Preparing To Move

Preparing To Move

Let's talk about preparing to move. We have already covered preparing your home to be sold, hiring a realtor, and doing all those things but now we're going to talk about preparing to move. This is a good long list, but it's a good timeline to give you an idea of what to do when ahead of time.

Moving's normally pretty stressful and it almost always takes longer to complete packing and things. It just takes longer than you think it's going to and your supplies run out faster than you expect. You look at all your stuff and you say, oh, I need this much stuff but you never have enough to do the packing or the moving. We just have to do a little more planning. The key to a successful move and to a lot of things is preparation. Breaking down the process into smaller tasks that are more manageable will help with the process of relocating for sure.

8 Weeks

This moving timeline that I'm going to give you illustrates how to prepare for a move so that you can plan ahead and stay organized as moving day approaches. We're going to start with eight weeks out. That's two whole months. Let's face it, if you're planning on moving, you're probably thinking about it at least two months out anyway in most cases. The first thing that you can do is create a physical folder or a digital folder, if you like to do things on computers, some people do. You're going to create files for all the moving-related research and documentation, including your moving checklist if you make one.

This is also a good time to collect the documents you're going to need for financing, for closing when the closing time comes, utilities, things like that, that are just part of the moving and buying and selling of a home. It's a good time to research professional movers if you don't want to move your own things and schedule in-home estimates for several relocation companies. It's a good idea to get more than one estimate. Make sure to get the prices in writing and have the company include costs for moving large items such as pool tables and pianos. Do they charge by the hour? How many movers do you get? Can you pick? What are the mileage charges? Pretty much all have mileage charges.

I prefer three movers myself because while two people are carrying the furniture, another person is working on stacking up the boxes and putting them on a dolly, and bringing them out. I feel like three is the most efficient when I have people move my stuff. If you're going to move your own things, you're going to want to research, moving truck rental prices and make the reservation, of course. It would be terrible to have moving day come along and you didn't make the preservation.

You want to research how to pack for a move. That's a good thing to research. Properly packaging your belongings in boxes is important for efficiency and for item protection. Properly packing a moving truck is an art. Not everyone can do it. Maybe do a little research on how do I pack up that moving truck because there's a lot of room in there and we rarely use whole the room that's in there. If you're moving a long distance, start tailoring your checklist for moving out of state or out of the country. Plan your route and book hotels as needed. Remember we're still eight weeks out, okay?

Take inventory of all of your household goods that will be moved to the new home. It's also a good time to record serial numbers of your valuables. Begin to purge items from that list. Decide what you will sell, what you'll donate, and what you'll throw away. Start a list of the packing supplies you'll need, such as the number of mattress bags, TV boxes, moving blankets, and tape. Also, consider what size and sturdiness of boxes you need because they do have different options. Some boxes are good for towels and some are good for books.

You will want to make preparations for shipping your vehicle if applicable. Create a budget for all moving-related expenses, leaving some wiggle room for unexpected costs because there's always unexpected costs. That's your eight weeks out.

6 Weeks

Here we are now at six weeks. You've had two weeks to do all that stuff. Six weeks out, we're going to start using up the contents of your pantry, your refrigerator, and your freezer. This will be easier than moving all those perishable items to a new residence. You've probably been there on moving day, you're throwing all your stuff into a cooler or trash bag or whatever and trying to get it there as quickly as possible so it stays good. It happens to the best of us but if we can use most of that stuff in the meantime, that's even better. We don't have so much stuff to bring with us and put in coolers. I don't have coolers that big. I try to use the stuff up.

We can donate anything that doesn't sell or is not usable. Transfer your children's academic record to their new school. That's important. Find a new doctor or dentist and transfer your medical records to their office. Don't forget your pets. Find a new veterinarian and have their records transferred as well.

You're going to need to determine the number of packing and moving supplies you'll need. Moving kits can be purchased. They're a good starting point because they come with a little bit of everything. You can find a moving calculator online that can help you determine how many of each thing you need. Those are very useful. That's the six weeks out.

4 Weeks

Now we're at four weeks. We've already done a whole month of work. The important thing is you continue to pack. Packing takes a minute, so keep packing! Lock in the dates for your rental truck or moving company because you should have already decided by now which you are using. Request time off from work for moving day. Confirm the timeline for your movers and arrange for them to come over two days prior to moving if they are packing for you. They're not going to pack for you on moving day. Make sure that they come over and pack two or three days ahead of time so that on moving day it's all ready to go.

Then you're going to get moving boxes, a packing tape dispenser, and plenty of packing tape and other supplies if you're doing it yourself. A packing tape dispenser is magical. You know that funny-looking thing with a big handle? Packing tape dispenser, it's a must. Whatever it costs, it's worth it. Makes it a lot faster. Pace yourself though and start packing things you won't need right away. Pack out-of-season clothing into wardrobe boxes. Pack files into file boxes. Protect special-occasion China with packing foam, et cetera. Or, to save on packing supplies, you may pack breakables inside extra blankets or towels.

Establish a labeling system for each box such as color-coded to easily identify where each box should be placed in the new home. This can be done by simply placing a long piece of duct tape on the box corners. They have different color, different patterns on duct tape nowadays. You can just get one different one for each room. Put it on the corners of all the box, like two corners opposite each other. We always write on top of the boxes what room it's going to or what's in it but when they're stacked on top of each other, so you don't know what it is or where it's going. Put tape on the side corners and then we'll easily identify that's what room it goes to.

Fill out a change of address card at the post office. Don't forget about your mail. You can do it online now so it makes it much easier. How about notifying your friends and family and the bank and your insurance of your new address? I'm assuming you know your new address by now. Schedule time with friends and family if you're moving far away or maybe schedule time with them anyway because you're going to be so busy packing and unpacking, you won't have much time for them.

Pre-order appliances, furniture, and other goods needed for the new home. The new home you're moving to may not have a refrigerator or a washer and dryer, and don't forget to make copies of important papers like birth certificates, passports, health records, et cetera.

3 Weeks

Now we're all the way to three weeks out. Can you believe how much work we've done so far? Continue to pack. Do some packing even if it's only one box a day. You're probably tired of looking at boxes and stuff, but this is your stuff and you've accumulated, so now you have to pack it.

Arrange to have the utilities disconnected after your move. We don't want that to keep going. Have it disconnected. Schedule utility connections at your new residence because you're going to need it there. Arrange for a babysitter or a pet sitter on moving day if you need one. How about confirm the availability of friends or family on moving day? Could always use that help. Make sure they're available three weeks out. Make sure they're available so they can't come moving day say, "Oh no, sorry, I'm busy."

2 Weeks

Two weeks out now. Make arrangements to move plants and pets.

Get rid of items prohibited from the moving vans such as gasoline and propane. Make an arrangement for their transport, though. You might put it in your own car for way there. You're going to cancel services such as cleaning, lawn care, pest control, those things that always go to that same house or you're going to move them over to your new address. Find new services for your new address, or move the old ones to your new address. Bring your car in for a tune-up so it's in tip-top shape especially if you're moving to a different climate or driving a long distance.

1 Week

Hey, we're one week out now. We're getting so close to moving day. Finish packing. You should be completely packed before moving day with a bag or two of moving week essentials, your go bags. Gather all keys for your door locks. Take note of where your valuables are packed so that the back boxes are easy to find when you start unpacking. Valuables, you should always have an eye on them.

Make sure you have enough medication to last through the move. It may be even a few days after you get there. Clean your old place or hire someone to do it. At this point, you're probably just exhausted from all the packing. You're probably going to have somebody clean for you, but it's all up to you. Prepare a plastic storage bin in advance for moving day. The kit should contain things you may need after the moving truck is loaded or before it's unloaded at the new place like cleaning supplies and toilet paper.

Moving Day

Guess what, it's moving day and it is time to assemble your moving day bag or box or both. Check with your movers. Make sure they're coming, clear a space to park the moving truck. Get out of the way so they can do their job. You're going to clear the pathways out of your home for the moving process. Make sure they have a path to get to everything. Take photos of your old home to document its condition when you leave. That's a great idea if you think about it because you will be busy. Contain your pets in a safe place while the items are being moved. Now you move.

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