The most important part of moving is organization. If you organize everything with plenty of time, you’ll get better results at the end of this process. Looking around your house and seeing all the things that you have to pack can be very stressful. That’s why we’re here to help you with a moving checklist that will keep everything in perfect order.
TWO MONTHS BEFORE
- First, go through every room of your house and decide what you’d like to keep and the things that you can donate or sell. You can also start to classify the items that will need special packing. This step is very important because if you are aware of everything that you have in your house and the things that you have to pack, you’ll save a lot of time and effort.
- Start searching for moving companies. This is essential because your chosen moving team team will be by your side during the entire moving process. It’s important to hire a trustworthy and responsible company since they’ll be taking care of your belongings.
- Research your new community. Investigate the facilities and features of your new neighborhood so that you’ll feel more comfortable when you move.
- Create a folder with all important documents. You’ll need this all along the moving process to keep track of everything.
- Organize all the supplies that you’ll need for packing such as tape, markers, and bubble wrap. You also can start ordering any boxes that you’ll need and start categorizing items to make packing easier.
- It’s important that you start using up those things that you can’t take with you, such as frozen foods or cleaning supplies.
- Pinpoint your moving day. It’s important that you are constantly aware of your moving day; if you see this date every day you’ll be perfectly prepared throughout the process.
- Make an unpacking plan for your new home. Making this plan will help you with your packing process because you’ll know the things that you’ll need for your new home.
- By this time, you should have selected your moving company. The next step is to confirm everything with them and to start arranging your move. You’ll need to discuss your moving date, costs and the rest of the details.
- Begin packing all the items that you don’t use often, such as ornaments, art pieces, etc. While packing, label each box with a number, and the room that belongs in. At the same time, create a list of the contents of each box. This will help you find items easily; you just have to check your list and identify the number of the box that you need.
- Separate personal and valuable items. It’s essential that you set aside all the items that you’ll personally transport to your new home.
- Change your address. You can go to your local post office and complete a form to do this. By doing this in advance, you’ll have less work in the future and you can concentrate on your new home.
- Notify utility providers of your move, including electricity, water, gas, telephone, cable, internet, sewer and trash collection providers.
- Notify professional services providers of your move, including your accountant, attorney, doctor, dentist, financial planner, health insurance provider, schools and others that you consider pertinent.
- Notify service providers of your move, including your bank, newspapers, pharmacy, laundry service, etc.
- Make arrangements to connect and disconnect your cable, internet, electricity and any other services that you are currently using. This can prevent any date and time conflicts in your moving process.
- If you have pets, you should start making arrangements for the moving day.
- Plan the meals that you and your family will eat for the last two weeks to use all the food that you have in your fridge.
- Arrange with your boss to be free for your moving day.
- Reconfirm all arrangements with your moving company to ensure that everything will happen according to schedule.
- Begin cleaning your new home and the home you’re moving out of.
- Organize important documents such as passports, financial statements, contracts, etc. You may need these papers during the moving process so you should have them organized to carry with you when you need them.
- This week may be the most stressful one, so it’s time to pack the items that you have not had time to pack.
- Make sure that all the scheduled deliveries have been canceled and redirected to your new address.
- Collect all keys, alarm codes, and door openers so you can know where they are when you need them.
- Pack suitcases with the clothes that you and your family will wear for the first few days in your new place.
- Empty and defrost your refrigerator at least 24 hours before the move.
- Plan how you’ll pay your moving company.
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