Moving can be a daunting task. It is not only physical, but it is also mentally exhausting and stressful. When you are packing all of your belongings into boxes to move across the country or even just down the street, there is a lot that goes into it. The following post will provide you with a detailed list of what you need to do before moving day and what to expect on moving day itself. Hopefully, this will help make your next move much less stressful!
8 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING DAY:
1. Decide on a date and time to move.
It will be much easier to make moving arrangements if you have an exact date when planning to move. Make sure not to schedule your movers for the same day/time as any other large or important events such as interviews, weddings, or other big parties! The more flexibility you have with your moving date, the better.
2. Acquire a storage unit and book a moving company.
Did you know that many cities and states allow you to rent out mini storage units and hire a mover for affordable prices? A handy and detailed moving checklist at MovingAstute.com website can help you to make you move smoothly ad hassle free. These can be useful for storing items from your basement or attic while they are not in use. This will help reduce clutter around your home as well.
3. Check your credit report and correct any incorrect information
This may seem like a daunting task, but you need to make sure that all of the information on your credit report is accurate before applying for any new lines of credit or loans to avoid any issues down the road. You may also want to consider getting a credit freeze if you think that anyone will be stealing your identity for any reason.
4. Have your Vehicle checked out by a mechanic.
If you plan on driving a moving truck and using a moving van, it is important to make sure that your car is in good condition and that any necessary repairs have been made.
6 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING DAY:
1. Find a place for your pets.
If you plan on moving with any of your pets, you will have to make arrangements for them during the move. Many companies specialize in pet care, and there is also an option to leave them at a relative or friend’s house during the move.
2. Clean your entire house from top to bottom.
If you are planning on selling your home and need the buyers to be impressed, everything in your house must look as clean as possible before you sell it. This includes cleaning all of the walls (windows included). Be sure to take inventory of anything that might need to be replaced or repaired before listing it.
3. Notify utility companies about the move.
If you plan to move into a new home, you may need to notify utility companies such as telephone, cable, and satellite providers. It is important to do this so that they can make the necessary adjustments for you.
4. Take inventory of any valuable items that you own.
When taking inventory of your belongings, be sure to note the serial numbers for any electronics and include pictures of any high-priced items such as jewelry or artwork that are insured. Try to get all of this information down on a spreadsheet so that it is easily accessible.
4 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING DAY:
1. Start packing!
Begin to pack boxes for your kitchen, bathroom, and other frequently used items first. If you have a big electronic or computer system, you will probably want to make sure that the appropriate equipment is disconnected from the wall before moving the boxes. Keep in mind that if you are renting a vehicle, you may not be allowed to make modifications to the vehicle’s interior, and you will want to pack any fragile items so that they can withstand some mild bumps.
2. Clean all of your glassware and dishes.
If you are moving into a new home or apartment, it is important to clean all of your dishes and glassware before you put them into the new home. This will ensure that the new renters are not faced with an overwhelming amount of cleaning at first. If you plan to sell your home, it is important to note that buyers often find this a turn-off when viewing a house for purchasing.
3. Begin to label all of your boxes.
Be sure that you label everything on the outside of the box to find what is inside easily. If possible, have a mix of different colored tapes and labels to make it easy for other volunteers to assist with moving day. You will also want to be sure that there are no oversized boxes so that it will be easy for you to load and unload them onto the truck.
4. Contact your insurance company and notify them of your move date(s)
If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, be sure to contact your agent so that they can make any necessary adjustments for the upcoming move. Also, remember to provide valid contact information if they need to contact you about any last-minute changes.
5. Schedule a moving day for friends and family.
If you have a big move, it could be helpful to ask family members and friends if they are willing to help out on moving day instead of learning how to move or spending money on outside movers. This is also a great way for them to bond with the family members that they help. If you are moving a long distance, then it will probably be helpful for them to know about your move order so that your items do not arrive all at once.
6. Start to organize all of your papers.
If you have important information such as insurance policies, credit card numbers, or driver’s license numbers, then it is advised that you store them in a secure place. You do not want to be moving all of your items and then have someone break into your home and steal them while you are away.
2 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING DAY:
1. Contact your bank and set up an automatic transfer from your old account to the new one(s).
If you are selling a home, you must notify your bank of the upcoming move to avoid overdraft charges. You should also contact them if you have any savings and investments to locate where your money will go after the move.
2. Plan out a game plan for moving day.
If you have family members or friends assisting with the move, then it would be helpful for them to know what their role is on moving day so there will not be any confusion during the day of the move. You will also want to be sure that you have all of your boxes/trash bags and labels ready so that they can easily find what they are going to pack while helping you out.
3. Clear out any extra items from your home.
Now is a good time to start clearing out items you do not want to take with you. When it comes to items you do not want, be sure to donate them if they are still usable and do not have a lot of wear. If the items are unusable, it is best to toss or recycle them properly to avoid wasting your move day.
Moving Day Checklist:
1. Get up early and eat a good breakfast.
The day of the move will probably be the most stressful time for your family, so you want to make sure that you are in tip-top shape by eating a good breakfast before leaving for work or school. You will also probably still have a lot of work that needs to be finished before you leave for the day, so this will give you some time to take care of it. It is also good to pack up any necessary items from work or school, such as notes and computer files that you need to complete your tasks.
2. Continue to pack up items from home.
If you have not already packed up all of your belongings, then this is when you will want to start loading them into boxes and labeling them so that they are easy to find in the truck on moving day. It would help if you continued to clean out any more things from your home that you do not want to take.
3. Make sure that there is a designated driver for the day of the move.
Be sure that the driver you choose is sober, responsible, and a good driver. If they have any experience in moving vehicles before then, this will also be advantageous for them when driving your vehicle to your new home or place of residence.
4. Wash and load the last of your dishes.
If you have any dirty dishes or food that needs to be put away, then this is when you should wash them and pack them into boxes, so they are organized. Make sure not to leave dirty dishes in the sink because they can attract bugs and rodents into your home after you move.
5. Lock up your home.
If there are any valuables such as jewelry or cash left behind, then make sure that it is locked away in a closet and out of sight to keep it from being stolen. Be sure to check all doors and windows before leaving out so that they are locked tight as well.