Moving can be stressful, especially if you wait until the last minute to plan. It’s important to hire professional movers or enlist the help of your family and friends well ahead of time. Before you move, you should make a moving checklist, so you can make sure that you are prepared and confident when moving day arrives. When creating a moving checklist, be aware that you should write it up in phases since there are different things you need to do, starting at least 6-8 weeks before the moving date.
6-8 weeks before the move
date is when you should start getting yourself and your belonging organized. Make a list of what needs to be done before the move. Start cataloguing your belongings, what you want to have moved, what you’re going to sell, give and throw away. If there are items you want to take with you that you think you won’t use or need before you move, start packing them now. If you haven’t already reserved a moving company, this is the time to do it. You want to give yourself and the moving company enough time to get everything organized and to reserve a moving date that is accommodating to all parties. If you have children, start getting their school and medical transfers and histories in order. Notify your bank, post office, work, different insurance companies, etc. of your address change. Start checking what else you need to change before you move. Things can get chaotic when packing up your house, so you may want to get a lock box or a safe place to put your valuables and important documents.
4-5 weeks before the move
You should start intensifying your packing. Finalize what you will be bringing with you and what you will be leaving behind. This is pretty much the last chance you have to decide whether you will need a moving company or whether you will be moving your belongings yourself. Even if you are moving your things yourself, you should contact different moving companies and start asking about costs and policies for renting a moving van. Start finalizing your change of address. Contact your utility companies, cable companies, get a change of address form from the post office, credit card companies, your friends, etc. and give them your new information.
2-3 weeks before your move
You should have a pretty good idea of what you will be moving. Make sure that your valuables are in a safe and secure place and have been itemized. If you are moving your car with an auto mover, finalize all the details. Even if you are driving your car to its new location, you should get it looked over to make sure everything is running OK. Finalize your moving reservations with the moving company. If any changes need to be made, now is the time to make them. Start cleaning out your house of anything you haven’t sold, given away, or packed. If you have pets, get their affairs in order. Make sure you have all your pets’ and, if you have children, medical documents in order. Make sure to return any borrowed books, and you might want check and make sure that you have picked up anything that was in a repair shop.
Be sure to check the weather forecast for your move-in day. If you live in a tropical area such asHonolulu, you may not want to move on a day when the weatherman is calling for a torrential downpour.
Moving day can be particularly hectic for children and pets, so be sure to make arrangements with baby sitters and friends whenever possible.