Moving can be a long, overwhelming process. In fact, it can be so daunting that many of us end up feeling like we don’t know where to even start. Should you start packing now and book your movers later? When should you transfer your utilities? What can you pack up immediately, and what should wait?
It can seem like a tangled mess to navigate. But, with a little consideration and careful planning, you’ll be organized and ready to tackle your moving day. Stick to this checklist, and moving day is sure to be totally smooth sailing!
6 Weeks Before Moving Day
Get organized. Now’s your time to start gathering all of that moving-related paperwork and tuck it safely away in a file so it’s easy to find and reference when you need it. Now is also a great time to pick up any supplies you’ll need, including boxes, markers, bubble wrap, and packing tape. The earlier you have it, the earlier you can start packing!
Do your research. If you don’t already know what moving company you’d like to go with, it’s time to do some digging and read different reviews and recommendations.
Sort and toss. There’s no point in moving a bunch of things that you don’t actually want to keep. And, while you can definitely still sort things as you’re packing up different rooms, now’s a great time to toss all of that stuff you already know you don’t want to hang on to.
4 Weeks Before Moving Day
Notify utilities and your landlord. Start the process of canceling out your current utilities and get them swapped over to your new place—after all, you don’t want to be moving in the dark with no running water! If you’re renting, you also need to let your landlord know you’ll be packing up and hitting the road.
Book your movers. If you’re planning on using some extra hands or a moving truck, you should plan to book them during this time—to ensure you can actually find someone to help you during your chosen moving day!
2 Weeks Before Moving Day
Start packing. Now’s when you can start boxing up everything—save for the few essentials you need during the next couple of weeks. Remember to also pack an overnight bag for your first night in your new place, so you don’t have to go digging for your toothbrush!
Change your address. It’s just another one of the pains of moving. Let the post office—as well as any financial institutions—know about your new digs. You’ll also want to transfer your car insurance to your new address!
Schedule cleaners. If you’re planning on having your current place professionally cleaned before bidding adieu, you’ll need to schedule a cleaning crew to come in and take care of things.
1 Week Before Moving Day
Confirm everything. Unfortunately, things get lost in the shuffle. So, it’s important that you make time to check in and confirm that everything is in order for your big day!
There you have it—a basic timeline for planning your move. Follow along, and you’re sure to take a little of the pain out of the process!