Moving can be both an exciting and stressful time in your life. There are so many things to remember, so before you do anything start writing a complete moving checklist. Because unfortunately, many tasks get forgotten in all the confusion.
However, creating a checklist can help you keep things in line as you prepare to uproot to another home. We're here to help you with a total checklist.
Continue reading to get the complete moving checklist for your upcoming move.
A Few Months BeforeWhen moving, some packing and prepping can be done several months in advance. The sooner you start this process, the easier things will be on moving day!
Sort and RemoveMove through every room in your house and decide whether there are items there that you don't really need. We're all prone to keeping things that have no real value in our homes. That tends to create unnecessary clutter.
Find things that you can part with? Donate them or sell them as soon as you can. This way, when you start packing things up, you won't have to deal with them.
Do Your ResearchNow is the time to prepare for the move day. Planning who will be moving you and the cost last minute will only create more stress and chaos during the moving process. It will also be one less thing you can check off this complete moving checklist.
Decide on the moving company that will be moving you. Make sure that you're getting a written quote or estimate before you choose a moving company. It will save you tons of trouble in the long run.
One Month BeforeYou may think you have plenty of time before the big moving day, but one month gives you just enough time to weed through the things you won't be able to pack along with you. It also gives you time to prepare for packing.
Get Your Moving SuppliesAbout a month before moving day, you should check ordering moving supplies off your complete moving checklist. Make sure you order any type of specialty moving boxes, like those for dishes or other valuables. You should also ensure that you're ordering enough moving boxes so that you have plenty to use.
Check Your MeasurementsImagine moving all of your heavy and large furniture to your new destination only to find out they don't fit in your new home. Completely remove this issue ahead of time and get the measurements of your new home. Then measure all of your larger furniture to make sure that it will fit.
Completely remove this issue ahead of time and get the measurements of your new home. Then, measure all of your larger furniture to make sure that it will fit.
Use Up FoodNow is the perfect time to start using up food that you can't bring with you. Things like milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and your condiments probably shouldn't move along with you. Use them all now so you don't have to throw them away later.
This is also a great time to clean out your refrigerator from anything that may have piled up over time.
Start Packing the NonessentialsNow is the time to start packing the things you won't use every day, or in the next month before moving. Things like your unused kitchen appliances and out of season clothes should be packed. This will save you time once the real packing time gets closer.
Things like your unused kitchen appliances and out of season clothes should be packed. This will save you time once the real packing time gets closer.
Separate the Important ThingsThere are some things that you should move with you personally. Things such as important documents (like birth certificates, jewelry, etc) should be placed in a clearly marked box that you can bring along with you.
You can also throw any documentation from the moving company (like your written estimate) in for easy retrieval on moving day.
Change Your AddressHead up to your local post office to notify them of your move. The mailing address process can take some time. It's better to do this early so you can ensure all your mail gets to the right spot.
You should also take this time to notify all the important people that you're moving. Things like your employer's HR department, your utility companies, and your banks should be notified. This way, you'll make sure all important documents make it to the new home.
You should also notify the IRS and other government entities before making the move.
Two Weeks Prior to MovingAt this point, your moving day is approaching. Make sure you tie up all the loose ends you need to before you move away.
Transfer UtilitiesNow you should be letting your utility companies know that you're going to be switching things to a new home.
You may even have to switch companies depending on how far you're relocating. Make sure all of this is set up both at your old home and the new home to ensure you're not caught without water or electric.
Contact the Moving CompanyBy now you should've decided on a moving company. Give them a call to reconfirm your moving day and all the last minute information they may need from you.
Get Your Car a CheckupIf you're moving a long distance from your current location, you should always double check that your car is good to go. Nothing would be worse than moving and getting a flat tire or your battery dying en route.
A Few Days Before: Double Check Your Complete Moving ListA few days before your move, you should double check your moving list to ensure you're not missing any important items. Plus, there are some other things you'll need to take care of.
Finish PackingYou should start packing up all of the things that you've been using for the past few months. Things like clothes and shoes can be packed away in suitcases so they're easier to move when you get to your new location.
Triple Check All the DetailsOnce again, you should always double and triple check all the finer details with the moving company. Call them to make sure you're aware of all the specific details, such as moving time and directions.
Now is the time to make sure that you know how you're going to be paying your moving company. Make sure the company is able to take the form of payment you're going to use.
You've Got A Complete Moving ChecklistIf thinking about your future move is giving you anxiety, you can now breathe. We've covered all of the most important parts of moving in this complete moving checklist.
One of the main takeaways you can take from this list is to always double check the details. And it is never too soon to start preparing, as you'll save yourself time and money in the long run.
Are you moving to the Bay Area in the near future? Contact us for a free estimate to see how we can help you with all your moving needs.