Week By Week Moving Planning Guide
6-8 Weeks Before Moving:
Organization is the key for a smooth move and this is the time to start getting the details of your move.
This is the time to decide what items you wish to transport to your new home. If you decide to dispose of items that you don?t need you should either donate them to a charity or consider having a garage sale. Contact a local charity or pick a date at least two weeks before moving date for the garage sale. Advertise the garage sale locally.
Start collecting suitable moving and packing supplies if you plan to do your own packing or partial packing. Think about your new home layout and start thinking about where you’ll place the furniture. Create a floor plan of your new home that will prevent the stress of making decisions when your furniture arrives at your new home.
Finalize all real estate and rental needs. Contact your insurance agent to transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance.
4-5 Weeks before moving
Give your new address to: Friends and Family, Post Office, Utility Companies, Banks and Financial Institutions, Doctors, Schools, Church.
It is the time to take a look at what you own, and decide what must go and what can be left behind. All items such as old books, magazines, broken items, old toys can be left behind. Remember-adding more weight to your shipment costs more money. Organize your move by deciding and making lists of what items you will not transport, what items your mover will move and what items you will move yourself. Make a decision if the items not going that will be sold at a garage sale, picked by a charity or trash it.
3 Weeks before moving
Decide how much packing your will handle yourself. You should inform your mover of any items that you decided for him/her to pack.
If you have any valuables around the house, be sure to collect them before leaving. Return any borrowed items such as library books. Also collect all items that are being repaired or cleaned.
2 Weeks before moving
Disassemble and disconnect your computer system before your move. Backup all your computer files on a disk. Consider taking all back up files disks with you in the car.
Make final packing decisions. Clean and clear your home including closets, basement and attics and the items that you will take.
Dispose of items that represent a hazard and are not allowed to be shipped. Tape and seal all cleaning fluids that are non-toxic, non-flammable in plastic bags. Inform gas, electric, cable, and telephone services of your move. Arrange to have them disconnected from your present home the day after your scheduled moving day. Sign up for services at your new address and connect them on your moving in day.
1 Week before moving
Make sure to mark which items you’ll take yourself, so the movers won’t take them or have any questions.
Make sure you haven’t overlooked anything in the house.
Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator, freezer and clean your stove, all at least 24 hours before moving to let them air out.
Prepare items you will need while your goods are in transit. Pack your suitcases and confirm travel arrangements for you and your family. Try to keep plans as flexible as possible in the event of unexpected delay or schedule change.
1 Day before moving day
Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. (This might include non-aerosol cleaning supplies, disposable plates and cups, light tools, snacks, bathroom items and trash bags.). Take this box with you or have the driver load it last and unload first. Make a final tour of your home. See that nothing is overlooked.
Arrive at your home a day ahead of time, if possible, to make sure utilities are connected and to plan placement of major items in your home.