Moving Timeline for Planning Ahead
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Many people are not given a lot of notice when it comes to moving. The more time you have the better organized you will be. If you have less than 6 weeks push the items in week 6 to week four and week five to week three or week two. Try to accomplish something on the list every week even if it is ahead of schedule it is ok. It is the only way you will ever get done on time. Unlike most companies we can assist you nationwide and work with employers to help them save money on your move.
Six Weeks to Moving Day
- Download our free moving tip sheets, they will make moving much easier and organized.
- Call at least 3 moving companies for estimates. (We can do this for you and get 20% to 40% discounts with nationally known movers when using any of our services.)
- Contact your insurance agent if it is a national company, get referral names of agents at your new location for homeowners, auto etc...
- Buy a small accordion file folder that closes, this will hold all of your moving related paper work:
In it you should put important documents:
- Birth certificates
- Legal paperwork, wills, healthcare directives
- Insurance policies for home, auto and health
- Moving estimate paperwork for the mover that you choose or we choose for you
- Have your vehicle registration paperwork ready as well
- Mortgage info on old house for closing, paperwork for new house
- Check books and banking info
Anything you will need quickly at hand during or right after your move. This will keep you from digging thru boxes looking for things.
****You will want to keep receipts for anything you purchase for your move, food & travel receipts, pet carriers if you don't have them already, a record of tips for moving crews and driver. Any food or drinks you purchase to take care of your crew. Supplies for garage sale, supplies for packing if you do that yourself, tape, paper, bubble wrap, boxes, truck rental. These may be tax deductible. Also keep receipts form donations, as you can write off up to $5000 a year in household goods, that is separate from clothing donations.
- If moving yourself, reserve your moving truck now. Feel free to click on our menu of moving services that will assist you in a smoother move.
- If you will have the same health insurance request a provider directory for that area or go online and get the information you need to find new doctors under your plan. If not make sure you find a doctor or clinic that will be under your new insurer even if there is a waiting period, no need to change again. Choose one that is close to your new location until you can get your new plan taken care of at the other end.
- Sort and purge all areas of your home and get it organized, get any garage sale items ready this usually takes a couple of weeks to do, don't let it overwhelm you.
- Get on top of large to do projects around the house.
- Plan and price any contractor projects
Four Weeks to Moving Day
- Hold a garage sale (See Garage Sale tip Sheet) if you have a mind to
- Fill out change of address cards, packets are available at your local post office.
Make sure you notify all credit card companies, banks, investment companies, magazines, insurance agents, relatives and friends.
***To make change of address faster, put all addresses into computer and print out sheets of old address and new address labels. It is faster to affix these than do it all by hand. I also find once this is done it is great to have all of your family and friends addresses so you can do new labels for holiday cards and birthdays etc. and once in the computer it is much easier to update and maintain address books. Always make a back up of this information.
- If you are packing yourself start packing everything you do not need to use everyday. If your mover is packing they will schedule packing day with you a couple of days before the truck is scheduled to come.
- Make sure large projects such as deep cleaning, carpet cleaning, painting, repairs, yard work etc... are underway or you have hired some one to do them.
- Start limiting your grocery store purchases and clean out or eat up refrigerator and freezer food, and perishables. Make a list of things you need to replace as you use them so it is easier to shop for them upon arrival at your new location. You can move anything that won't spoil and is unopened. Never pack opened packages of food like flour, sugar, cereal, noodles, it draws bugs unless you are making a local move, then make sure they are properly closed. If it is something you want to take put it in an airtight container for packing. I pack all my spices into large Tupperware containers. They are expensive to replace and time consuming to make a list unless they are over a year old then they need to be replaced anyway.
Three Weeks to Moving Day
- If traveling with pets have what you need ready for them.
- Make a list of items you will need immediately upon arrival if we are not unpacking you, this is known as your "Pack Last/Open First" Boxes. I always include paper plates, plastic utensils, 1 skillet, 1small pot, plastic bowls, cereal in Tupperware container, dish rag and soap, towels, travel salt & pepper, bed linens, towels, wash clothes, toiletries, a few trash bags, qt. size zipper bags for storage of leftovers. These items will get you through the last couple of days in the old house and the first few days in your new house without having to find everything in the boxes, although the kitchen is the first thing I unpack totally.
- You of course need other things if you have pets,a few toys, food, dishes etc... you know what you need.
- Deal with any banking changes, signatures cars, transfers etc....
- Make sure you have gotten rid of everything you don't want. If you are packing yourself everything except clothes, daily items and essential kitchen, bath and laundry stuff should be packed.
Two Weeks to Moving Day
- If leaving a home vacant, on the market; Do NOt Tell your insurance company it is vacant, they will jack up your rates (higher risk) or cancel your policy.
- This is when you prep everything like draining gas from lawnmowers, empty and wash gas cans etc...if taking with you!
- Make calls to cancel, cut off or turn on any services you may need. utilities and services for your new location. Reinstate all things needed that you scheduled for cut off at your old address, cable, phone, find new service companies and make calls. If it is winter make sure you have enough oil or propane in tank if your home is on the market
- Schedule family members or friends you may need to help on moving day
- If you have a safety deposit box and your changing banks, now is a good time to empty it. By a fireproof safety box or small safe you can take with you or pack on truck. Also if you have hiding places for things in your home such as cash or jewelry in dresser drawers, freezers, now is a good time to gather all of that. You do not want to mistakenly throw out anything or leave it in drawers to move.
One Week to Moving Day
- Begin packing your luggage and boxes that will be going with you.(pack last things) Clothes, toiletries, extra contacts or glasses, travel kit with snacks, glasses, hearing aid batteries, check books etc..
- If you are taking any fixtures in your home or drapes this is the time to remove them. Be sure to leave anything you agreed to in your sales contract. If you rent and have put in your own ceiling fans, shower heads or things like that, now is the time to replace them with the original items that were there. If you did not keep original items you must leave what you put up.
- If you have yard décor or wind chimes now is the time to put them in one location to be packed.
- Get rid of charcoal, lighter fluids, gasoline, matches or chemicals the mover will not carry. Clean grills, outdoor furniture, coil hoses and screw the ends together to keep them from leaking on anything. Pull as much of this to one location so nothing gets left behind.
- Mow your yard one last time or make arrangements to have that done.
- Pay any last bills that you can, with the exclusion of final utility bills, they will have to follow.
- Pack wine collections, lying on their sides always, if you are taking them with you.
- Put pack last boxes in an empty area where you can start filling them over the week.
- Go through each room and check for things you may have forgotten to do, make a list.
One or Two Days before Moving Day
- Your packers should be arriving and you want to have luggage and pack last boxes in a separate area so they don't get packed, this includes hanging clothes. Make your packers aware of the things that go with you so they don't pack them. Place colored tape on the things your taking with you if they are not separated. It is easy for packers to see and they know not to pack them.
- Make sure you have made arrangements for payment to the moving company on the other end. It will need to be a charge card, cash or a check. Long distance moves require a certified check be ready at unload.
- Download anything important on your computer so that you can carry those CD's or flash drives in your moving accordion file or suitcase.
- Get directions to your new location and phone numbers ready for your driver.
- If needed leave forwarding address with new homeowners. Make sure your local police and fire department know that your home is empty and for how long it will be so. It is good to appoint a neighbor to be the contact for them if one is needed.
- Throw last minute laundry into wash, before you unhook your washer/ dryer. You may already have had some one do this. If so, see if you can do a last minute load at a neighbor's house or go to a Laundromat the night before the move so everything is clean and ready to pack into your pack last boxes.
- Get up early and get beds stripped, folded and put into pack last boxes. Clean towels should already be in those boxes as well as the things you will need later. Dispose of wet rags and trash so they don't get loaded.
- Keep out some cleaning supplies you can dispose of, and a trash bag, mop, broom etc... unless you have made arrangements to hire someone for that. If not friends and family are great for this. Have their cleaning stuff handy or ready to use after loading so you don't have to worry about what stays and what goes on the truck. Vacuums usually load last. If you can clean as the movers empty rooms it is best. By doing this you don't have to worry about what to do with the final stuff. I usually just toss the final cleaning things and replace upon arrival at new location. Or put them in the car.
- You or a representative for you must be present on moving day. When the movers arrive do a walk through, and outside with your driver noting important details, go over paperwork and final instructions with driver and crew.
Move In Day
- Check first too make sure all utilities are turned on, if you must be present for cable or phone make appointments ahead of time for them to arrive when you do.
- Get house ready for movers. Label rooms as you labeled boxes. Master bedroom, spare room by name, bath one, bath two etc... I use index cards and tape them to the door frames on top so the movers have no question where things go.
- Make sure rooms are cleaned and dusted.
- Have an idea of where you want things to go. Make a map if possible for moving crew, they need to know where to place furniture, and the last thing you want to do is move it all around after everything is in the house. You can even draw room maps individually and tape to door or wall.
- If you have pets, make sure they are put in carriers out of the way of the movers.
- When movers arrive be prepared to pay them or they will not unload.
- Make sure you have everything unpacked, inventoried and check for damage within first two weeks.
- Unpack bathroom essentials, make beds, and unpack kitchen essentials the first day. You will feel at home and relatively comfortable your first night there. Get some wine, and cheese & crackers, or have a picnic in your new home, breath deeply, relax and enjoy your first evening, you deserve it and you have a lot of work ahead of you.
Congratulations on a job well done. Welcome Home!