Moving can be a stressful time for anyone. No matter your situation, moving across the street, across town or across the country can create challenges for you and your family. To effectively navigate the moving process, you should create a checklist for yourself to help you stay on track.
Are you taking the leap this leap year and moving to a new home? If so, refer to my checklist below to help you plan for the big move.
Two Months Out
At two months out from your scheduled move-in date, you should begin the moving process. Use this checklist as a guide, or create your own, so you know what needs to be accomplished.
- Get quotes from multiple moving companies
- Plan adequate time off work for around your move-in date
- Have a garage sale to get rid of any items you no longer want or need
- Purchase boxes, tape, labels, and anything else you need for packing
One Month Out
One month away from your move-in date you should be taking the process seriously. Therefore, your planning should be wrapping up and packing for the move should be in full force.
- Gather all documents you will need to move with you (financial documents, birth certificates, passports, password & address books, etc.)
- Get copies of you and your family’s medical records, dental records, pet’s vet record, and anything else that you may need where you’re going
- If you’re moving out of town, begin researching new medical care providers in your area
- Finalize your plans with the movers you’ve selected
Two Weeks Out
Your moving date is now just two weeks away! This is the time when the value of your pre-planning begins to show its worth. You should be kicking your efforts into high gear in preparation for the big move.
- Begin canceling all accounts tied to your current home (cable, phone, newspaper, etc.)
- Update all accounts/bills with the new address
- Notify your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance companies of the move (purchase a new policy if necessary)
- Pack everything except the essentials you will need for the next two weeks
- Label every box so you and your movers know exactly where things should go
One Week Out
With just one week left, your planning should be wrapping up. All items, excluding essentials, should now be packed away. Don’t forget to take a little time to relax and de-stress before the big day. Start getting excited, you’re almost there!
- Pack everything else
- Forward your mail with the post office
- Visit your new home, if possible, to clean and prepare for the move
- Discard any food/perishable items that won’t be making the move with you
- Backup your computer before unplugging
- Put together a travel kit that will stay with you during the move, including a change of clothes, cash, phone chargers, snacks, highly valuable items, and personal documents
Without proper planning and coordination, moving can pose a series of issues. This is something you don’t want to procrastinate. Your move-in date will be here before you know it, so the sooner you prepare the better. Hopefully, this checklist will serve as an aid during your move. Just make sure you tailor it to your specific situation, so nothing is overlooked.