There’s a great deal to think about and do when moving to a new home. Advanced planning helps the process go more smoothly. Follow this checklist timeline for a successful move.
One Month Out
With the moving date a month away, movers should already be scheduled, and if renting, the landlord should have received official notice of the upcoming move. If these things haven’t been done yet, take care of
them as soon as possible. Be aware that especially during busy seasons, many moving companies are already booked, and most landlords require at least a 30-day notice. It’s also a good time to fill out a change of address form through the post office.
Next on the list, start cleaning out closets. This is the perfect time to get rid of excess belongings that are no longer needed; there will be less to pack and less clutter in the new place. Sell larger items, like furniture pieces or electronics, through online boards or directly to family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.
If planning to pack fragile or treasured items that’ll be transported in personal vehicles instead of in the moving van, get boxes and plenty of packing materials. Family heirlooms need to be packed with utmost care to ensure their safety during transport, and it’s helpful to label these boxes correctly for easy identification. Also, check to see what household products are not allowed to be moved, and discard these hazardous items safely.
One Week Out
Now is the time to set aside whatever is needed the first couple of days and nights while the move is in progress. Items may include clothing, pajamas, blankets, medicines, toiletries, work-related essentials, and anything else that needs to be accessed easily during those first few days in the new place.
Other checklist items include the following:
– Return any library books or other borrowed items
– Take care of final bills
– Ensure the utilities at the new place are set up in your name starting on the move-in day
– Create a move-out cleaning checklist, or hire professional housecleaners for a final post-move cleaning
This is the time to tie any loose ends and double-check arrangements. For example, decide if houseplants will go with you or stay with friends. If the refrigerator is going to be moved, defrost and clean it.
The Day of the Move
When professional movers arrive, typically early in the day, show them around the home, and then allow them to do their work. Be prepared for a whirlwind of activity as they systematically pack belongings, room by room. Packing rooms and loading boxes into the moving van can take a large part of the day. Once the movers are done, inspect the home room by room, checking all closets and drawers, to ensure nothing’s been left behind.
Tate The Great Moving Company, LLC can help with your upcoming move. Contact us to learn about moving options, from a la carte services to a full-service move. Call us today at (770) 833-6603, or fill out our online form to request a service.