Moving can be very stressful. Not only are there a lot of financial and practical issues that come along with the daunting task of changing homes, but it can also have surprisingly strong emotional impact. Most of us don't move that often and as such, we usually have a lot of memories and experiences related to the home that we are now leaving. Having said that, moving is also an adventure; an opportunity to start off fresh, to begin somewhere new – and to clean out all those unnecessary items that you have collected over the years and never used…
Here is a checklist that will help you feeling less overwhelmed and more organized for your move:
Two Months Before Moving Day
- Decide if you will manage the move yourself or hire a moving company. Book a truck if you’re moving by yourself. If you’re hiring a moving company, get quotas from a few places and read reviews online to ensure you won’t have to deal with unprofessional companies.
- Go through your home and start thinking about what you will bring with you and what you will sell/give away/throw out.
- Start packing items that you want to bring but really don’t need for the coming couple of months (such as seasonal clothing, books, fine china etc). It will reduce the workload later on.
- If you’re selling items (i.e. anything that is not furniture), start looking into where to sell them. It could be Craigslist, local markets, antique shops…
- If you want to give things away, look into organizations that may benefit from them. Some suggestions are local schools, Habitat for Humanity, lo
cal churches, or Purple Heart Donations. Here is a great list of organizations that receive clothes, for example.
- If you are selling a home, start repairing and fixing up the items on the home inspection list. Even the smallest of repairs can add up and take more time than expected. If you’re going to need professional help by e.g. electricians or plumbers, you need to hire them, as their schedulestend to fill up. Don’t forget to keep receipts of everything that you do.
One Month Before Moving Day
- Pack. If you haven’t started yet, you should definitely start by now. Depending on the size of your home, you should try to pack at least a box a day.
- Change magazine subscriptions; notify organizations that you’re a member/customer with your moving date and new address.
- If you are planning on selling furniture, it’s time to start looking into that.
- Find out where you can park if you’re moving into an apartment building or to a house without off-curb parking.
Two Weeks Before Moving Day
- Change your address at www.moversguide.usps.com
- Stop or transfer utilities.
- Do you have kids or pets that need a sitter on moving day? If yes, arrange for a sitter.
- It’s time to really speed up the packing process. Don’t forget to organize the boxes so that it’s easy to unpack once you’re in your newhome! It’s a good idea to either write the box’s contents directly on the box; or number each box and keep a list of what each numbered box contains.
One Week Before Moving Day
- Change your driver’s license address as well as your insurance cards and pharmacy in case you have any prescriptions.
- Confirm date and time of the move if you’re hiring a moving company.
- Finish up the packing and make sure to keep just the necessities unpacked.
- Empty the fridge and freezer and clean it out. You are not obliged to do this, but nobody likes to move in and find someone else’s old food leftovers in there.
- If you’re using a mover, bring your most valuable things yourself and if you can, be there when the mover comes to pick up everything else. Ensure that you have enough cash to properly tip the movers.
- Vacuum or sweep up, take a final look around the house and ensure you didn't forget anything.