How a “Moving Binder” Can Help Make Your Next Move Stress-Free

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So, you’re in the market to buy a house, and you’re super excited about the idea of finding your dream home. At the same time, the reality is moving can sometimes be stressful!

With so many specifics to plan and so much paperwork to keep track of, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed just thinking about your upcoming move.

Not to worry! You can take a huge amount of stress out of your upcoming move by getting (and staying) as organized as possible. And you accomplish this all with a moving binder.

What is a Moving Binder?

Essentially, a moving binder is a binder full of checklists, important documents, and other resources to help you stay organized during your move. A moving binder can be tailored to suit your unique needs.

For instance, if you’re buying a new home at the same time that you’re selling your current home, your binder might be logically divided into two sections: one for the purchase of your new home and one for the sale of your existing home.

However you decide to set up your moving binder, it’s best to start sooner rather than later in order to get the most out of it.

Why Use a Moving Binder?

There are so many benefits to using a moving binder. The main advantage is simply staying organized. No more stress as you try to locate the appraisal or inspection paperwork for your new home.

You’ll also be better prepared for the big move, since you’ll have detailed checklists that walk you through the necessary tasks you need to complete months, weeks, and days out from your moving day.

And if you enjoy organization, putting together a moving binder can be a surprisingly fun and even therapeutic project!

If you’re not sure exactly what you need for your moving binder, we recommend that you check out some free printables available at The Homes I Have MadeSweet Tea & Saving Grace, and A Bowl Full of Lemons. These printables have everything you need to include in your binder, and you can always recycle any sections you don’t end up using!

How to Create a Customized Moving Binder

So, are you convinced? If so, then it’s time to gather the materials you’ll need to create your moving binder.

1. Get The Right Supplies

Stop by your local office supply store to grab the following:

  • a three-ring binder (at least one-and-a-half inches)
  • a package of pocket dividers with tabs
  • binder pockets (for easy storage of calculators, etc.)
  • a binder zipper pouch for additional supplies

2. Determine What Goes in Your Binder

Next, decide which resources you’ll need to include in your binder. Generally, you’ll want to include checklists for various points throughout the move (six months out, three months out, two weeks out, etc.), in addition to a section for documentation (appraisals, loan documents, inspection reports).

3. Organize Documents For Professional Movers

Whether you plan on renting a truck or hiring a moving company, you’ll also want to include a section to keep receipts for your moving truck or moving services, along with receipts for any other moving-related expenses that may be tax-deductible.

4. Create a Section for All Your Appointments

Moving also tends to require lots of appointments: connecting cable, Internet, and utilities; performing inspections; and more. Dedicate an entire section to  these appointments in your moving binder.

As you schedule appointments, you can write down the time, date, and other details in your binder so you don’t forget.

5. Keep Track of Furniture Measurements

Use a section to keep track of furniture measurements. This is a great place to keep measurements of major furniture pieces (dining room sets, couches, beds, etc.) and the rooms they’ll go in, so you can make sure they’ll fit in the new home.

So, why make your upcoming move any more stressful and challenging than it needs to be? Start getting organized for your move today by starting a moving binder.

About Christa Baxter

Christa Baxter
Christa Baxter has worked as an editor for more than seven years. She leads the content team in producing whip-smart moving tips and recs. After relocating four times in the last calendar year, she’s got strong opinions about moving best practices. (Just don’t ever pull a Marie Kondo and suggest she whittle down her personal library.)