Whether it’s your first move or your fifth move, the process of packing up all of your belongings and moving them safely to your new home can be stressful. There are so many things to think of ahead of time; plus, knowing how much physical labor involved in moving can feel daunting.
That’s why we’ve come up with a helpful moving checklist to make the moving process a little less stressful. If you can start at least 8 weeks in advance, your actual moving day will be almost stress-free!
We hope this moving checklist helps you plan a smooth and easy move. In order to help out even more we have done a lot of hard work for you by turning this checklist into a PDF which you can download and print out so you can get going even quicker. You will find the download link for that checklist at the end of this post!
8 Weeks Before Moving: Planning the Move
So, you’re about two months away from moving into your next home, but the big day is going to arrive faster than you think.
Now is the time to start researching and planning bigger logistics, like:
- Moving companies – Is your current place huge or filled with large items? Are you moving with children or elderly relatives? It’s a good idea to look into moving companies that offer the services you need to help you and your family out.
- Schools, daycare, and jobs – If you have children, set aside time to look into the school districts or daycare in the area you’re moving to. Gather your children’s school records from their current school so you’re prepared for their transfer. If you or your significant other don’t already have a new job in your new city, now is a great time to begin your search.
- Doctors, Banks, and Insurance – If you’re relocating to another, research these topics, like finding a new doctor, so you aren’t blindsided two months down the road.
You can also begin deciding what items will make it in the move and “dejunk” your home. Begin with clothes, then move to books, CDs/records, kitchen items, and others. You can even earn a few bucks by purging your items by hosting a yard sale or using apps like OfferUp or LetGo (just make sure to use caution when selling items online).
It’s also important to give your employers a decent amount of notice if you’re leaving your current position or are requesting a week of off work for your move.
6 Weeks Before Moving: Gathering the Details
You’ve got the major things figured out by this point, so now it’s time to worry about some details. Here are a few of the most important tips to follow at this point:
- Keep yourself organized – If you’re tech-savvy, use a spreadsheet and create a folder on your computer to keep receipts, files, and notes in one place. Another option is to have a binder full of items that have to do with your move.
- Figure out places that need to know your new address – Keep note of the places you’ll need to notify about your address change, such as the DMV or Department of Transportation, your employers, and insurance companies.
- Order the supplies you’ll need to move – This includes boxes, tape, bubble wrap, blankets, and any other useful supplies to help you move fragile items.
- Donate items to your local Goodwill – For any items you didn’t sell but aren’t keeping, take them to the Goodwill and make room in your home for packing boxes.
- Take inventory of your home – With less items in your house at this point, go into each room and write down all the items to move and estimated boxes you think you’ll have. Having these notes will give you a bird’s eye view of your home and all the items being moved, so it’s less likely you’ll lose track of things.
You’ll also want to start preparing for physically moving your items. If you’re considering working with a moving company, they may need to do an in-home estimate. To make sure your larger items will fit in your new place, make sure to measure items.
4 Weeks Before Moving: Start Packing
The pre-move panic might be starting to creep in since you’re now four weeks out, but now it’s time to pack!
If you haven’t chosen a mover already, make sure you’ve booked the company you want. It’s also time to take care of the other details you researched a few weeks ago, such as filling out your Change of Address form for the Post Office.
Before packing, make sure you have a system, whether it’s color-coding rooms or creating a shorthand code and a master list for this system.
Here are a few things you can begin packing one month before you move:
- Seasonal gear or infrequently used items – If you haven’t already, pack up any items that are more seasonally-used, such as camping or swimming gear or winter clothes.
- Your office or spare bedroom – Unless you’ll be hosting guests right before you move, this is an easy room to pack up ahead of time.
- Entertainment items – If you have a lot of books, DVDs, or CDs/records, this may take a while so it’s best to start early.
- Sentimental family items – Since you’ll want to take extra care with packing and transporting sentimental items, use this time to carefully pack these items.
You should also come up with a room-by-room packing schedule and assign tasks to others who can help you out. Pack things one room or area at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed.
2 Weeks Before Moving: Stay Organized
You’ve got two weeks left, and while you’re definitely under the wire, everything will get done. At this point, the most important thing is to pack up your house. Use this time to double-check how you’re labeling boxes and make sure your master list includes every single box.
Since you’re hopefully almost done with packing, you can begin taking care of the smaller things that may slip through the cracks. Change your address for anything you have a mail subscription (newspapers, subscription boxes, grocery delivery, or mail-order prescriptions). If you don’t use mail-order prescriptions, make sure you have extra medication on hand for the next few weeks in case anything gets lost.
A few specific moving tips for this point in time:
- Clean out appliances – If you’re moving appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, or dryers, clean them out and get them ready for moving or for selling (if you’re buying new appliances for your new place).
- Compile all records into one place – Similar to keeping track of moving-related records, make sure you know where your and your family’s important records are, including medical records, identification documents, and bank statements.
- Contact cable/internet company and other utilities – Let your internet or cable company know you’re moving so you can be set up at your new place as soon as you move in. Electric, water, trash, and other utilities need to know, too, otherwise, you might get a surprise bill a month down the road for a place you no longer reside at.
1 Week Before Moving: Double-Checking Everything
This is it, you’re in the home stretch! You’re ready to start the physical moving process.
In the days leading up to the move, pack up an “essentials kit” with about two weeks’ worth of clothing and other toiletries in a suitcase.
Walk through the house and make sure everything is accounted for, packed up, and ready to be moved. Talk to your movers one more time before the big day so everyone is on the same page with timing. Contact any trash removal services if you’re disposing of larger items.
Here are a few other items you can save to pack until the day before or morning of (or not pack at all):
- Bedding (pillows, sheets, and blankets) – You want to make sure you get a good night’s rest in the days leading up to moving. Bedding is light and easy to pack quickly morning-of moving day.
- Bathroom supplies – Toiletries will likely be the last few things you pack on the day of, so set aside a small box in the bathroom ahead of time and fill it with your items once you’ve used them that morning.
- Laptop and internet modem – Since you will probably be using these items up until you’re moving, you’ll likely not even pack them. But, don’t lose track of these! Entrust them with a friend or family member.
Moving Day: It’s Here!
Finally, the day you’ve been planning for — moving day!
Wake up early to get your day started and don’t forget to eat breakfast. If you’re working with movers, make sure to go through the inventory list with them and sign documents, as well as confirming payment.
Once you’ve moved everything, take a few minutes to breathe and relax, and most importantly, enjoy your new space. Moving takes a lot of work, but it’s always worth it when you get to start a new adventure.If you need help with your move we are here to make it a breeze! Head over to HireHomeTeam.com to get a free estimate on your move.