Whether you have a lot of time before your move or just a short while, planning ahead is important. To ensure a successful move, you should start planning as far ahead as you can. Being prepared for your move is essential to ensuring a smooth transition. Below, we’ve provided you with a timetable to help you keep your move on schedule.
Three Weeks Before Your Move
Three weeks before your move you’ll need to make a few lists. Your first list should be all the supplies for your move. These supplies include
- Newspaper or bubble wrap
- Packing tape
- Garbage bags (the heavy-duty outdoor ones)
- First aid kit (including aspirin and tums)
- Straps, tie downs and moving blankets (unless using a moving company)
The second list should consist of friends and family you plan to ask for help. Whether they’re available to help you pack before the move or on moving day, the more help you can get, the easier your move will be. This second list can also help you decide if you’re going to hire movers or if you need to rent a moving truck or trailer.
As you begin to look over your belongings, it’s helpful for you to set aside items you no longer want or use. Try selling some of these items in a garage sale or online. This will not only lighten your moving load, but it will also put a little extra cash in your pocket.
Two and a Half Weeks Before Your Move
At this point, time is still on your side. Whether you’re hiring a moving company or renting a truck, now’s the time to make reservations for the day of your move. Check around with multiple rental companies and movers in your area in order to compare prices and get the best value.
You should also begin gathering the supplies you have on your list. Once you’ve acquired all of the items, you’re ready to officially start your move. Starting with the least commonly used rooms in your home, begin putting all of your non-essential items in boxes. Make sure you label the boxes according to the room they’re in. Pack as much as possible now; some everyday items will have to be left until right before moving day.
Two Weeks Before Your Move
It’s important to notify service companies and the post office of your new address. Many of these companies require at least 10 business days to change your address, so starting now is key. Here’s a list of the places you’ll need to change your address:
- Cable, Internet and phone provider
- Electricity and gas provider
- Water and sewage service provider
- Insurance provider (auto, home, health, life)
- Banks and credit card companies
- Lawn care, landscaping and snow removal providers
- Alarm company
- Your children’s school
- Your place of employment
You’ll also need to go to your local post office for mail forwarding services, and you’ll need to visit the DMV or Secretary of State in order to change the address on your driver’s license and your voter’s registration information.
10 Days Before Your Move
At this point in your move, you should begin to break down and disassemble larger pieces of furniture such as beds, bookcases and desks. This step will make moving day much easier and less time-consuming. Before you disassemble these items, make sure you take pictures of them, especially if you don’t have the manuals. It’s also crucial for you to keep all of the screws and other necessary hardware from your furniture. Put the hardware into a Ziploc bag and tape the bag to the furniture it came from.
Two Days Out from Your Move
Confirm your reservations with your moving company or your truck rental service to be sure they’ll be on schedule for your moving day. Also, plan out the routes you’ll take on moving day. You should have two routes in mind: the shortest route, and a back-up route in case of heavy traffic or accidents. Make sure everyone who’s helping you with your move is aware of these routes, and print out maps and directions if needed. Make reminder phone calls or text your helpers so moving day runs smoothly.
One Day Before Your Move
It’s crunch time. Wrap up all of your loose odds and ends. Everything should now be in boxes or ready to be placed on a truck and moved. If you’re renting a moving truck, it’s helpful to pick up the truck the night before moving day. Most importantly, get some sleep. You have a long few days ahead of you, and a good night’s rest will better prepare you for the stress moving can bring.
Break up your helpers into groups and have each group handle one room at a time. You should have one person in the truck at all times to help arrange the items in a way that will maximize the available space in the truck. They should ensure that you pack larger items, such as couches and mattresses, toward the front of the truck and that more essential items are toward the back so you have easier access to them during your move.
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