Getting Prepared for a Big Move

Moving house? Just thinking about packing everything can be daunting and on top of that, you also need to make other arrangements such as looking for a new school for the children among other things.

Preparing for a big move can be stressful but you don’t have to deal with all that stress. We have put together a few tips that will help you deal with moving to a new house or location without the stress and fuss.

The Pomodoro Technique

The book of the same name has changed many lives by dividing huge tasks into smaller, more manageable ones. You can apply this technique to make your move a lot easier.

8 Weeks Before the Big Move

  • Create a moving schedule and timeline.
  • Decide on your budget.
  • Contact us immediately. We have flat rates for moving homes.
  • Ask us about insurance provided for the move. It is advisable that you take a look at your homeowners’ policy to see what is covered.
  • Save our number on your phone so you can contact us before, during, and after the move.
  • If you and your family are moving to a different state, it is a good idea to research doctors, schools, and banks in your new neighborhood.

7 Weeks Before the Move

  • Get a written estimate from us.
  • Make a list of all the businesses and entities that you need to give your new address and contact details to.
  • Put all your moving house paperwork in one folder.

6 Weeks Before the Move

  • For households with children, it is best to arrange the school transfer during this time. This will ensure a smoother transition for the kids.
  • Check your closets and gather all the clothes that no longer fit or you no longer need.
  • Take a look at other items from one room to the next and determine which ones you no longer want.
  • Donate or sell unwanted items. You can also have a garage sale before your move.
  • Start packing items that you rarely use. This includes seasonal items and other things that currently reside in your attic or basement.

5 Weeks Before the Move

  • Announce to family and friends that you are moving. Don’t forget to leave your email and other contact details.
  • Start using what is in the pantry and the refrigerator. It is best to refrain from buying in bulk as well.
  • Shop for moving supplies. You will need boxes, packing material, labels, box cutters, and tape.
  • Start your box labeling system. You should also have a master list so you know what’s inside each box.
  • Start packing room by room and do it based on a schedule that you and your family decide on.

4 Weeks Before the Move

  • Go to the U.S. Post Office to change your address. You can also opt to change your address online.
  • Remember that list of businesses that you need to inform when you move? It’s time to either inform them about your change of address or edit your accounts.
  • Confirm your move-out date and check insurance coverage once again to make sure that all your valuables are covered.

3 Weeks Before the Move

  • Call your newspaper guy to cancel delivery.
  • Set up newspaper delivery in your new house.
  • Make sure that you have an inventory of all your expensive gadgets.
  • Big ticket items need to be photographed. Note all scratches and the like so that you have a record of their condition before the move.
  • Pack your important documents, jewelry, and other small items in your suitcase. You would need to transport them by hand.

2 Weeks Before the Move

  • Withdraw money for unexpected expenses.
  • Prepare all prescription medication if applicable and ensure that they are in your suitcase.
  • Unplug and clean all major appliances.
  • Prepare a folder for the new owners. It should contain warranties and your contact information in case they need to forward your mail. It is also ideal to give them vendor recommendations to make their move a lot easier.
  • Confirm your moving schedule with us. Double check all paperwork and insurance-related documents.
  • Continue packing.

1 Week Before the Move

  • All flammable items such as paint and chemicals should be disposed of.
  • Check if there are more items that you want to donate and have them picked up by a charitable institution.
  • Save all necessary files in an external hard disk or flashdrive.
  • Pay all bills that need to be paid before your move.
  • Arrange for utilities to be turned off the day after you move out. You should also arrange the utilities in your new home for the companies concerned to turn them on a day before you move in.
  • Make sure that everyone has packed their bags with toiletries and comfortable clothes.
  • Check with us again to confirm the move-out date.
  • If you have packed everything, it’s time to do some cleaning. You can also contact a cleaning crew to scrub the house from top to bottom after your move-out date.