Moving can be stressful, regardless of whether you’re moving to another state or across the street. It’s essential to start preparing for your move early. You don’t want to scramble to get ready at the last minute. Use this moving checklist to get a head start.
Two months before your moving date
Organized moves are more manageable. Start by decluttering your home. Go through every room of your house and decide what you'd like to keep. Think about whether any items require special packing or extra insurance coverage. Sort your possessions into four categories: keep, donate, sell, and purge.
Here are some other items to tackle at the two-month mark:
- Make an inventory and a packing list. You can create a binder or a shared Google doc. To accomplish this.
- Research and schedule your professional movers
- Enroll children in school
- Transfer medical and vet records
- Notify necessary parties, and change your address with the post office
One month before your moving date
Consult your moving checklist or moving binder, and evaluate your next steps. Start by scheduling your utility stop and start dates. Make sure you request time off from work and make any necessary travel arrangements.
Other tasks to work on at the one-month mark:
- Collect or order packing supplies
- Start packing early- label, label, label
- Save your important files and photos to the cloud or an external hard drive.
Two weeks before your moving date
Two weeks before your move, determine the essentials, and keep them handy. Be sure to leave out some key items that could come in handy for the big day, such as a rolling dolly, tools, a utility knife, packing tape, cleaning supplies, permanent markers and measuring tape.
- Winterize or prepare outdoor items for the move
- Contact movers again
- Tune-up your car
- Refill prescriptions
One week before the move
- Create an essentials bag with a few changes of clothes
- Clean out the refrigerator
- Deep clean your space
- Prepare your children for the move
- Get a cash tip for the movers
- Verify the schedule with the movers
On moving day
You must be available to facilitate the move on your moving day. There are many moving parts, and you want to ensure that all your belongings are packed and handled properly. You’ll also want to ensure that the movers have space to get all items onto the moving truck.
Finally, ensure that you:
- Check and sign all documents
- Do a final walkthrough
- Before the movers leave, sign the bill of loading/inventory list and keep a copy
- Tip your movers
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