Moving across state borders? We hate to break it to you but there’s a lot of things you should start doing now to make your move a lot smoother.
It’s all about planning, according to our experts and if the move is long-distance, this will involve a number of steps and a whole lot of patience. Don’t worry though because we have put together a step-by-step guide to help you deal with the nitty-gritty details.
- Create a Master Plan
Your master plan should answer the following questions:
- How much money can I spend on the move?
- How much should I set aside for unforeseen costs?
- Which expenses can I write off of my taxes?
- What is covered by my insurance?
- Will I be transporting any of my stuff on my own or will I leave it to the movers?
- Will friends or family be able to help me pack?
- When is my move-out date?
- Choose a Mover
Creative Moving Solutions offers a range of services that can meet all your packing and moving needs.
- Make Travel Arrangements
We often mistake road trips to be cheap and many long distance movers often assume the same thing. It is easy to load up the family car and just be on your way but between rest stops and finding a place to rest for the night, expenses can pile up pretty fast. It must be noted that aside from the expenses, you aren’t really sure when you and your family will get to your destination.
It is a good idea check out how much it costs to ship your car to your new neighborhood and how much it costs to travel by train. Check for airfare too just to cover every possibility. Once you have the numbers, decide from there.
- Pare Down Your Stuff
Your out-of-state move is going to be a bit expensive that’s why it is a good idea to check everything you own and get rid of the ones you no longer need. It is nice to have your prom dress from high school around but it already went out of style a long time ago. This means it’s time to let go of it.
Focus on your must-haves such as your bedroom set and making room for them inside the moving truck. Selling items that you no longer want can also help you cover some of the expenses that you will incur because of the move. Having enough space for the items you want to keep will also save you money on shipping.
- Throw Away What Needs to Go to the Garbage
After sorting all your possessions, wait for the garbage truck and throw all the items that are begging to be recycled or burned. This will also help you get started with cleaning your house.
- Contact Charitable Institutions That Accept Donations in Kind
Apart from selling online, you can give away items to a charitable organization of your choice.
- Set Aside All Moving Papers
Put your agreement with your mover and your insurance policy in one folder. Place that folder in the bag that you will be using when you move to your new house. This will make it possible for you to access said documents when needed.
- Set Aside Important Documents
Birth certificates, the title to your new home, among other important documents should be placed in a sturdy plastic folder and kept with your travel luggage.
- Set Aside Jewelry and Other Small but Expensive Items
Small, expensive items should be placed in your luggage. Put them in their respective boxes and keep them with you while you travel.
- Buy Packing Supplies
The first instinct is for us to dash to the supermarket but before you leave to spend hard earned money, you can take a look at the old boxes that you have. Using them again is not a bad idea at all as long as they are still in good condition. Doing this will save you a lot of money as expenses can pile up during the move.
You can also utilize your old plastic containers so that you can save on boxes and other supplies. For other packing supplies, you can check out discount chains and dollar stores or contact your mover.
- Create a Calendar for Day-to-Day Packing Tasks
You need to get a lot of things done and in this whirlwind of tasks, you will likely forget about certain things. Following a detailed plan or calendar will make packing a lot easier not only for you but for other members of your household as well. You can also divide the tasks between family members. They key here is to keep at it so you won’t be too stressed on moving day.
If you think that you and your family won’t be able to pack everything yourselves, you can ask friends or relatives to help you out.
- Use the Food in the Pantry
If you started working on your moving tasks as early as two to three months before the move, you probably still have a lot of grocery items in your pantry and the refrigerator. Make sure that you use all of them for the days to come so that you can reduce the items that you need to pack.
- Start Packing
The day that you finish your master plan should also be the first day for you to start packing and it doesn’t even matter if you finished your master plan four months before moving day. While we often advise families to start packing at least two months before their move-out date, it is always better to start earlier.
Aside from packing and arranging your schedule with the movers, you will also have to take care of other things. This can include transferring your kids to a new school and getting all the documentary requirements, among other activities. Start packing as soon as possible so that the task won’t be that daunting later on. Make sure that you pack lighter items in large boxes and heavier items in smaller boxes.
- Inform Important People and Businesses About Your Move
Your bank, your newspaper delivery, and other businesses will need to be informed about your move. For bank accounts and credit card accounts, you only need to change your address in the account information menu online or call your bank for more information. Doing the latter is actually a better idea so you know what else needs to be done before you move out of state.
- Close Utilities and Internet Connection in Your Old Home
Talk to your providers about closing your account on a certain date. Asking about closing procedures will make the task a lot easier. You can schedule disconnection on the day after you move out so you have all the utilities you need while you and your family are still in your old home.
- Arrange for Utilities and Internet Connection for Your New Home
Arriving in your new home and finding out that you don’t have water or electricity will cause a lot of stress. Talk to your new providers and open accounts for your gas, electric, water, and Internet. It is important that you schedule when said connections will be available. These items should be available a day before you move in. Make the arrangements weeks before your move and remind them about it days before you move in.
- Confirm Your Move Out Date With Your Mover
By this time, you will already have a move-out date but ensuring that your mover is on the same page is always a good idea. Confirm your move out date with your mover days before the move and early morning on moving day as well.
- Change Your Address at the Post Office or Online
You are required to change your address at the US Post Office. You can also do this online by taking a look at their change of address page.
- Prepare an Essentials Box
Your essentials box or bag should contain items that you need on your first night in your new home. It is also important to be more prepared than you’ve ever been because your movers may come across certain things that can delay delivery.
You can opt to pack essentials boxes for every room in the house but you can also pack a box for every member of your household containing items they often use or need. What are these items though? Take a look at our guide below.
Family Essentials Box
- Toilet Paper
- Dishtowel and cloth
- Dishwashing liquid
- Unopened all-purpose cleaner
- Coffee machine
- Pasta and pasta sauce
- Beverages and snacks
- Pet dishes and food
- Dining essentials such as fork, spoon, knife, glasses, and plates for every member of the family
- Can opener
- Emergency kit
- General medication such as pain relievers
- Cutting knife
- Flashlight, candles, and matches
- Shower curtain
- Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and soap
- 1 set of clothes for each family member
- Garbage bags
Items That Each Family Member Should Include in Their Personal Boxes
- Plush toys (for kids)
We strongly suggest that you make a list of items that you want included in the essentials boxes.
- Exchange Contact Information With Your Mover
Aside from getting the number of the mover’s office, it is also important that you get the contact information of the driver. You also need to give your contact details.
- Final Clean Up
Pick up trash that you weren’t able to get rid of while you were busy packing. Give the floor a quick sweep too. This is also an opportunity for you to check if everything’s been loaded by the movers.
- Celebrate the Good Times
When the movers finally finish loading your boxes, you can open a bottle of wine and celebrate the good times that happened in your old home. Wine is optional of course because you can celebrate with food too.
- Travel to Your New Home
Say your final goodbye to your old home and head out to your destination.
- Wait for Your Household Items
The waiting game can be difficult but be patient and take some time to rest. You will need energy to unpack everything.
- Unpack Your Boxes
Unpacking your boxes is the final step in your journey to your new home. Start with the furniture and appliances and then tackle other necessities such as beddings, pillows, kitchen items, and bathroom necessities that weren’t included in your essentials box.