While your move will most likely happen in a single day, preparing for it can take some time. The good news is, the more you do beforehand, the faster and less stressful the move itself will be.
Two Months Before
- Go through each room and decide what to keep and what to dispose of. If you have any large or unusual items (piano, plants, barbeque grill, etc.), consider how they will need to be moved.
- Give away, sell, recycle, or donate what you don’t need.
Research moving company options and prices.
- Consider purchasing extra insurance coverage for the move.
Order or purchase supplies.
- Bubble wrap
- Specialty containers
If your kids are changing school districts, arrange for their records to be transferred.
Six Weeks Before
- Select your moving company and set your moving day.
- Complete a change of address at the local post office.
- If you’ll be changing doctors, get copies of your medical records.
- Provide your new address to your bank, credit card and insurance companies, and utilities. You can often update address information on your monthly bill statements.
- Let your employer know about your new address and plan to take off work for the day of the move.
One Month Before
- Start buying less food and begin to use up disposable or perishable items that won’t be making the trip with you, like soaps and frozen food.
- Pack anything you don’t need day-to-day, being sure to separate out valuables. Label boxes with their contents and where they should be placed in your new home.
- Cancel local memberships or standing appointments if you’ll no longer be using them.
Three Weeks Before
- Confirm your travel and moving plans.
- – If you are driving your car, make sure it is prepared.
- – Book hotel rooms, if necessary.
- Get any rugs or drapes that you’re bringing with you dry-cleaned.
Two Weeks Before
- Start packing everything other than the essentials.
- Make any plans for transporting or boarding pets.
- If you have small children, plan to have someone to watch them on moving day.
One Week Before
- Pack remaining items, including things you will need right away in your new home. Separate these boxes from the rest.
- Clean the house or apartment.
- Remove and pack bedding and disassemble beds.
- Leave your contact info for the new residents in case they need to reach you.
- Do a last minute check on the house:
- – Shut off the water, furnace and air conditioner.
- – Shut and lock all windows.
- – Turn off the lights.