Sunday, May 28, 2023

A Basic Moving Checklist

Moving can be stressful, but having a good checklist will help you reduce stress. A moving checklist will break down your move into manageable tasks and ensure that you have a timeline to work on. A basic checklist is important, but you can easily add additional steps that are unique to your situation.

8 Weeks Before The Move

Many people do not realize they should start their moving checklist eight weeks before their moving date. This gives you at least two months to get everything in place. The first task you need to take care of at this time is to look for a moving company.

This is also when you will determine if you are going to hire a moving company or handle the move yourself. If you want to hire best movers, you need to book them in advance. This is particularly important when moving in summer because they will be in high demand.

At this point, you should also consider the insurance you need for the move. If you are working with professional movers, they should offer you insurance for the move. This should be covered in their price. You can also check your homeowners’ policy to see what coverage it provides.

7 Weeks Before The Move

At this point, you should have estimates from best moving companies and be ready to make a decision. You should not focus solely on price when choosing a moving company. Their reputation, professionalism, and the cost should be combined.

At this point in the moving process, you need to make a list of all the businesses you have to contact to change your address. This will include your bank, utility providers, and any online accounts you have. You should also make a list of all the companies you need to set up new accounts with. Research the schools and doctors in your new area if you have to change providers and gather the paperwork required to sign on with them.

6 Weeks Before The Move

This is when you need to start the packing process. However, before you rush to get any boxes, you need to take the time to sort out what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of, reducing your belongings will help you when you pack and de-clutter your new home. It is recommended that you start with your clothing and donate or sell anything that you have not worn in the last year. Go through each room of the house to determine what you need to keep and what you can get rid of, the items you no longer want can be sold or donated. Once this is done, you can start packing the non-essential items in your home. These are the seasonal items or ones that you do not use very often. If you have any areas of your home where you store decorations or craft supplies, you should start packing them now.

5 Weeks Before The Move

At this point, you will continue your packing. You should move through the house room by room when packing. It is recommended that you have a schedule for packing and determine which rooms you will tackle first. Only move onto another room once the first one has been completed.

You should also start to consume the food in your home. If you have frozen foods, you need to use them now. You should refrain from buying a lot of groceries and do not order anything in bulk at this point.

4 Weeks Before The Move

You are now a month away from moving, and you need to start contacting businesses. The list of businesses that you created should now be worked through. You have to contact them and advise them about your change of address. It is better to do this early to ensure that no mail is sent to the old address.

You also need to fill out the official change of address form with the US post office. This can be done in the post office or online. It is very important that you fill out this form and do not leave it too late.

3 Weeks Before The Move

This week will be spent packing and making sure everything is in place. If you have high-value items to move, you should take pictures of them at this point. You also need to make a note of the condition of your furniture.

2 Weeks Before The Move

This is when you need to tie up any loose ends because you do not want to be running around the week before the move. You should confirm that your change of address has gone through with everyone it needs to. You also need to ensure that the movers are ready and the insurance is in place.

If you are moving your large kitchen appliances, you need to prepare them at this point. Your freezer will need to be defrosted, and you have to clean all the appliances. You may need to contact a professional to disconnect any appliances with gas lines.

1 Week Before The Move

In the week leading up to the move, you need to dispose of all the items that cannot be transported, such as paint and chemicals. Each family member will need to pack a bag for the move to ensure that they have everything they need while you unpack. It is recommended that the bag has enough to cover two weeks. You also need to confirm everything with the moving company. On the day before you move, you need to ensure that the utilities are turned-off and turned on at your current and old homes respectively. You will also need to make plans for cleaning the property.

You can easily remove the stress of relocation by having a good checklist and hiring one of the best moving companies. Your checklist should be divided into easy to manageable tasks and have dates set out. This will ensure you never forget anything and are not rushing around to get everything done.

Andy Debolt
Andy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing Andy enjoys water sports and spending time on the golf course.


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