kitchen.

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

Confirm with the movers what time they will be at your residence to begin loading.

Moving Day

You are ready to get going. You have got all your possessions ready to go on the trucks, so hang onto your folder, unplug the coffee pot and get moving.