Checklist for Moving to TulsaPlan Ahead and Relax

by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

planning a moveFor most people thinking about a move, the portion that involves the actual moving is the most mind-boggling. Purchasing a new home is exhilarating—starting a new chapter in life, whether you are buying your dream residence in Tulsa or getting something smaller, there is something about a move that helps you feel like you are starting over. Then, you see all your musty old belongings and that rocketship you're riding over the stars to your new digs dies and you land in a pile of old books and kid's artwork that you need to deal with. However, if you plan your move and follow an easy checklist, you can most likely pack your life and move it to Tulsa without a lot of stress and misery.

It is customary to have a moving timespan of roughly three months, so this timeline figures you have that much time to work on your move. All that’s required to get started is a large file folder.

Three Months Out

Pick your moving company—decide if you desire full-service moving or you prefer to do it yourself or something in between, sort of an a la carte option. A moving specialist comes by your house and walks through to estimate how many moving vans and how many boxes you will require, assess time to load, transport, and unload, and provide you a quote for other work, like packing, disassembling certain items, and storing, if necessary. After you figure out your moving company and service level, make sure to check that you are on the calendar. Keep a copy of the quote in your folder. One big thing down!

It is never too early to commence purging—which items to give to a charity, throw away, or pack. How you go about the project is your decision, what is good for some doesn't work for everyone. Ignore all the blog posts and internet videos and get started on what works for you—one weekend you might clean out closets and go ahead and box up what is moving, the next day you could decide to keep purging and leave things in place. There really is no correct way to do it, so don't worry if you don't follow the "rules".

Two Months Out

This is usually when it gets real—the calendar is seemingly going quicker than it should be, and the reality is that except for choosing your moving company and throwing out takeout menus and a few items that you haven’t worn in years, you have not completed anything.

If you are going to be resigning from your job and haven't talked over your move with your boss, now is a good time--it provides them the time to train someone as your replacement so they are prepared when you leave.

If you have elected 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 since they get there and get the packing accomplished quickly, and you will need clothes and the coffee pot until the last moment.

Tell all service providers that you'll be leaving—if your move is not a long distance, give your yard service the new address and you are finished. Otherwise, here are a few of the vital ones.

Medical—doctors, orthodontists, dentists

Nowadays, most medical practitioners are part of bigger networks and your records are readily available to new providers. Ask your physician for recommendations. They network well and might have old friends from medical school they can recommend. While dentists and orthodontists do not have those networks, they will help guide you old-school, also.


As pharmacies merge you might be able to maintain that relationship, but to be prepared put hard copies of all your prescriptions in your file folder so that you will have them on hand in case of a glitch 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 school-age children, enrolling them in a new school district is a must—you need every document in existence to register them—birth certificate, social security info, proof of address (a copy of your contract if you have not closed in Tulsa yet), and immunization records at the very least. Ask specifically what you'll need, and go ahead and put all the documents in one place—the file folder.

If you have adult children in college and you are moving to a different state, inquire about the rules for keeping in-state tuition. Each state has different rules, and the reasons for the move and the distance can be a deciding factor—some states allow in-state tuition if you're moving under a certain number of miles.

Keep purging and boxing—set a goal for a room each week, or all the closets in a week.

planning a moveOne Month Out

By now you should have gotten rid of, arranged, and have all your non-essentials in nicely packed and labeled boxes in an out-of-the-way place. Right. This is when you get fierce with purging--especially if you've opted to have the moving company pack whatever is left. It's astonishing how really unnecessary that old lamp becomes when you do not love it anyway and now it is going to cost you to move it. So, throw it out and keep going.

Activities--Community, Religious, Social

If, by accident, you've neglected to bring up to anyone that you're moving, don’t delay any longer. Especially any volunteer activities you're active in, and if you are overseeing committees or on any boards, you hopefully have previously notified the groups so they can fill the gap you are leaving. Don't forget to pass off the files or records you have (Girl Scout cookie moms) to the person stepping into your old role. If you are part of a nationwide organization, (Rotary, Junior League) prepare your transfer documents--you can usually do these online.

Most mainline churches and synagogues give the chance to transfer memberships; after you are unpacked and have found a new religious home, they will take care of that for you when you are ready to be a part of a new congregation.

If you are a member of any club, you'll need to update your membership--depending on the organization’s rules, you might be able to have a non-resident status after you move to Tulsa.

Activities--Youth Sports, Clubs

If you have children, you shall have the excitement of finding new play groups, vocal teachers, basketball teams, and gymnastics studios. The great news is that club level teams are all over the place, if you have athletes. And, searching social media is a decent way to source out other kid's groups. Keep in mind that everybody has an opinion, but you'll at the very least be able to get a good basket of contacts for karate 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 just switch some services if your provider is in your new hometown 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 require a Post Office box you can set up that online too.

If you are moving long distance, confirm hotel reservations or airline tickets. If you are moving with your furry friends, make sure the hotels allow animals.

One Week to Go!

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

If you are moving any landscaping, hold off until the last day to dig the plants up, and put them in large tubs for the move.

Confirm with the movers when they will be at your residence to commence loading.

Moving Day

You are ready to get going. You've got your stuff ready to go on the moving van, so get your folder, unplug the coffee pot and have a great move.