If you have ever moved from one place to another, you know just how stressful it can be. That’s why we’ve put together a moving checklist for you. When all of your belongings are packed up and your entire life is in disarray, it can feel quite overwhelming. One way to take some of the stress out of the moving process is to stay as organized as possible.
The following checklist and timeline for moving from Moving Day should help you stay on task so that you accomplish everything that you need to before moving day.
2-3 Months Before Moving Day
Get rid of things that you don’t need. When you live somewhere for a while, it is only natural to accumulate a lot of extra stuff that you don’t really use or don’t really need. Clearing out these items before your move can make settling into your new home easier.
- Have a garage sale
- Give stuff to relatives
- Give to the ARC or to Goodwill
Choose a great moving company.
- Call Moving Day at (719) 531-0250 or click HERE for online contact for a free moving quote!
- If you need help packing your belongings or if you need to store some of your items, you should also decide how you are going to deal with those situations.
- Create a list of everything that you own. You can use this list to get estimates from moving companies and to help track your belongings during the move.
- Purchase a folder or binder that you can use for all of the paperwork related to your move.
- If you have children, contact the school district in your new location to make sure that they have all of the information that they need including your child’s school records.
1.5 Months Before Moving Day
- Begin gathering boxes. Check with grocery stores or other retailers for free boxes.
- Purchase packing supplies including padding for your belongings, markers for labeling the boxes, and tape for sealing everything up.
- Start using up all of your food.
- Try to avoid buying anything new. Instead, eat as much of your food as possible, starting with the items that are perishable. You can apply the same concept to other supplies. For instance, instead of buying new cleaning products, try to use up the products that you already have.
- Identify any potential problems that the movers may encounter. If you know the layout of your new place, try to think through any challenges such as stairways or sharp corners that may make it difficult to get the furniture inside.
One Month Before Moving Day
- Begin putting your belongings in boxes, starting with items that you don’t use very often. If you are moving any items that are particularly valuable, make a note of which box they are packed in and talk to the movers about whether or not you need to purchase extra insurance.
- Write the contents of each box on the outside. Additionally, use color-coded stickers to indicate which room in your new home each box belongs in.
- Consider packing anything valuable or sentimental in a separate box that you move.
- Submit a change of address form at the post office. Additionally, begin contacting your bank, creditors, and other important businesses to let them know that your address is changing.
- Consider holding a yard sale to get rid of any items that you no longer need.
- A Couple Of Weeks Before Moving Day
- Schedule time off work for your move.
- Make sure that you have recently refilled any prescription medication.
- Request copies of your medical history.
- Take care of arrangments for pets while moving if applicable
Several Days Before Moving Day
- Pack the rest of your belongings. Keep any items that you will need right away in a separate box or suitcase so that you can take them with you to your new home.
- Begin breaking down furniture. Any furniture that can be taken apart should be since it is easier to move when it is unassembled.
- At least a day before you move, begin defrosting the freezer.
- *Prepare the payment for the moving company, making sure to have extra money on hand if you plan on tipping the workers for their service.
The Day Of The Move
- Double-check that you have everything packed. Look in every nook and cranny of the house to make sure that you aren’t leaving anything important behind.
- Make sure the new owners or tenants know how to contact you.
- Shut off the lights and make sure that the door is locked behind you.