Moving is a stressful situation! With that in mind, it’s important to be as organized as possible! Organizing for your move will save a ton of additional headaches, and prepare you for your upcoming move. No matter if you are planning a simple local move, or a huge long-distance move, you’ll want to make sure you are prepared, and ready for the move.
6 Weeks Prior to Your Move
Prior to scheduling your move, you should put together a checklist of items that you plan to move. Along with items you want to keep, you’ll also want to make a list of items that you plan on throwing away, selling, or otherwise not moving with you. If you plan to pack all of your items yourself, you’ll want to buy enough packing supplies to handle all of your moveable items. If you know the setup of your new home, you may also want to plan on where you’ll put all of your items during the move. This will create less work for yourself as your movers can place your items exactly where you want them. At this time, you’ll want to start researching the neighborhood! You can look up banks, schools, parks and other important day-to-day locations you may use. Finally, you can also update your information with the IRS, and notify USPS of your address change to start forwarding mail and important documents.
3 Weeks Before Your Move
About 3 weeks before your move, you should plan to return any items that you have borrowed. This includes library books, tools from friends, or anything else that you may not be able to easily get back to the owner after your move. You will also want to start devising a plan for your hazardous materials. Most moving companies are not legally allowed to carry hazardous materials, and it’s best to take care of these prior to your move date. Now is also a great time to start reaching out to your utility services. It’ll be important to call your electric, telephone, cable, and gas company to update them on your moving situation. Don’t forget to call the new utility companies to let them know about your move-in date!
1 Week Before Your Move
By now you should have a checklist ready, your utilities prepared, and all items returned to their original owner, with most of your items packed. Now we recommend planning for your post-move clean-up. We recommend cleaning rooms now to save time on your move day. Many apartments and rentals will charge you a cleaning fee, and trying to do this during your move can be problematic and not very time efficient.
1 Day Before Your Move
We experience the most amount of issues on the move date. This is why we recommend planning for your move day. Prior to your move day, you should ensure that your movers will be available and on time as promised. You should also plan to have your payment method handy, and an actual game plan on how you want to move. Knowing where your items will be going on the unloading part will allow the movers to properly plan and pack for your unload. You’ll want to do one final walk-through of your items prior to your move day, and ensure that all items are ready to go and labeled properly.
If you followed the above advice, moving day should be an absolute breeze! On moving day, you’ll want to make sure the movers have easy access to your home and are able to park closer to your doors. This will save time and back pain! Make sure you review the plan of action with your movers and be sure to give them any special instructions or accommodations you may need. Once at your unload address, you can start to unpack your daily used items, while the movers finish unloading.
Getting ready for a successful move is not a small task! However, if you plan, organize, and schedule you should have a very easy move! Using checklists, and planning ahead will save you tons of time, and in some cases, tons of money! Last, and not least, make sure your movers are licensed, bonded and insured!
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