Planning a Move: When Should You Start?

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Moving Timeline

Anyone who’s moved numerous times — or even one time! — will quickly tell you that moving takes a lot of planning and hard work. It’s not just hauling boxes. There’s notifying people of your address change, sorting out the multiple payments that spring up, and making sure you leave your existing place in decent condition. So, it comes as no surprise that it can spiral into a logistical nightmare pretty fast.

What can you do to take some of the pressure off? Thorough prior planning will save you numerous headaches. But, one of the biggest questions you’ll face when thinking about moving preparation is when should you start? You don’t want to be living out of boxes for months on end, but you also don’t want to scramble last minute. Don’t worry — I’ve got some answers to your burning timeline questions right here.

When should I start planning?

OK, so you don’t want to pack away your toothbrush and phone charger weeks before you even intend to move. But, there are a few things you can start doing early on that will make the entire process smoother.

Of course, sometimes you need to move without a lot of advanced notice, and those situations can be extra stressful. However, if you’re consciously anticipating an upcoming move — say, when your existing lease is up — you want to start planning as early as possible. Check out this simple timeline of when you should take care of some of the big to-do items!

Six Months Before Your Move:

For months — or even an entire year — before you move, you should start stashing your pennies. Moving is expensive, and you don’t need the added stress of not being able to afford a hefty security deposit or professional movers because you neglected to tuck away some cash. Plus, you should keep in mind that you might end up needing to pay two rents for a month or two. Start saving your money so that you can afford all of the expenses (both expected and unexpected!) that are associated with moving.

Two Months Before Your Move:

Begin cleaning through and purging some of your belongings. There’s no point in hauling clothes that no longer fit or knick knacks that you don’t want to keep. So, go through your entire home with a fine-tooth comb to ensure you aren’t bothering to pack up useless things.

One Month Before Your Move:

Now’s when your preparation really kicks into high gear. Research and book your movers so that you’re all set come move in day. Also, if you haven’t yet notified your current landlord, you’ll need to do that now. To be courteous, you want to provide your landlord with at least 30 days notice. Now’s also a great time to make sure you have all of your necessary moving supplies so that you can start packing the things you don’t access frequently. Box up your out of season clothes and decorations so you can get the ball rolling!

One Week Before Your Move:

Leave out a basic assortment of things you’ll need to survive, so that those random clothes, kitchen goods, and bathroom essentials can be packed into a few final boxes. The rest of the stuff? Pack it up and get it out of the way so you have room to clean. You want to leave your existing residence in decent condition — especially if you’re aiming to get your security deposit back — so make sure you give your place the scrubbing it deserves. Now’s also a great time to notify the post office and any other service providers of your address change.

Right Before Your Move:

Finish packing up those miscellaneous items that you had left out so that they can all be loaded onto the truck. You also want to make sure that you’ve stopped at the bank so you have some cash to tip the movers for a job well done. Finally, ensure that you have all necessary documentation, keys, and other important information for moving into your new digs!

Moving is a pain. But, early preparation definitely helps to alleviate some stress! Follow this timeline and you’ll be prepped and ready for your move — without dealing with all of those anxious, frazzled moments of panic!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.

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