When it comes to moving, good organization is the difference between success and failure.
Even if you’re already an organizer, you might still feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks you have to complete before moving day — unless you find a way that is magical..
Here’s a moving timeline that may do the trick. It will help you organize your time, prioritize your tasks, track your progress, and reduce moving stress. What’s more, you’ll never forget anything important, because your week-by-week moving checklist will remind you of what to do every single day until moving day.
Eight weeks before moving day
Organizing a trouble-free relocation requires about two months of careful planning and hard work. So, start your moving preparations about eight weeks before the big day:
- I will assume you have your New home already under contract or a Rental agreement in Place.
- Inventory your items and decide what you’re going to take to your new home. Its time to get rid of unwanted items or furniture that you do not plan to use in your new location.
- Research your moving options and decide if you’re going to move on your own or use professional movers..
Six weeks before moving day
- Contact a few moving companies and request an in-house estimate of your relocation costs. If you’ve decided on a DIY move, contact several truck rental companies and compare their rates and conditions.
- Review your budget to allow for the move.
- Notify People and institutions of your move: your landlord (if you’re a renter), employer, family physician, children’s school (if applicable), and bank, for starters.
- Start looking for a health provider and a good school for your kids in your new city.
- Schedule your move and book your chosen moving company (or book a rental truck for the day of your move).
Four weeks before moving day
- Request copies of your and your family’s medical records and your children’s school records.
- Take your pet to the vet for a complete checkup and get all the necessary papers: vaccination records, health certificates, etc.
- Get rid of items that you will not be taking to your new home.. Plan a moving sale, sell items online, donate them to charity, or give them away to relatives and friends.
- Obtain Packing material and start packing the items not needed daily before moving day. Make sure you don’t pack any items the movers will not allow..
- Cancel subscriptions to delivery services and memberships to clubs and organizations if they are out of your move area..
Two weeks before moving day
- If you’re driving to your new home, have your car serviced to make sure your road trip will go as smoothly as possible. If you’re flying to your new location, book your ticket and find a trustworthy auto transporter to ship your car.
- Change your address with the United States Postal Service.
- Transfer utilities — arrange for services in your old home to be disconnected the day after your move. Contact service providers in your new location to have utilities running in your new home on move-in day.
- Reserve a parking place for the moving truck (directly in front of the entrance to your home) and an elevator for the time of your move (if needed.).
One week before moving day
- Contact your moving company and confirm that everything is going according to plan.
- Say your goodbyes — spend some quality time with your closest friends, visit your favorite places in town, etc.
- Check on your packing progress. Most of your belongings should be packed up and labeled by this point.
- Label boxes that contains all the essentials you’re going to need as soon as you arrive in your new home. Open me First or Kitchen for instance.
- Plan to Hire a sitter to look after your children and/or pets on moving day (if necessary).
- Check if you’ve paid all the bills, picked up your clothes from the dry cleaners, returned library books and borrowed items, etc.
Two days before moving day
- Finish packing — leave out only a few items you can’t do without during the last couple of days in your old home, and the cleaning supplies you’re going to need to clean the place before leaving it for the last time.
- Defrost and clean your fridge and get all your household appliances ready to move — empty them, clean them, and make sure they’re fully dry and safely wrapped for the move.
- Prepare large furniture pieces and pack them for shipment.
- Make sure you have all valuables and important documents with you.
- Have a good night’s rest and get up early in the morning to have enough time for last-minute moving projects.
- Double-check your home for forgotten items.
- Meet your hired movers and provide them with all the information they need to do a quick and efficient move.
- Keep kids and pets away from move day. Take them to the sitter.
- Carefully read all the paperwork you need to sign.
- Have some refreshments handy for your movers and have some cash ready to tip them if you’re satisfied with a job well done..
- Give the truck driver your exact new address and your phone number.
- Clean your old home, lock it , and bid it farewell. The time has come to set foot on the road to new beginnings!
Even though most moving tasks are common for all moves, you can change them to meet your personal needs and requirements. Certain aspects of your move will be unique and will require a different approach, so personalize this moving timeline checklist and make it work for you.
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