Congratulations! You have found the perfect place, and now your countdown to Moving Day begins. Moving is never easy, but having a checklist can help make that process easier. Our goal is to make this process as stress free as possible for you so we’ve put together some tips on what to take care of in the two months leading up to Moving Day.
Two Months Before Moving Day:
- Keep, donate, and let go. Sort through items room-by-room and decided what you should keep, what items to donate, and what you can get rid of. Think about items that may require extra attention or special arrangements to move, such as a piano.
- Keeping it together. Put together a folder or binder to help you keep track of all your moving estimates, receipts, and an inventory of the items you are moving. Having all of this information together will help avoid last minute searching for a phone number or contact that may or may not have gotten packed away.
- Do your research. Start to ask friends and family members for referrals on moving companies. When getting quotes, be sure to have on-site estimates in writing. That way there are no surprise fees popping up on Moving Day.
- Request school records. Head over to your children's school office and request their records be transferred over to the new school district. This will give the schools sending and receiving enough time to have all the records transferred and uploaded into the new school's system.
Six Weeks Before Moving Day:
- Gather your supplies. Start picking up supplies such as boxes, bubble wrap, labels, tape, and markers. If you need any specialty containers such as wardrobe boxes, order those now.
- Take measurements. Measure your furniture and large items to be sure that they will fit through doorways, stairwells, or windows. This will help eliminate surprises while holding a heavy piece of furniture in the middle of the stairwell.
- Use it up. Now is the time to start using up items in your freezer and the last bit of cleaner left in the spray bottle.
One Month before Moving Day:
- Confirmations. Set the confirmations for date, time, and cost with your moving company, pet sitters, and moving volunteers.
- Packing. You can start packing up items that you don’t use on a regular basis; items such as your china, books, and off-season clothes. Make notes on items that may need special attention or of value that will need extra insurance when being moved.
- Label your boxes. Number or label your boxes by room and keep a list that corresponds to its label. This will help you keep track of where your belongings are at any given time.
- Valuables. Important papers, jewelry, and other valuables should be filed into a safe box that you transport yourself to your new home. Start a list of what items you want to pack in this box.
- We’ve moved! It’s time to head to your local post office or www.USPS.gov to fill out a change-of-address form. Also, ask a neighbor to watch for mail that may come through after you’ve moved. You can then check with them a week or two after for any mail that may have slipped through.
- Notifications. Create a list of banks, subscriptions, credit card companies, insurance, utility companies, and our employer’s HR departments that will need your change of address. Over the next couple of weeks you can start checking these off as you update them with your new address.
Two Weeks before Moving Day:
- Time off. Arrange to be off of work on Moving Day. Let your work know that you will be moving to your new home and need to have the day free of work and calls.
- Maintenance. If you’re moving to a new climate or a long distance away, take your car into your mechanic to have a tune up and be looked over for any necessary repairs.
- Deposit box. Visit your bank to remove the contents of your safe-deposit box and store them in a safe place until Moving Day.
One Week before Moving Day:
- Medicine. Stock up on any prescriptions you may need during the next couple of weeks.
- Essentials. Pack up the suitcases for your family with clothes for a few days, toiletries, and other essentials you will want to have easily accessible.
A Few Days Before:
- Defrost. If you’re taking your fridge with you, be sure to have it emptied, cleaned out, and defrosted at least 24 hours in advance of the move.
- Double-check. Confirm one last time with the moving company what time they will arrive and any specific details. Prepare written details and directions to your new home for the moving staff. Be sure to include your contact information in case the movers need to reach you.
- Payments. If you aren’t using a credit card, be sure to have checks, cash, or a money order ready to pay your movers the payment and a tip. Standard tip if the movers have done a good job is 10-15%. Keep in mind that refreshments are appreciated, especially on those hot days.
Hip Hip Hooray it’s Moving Day! You’ve made it and now it’s time to move into your new home. These are the final tips we have for your checklist as you get ready to load up the moving van…
- Verification. Verify that the moving truck that arrives is from the company you’ve hired. There is a USDOT number on the side of the truck that should match the number on your estimate.
- Take Inventory. Double check that you have all the boxes that were moved by the moving company, and that the bill and inventory list are both signed by the movers.
We hope these checklist tips will be helpful during the weeks leading up to your move. Please let us know how else we can help.
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