If you’re planning to move in the next few months, it’s probably time to start preparing. There are many decisions to make, and you don’t want to wait until the last minute. For instance, will you be moving your belongings yourself, or will you be hiring movers? Do you have a packing and organizing strategy? Here is a to-do list that can help you make your moving day as stress-free as possible.
Step 1: Get organized
Set up a folder or binder where you can arrange all the documents associated with your move. That may include a checklist, receipts, contracts, etc.
Step 2: Set a budget and research your options
Two to three months prior to your planned move, sit down and figure out how much money you can afford to allocate to moving. This budget will be the main factor in determining if you will pack and move yourself or if you will hire professionals to handle this for you.
Step 3: Contact a moving company
If you have room in your budget to hire professional movers, you’ve got your work cut out for you. There are many moving companies to choose from, but your best bet is to make a decision based on referrals. Once you’ve chosen the right company, you’ll need to contact them at least a month in advance to schedule your move.
Step 4: Change your address
A few weeks in advance of your move, visit your local post office to change your address. This can take a couple of weeks to go into effect so it’s best to plan early. Contact your insurance and utility companies to schedule the date to have your services terminated at your old address and implemented at your new home. If you have children, you will need to get them registered in their new school and notify their current school that you are moving. Now is also the time to start mailing out a change of address cards to family and friends.
Step 5: Start purging
It’s never too early to start decluttering your home. This step will make packing and moving your belongings much easier. So whether you hold a garage sale for unused items, donate them, or throw them away, get started as soon as possible!
Step 6: Gather moving supplies
Start collecting boxes early on in the process, because you’ll soon discover that you can never have too many! You’ll also need bubble wrap, packing tape, and labels or magic markers. Your mover should also be able to supply you with closet boxes for packing coats and other hanging clothes that cannot be folded.
Step 7: Confirm with your movers
Two weeks before your moving date, contact your moving company to confirm your move and make sure both parties have all their questions answered with regard to the big day.
Step 8: Start packing
At two weeks in advance, it’s also time to start packing your personal belongings. Begin with the items you use the least and work backward. Don’t forget to carefully mark each box so you’ll know what room and area each box should be placed in your new home. Be sure to set aside your valuables and cleaning supplies. You won’t want to risk having valuables get lost during your move, and you’ll need your cleaning supplies in the days leading up to your move.
Step 9: Clean your home
About three days before your move, you should have enough of your things packed away so that you can do a deep clean of your home.
Step 10: Defrost appliances, if you’re moving them
If you will be moving your refrigerator or deep freezer, be sure to defrost and clean them out first.
Step 11: Pack the car
The day before you move, pack your car with any items you’ll need right away, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, and food and other travel essentials if you’ll be traveling a distance. If possible, keep your car locked in the garage after you pack it.
Step 12: Get ready for some hard work!
Moving day is finally here, and while you’ve done everything you can to prepare in advance, this day will inevitably require a good deal of hard work on your part. So eat a good breakfast and dress for the job at hand! Don’t forget to take note of your utility meter readings, and carefully review your moving contract and any other applicable paperwork.
Step 13: Say farewell
After everything is packed in the moving truck, do a thorough walkthrough of the inside and outside of your home. This may be a little emotional as you remember the good times you’ve had there, but just remember, there are many happy memories yet to be made.
Good luck with your move and best wishes for a happy life in your new home!
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