There are many reasons you might be choosing to move – a growing family, your rented home is going on the market, a new job or a better school. Whatever the reason may be, it is just as important to plan ahead for a local move as it is for one across the country! AHRN.com has put together this checklist to help you get that plan in place!
6 to 8 Weeks Out
Its prep time! Take a little time now to plan ahead and get organized for a smoother move during the busier days closer to moving day.
- Check your current lease for the correct notification method specified by your landlord – a signed letter, an email, etc – and make sure you give the necessary notice.
- Decide whether you will DIY your move or hire professional movers to help with all or part of your move.
- Create a physical place to store all of your move-related notes and information. A binder, folder or accordion case are all good options.
- Schedule dates for an in-home estimate and your move itself if you choose to hire help with moving.
- Create a moving budget. Make sure to include the cost of any hired services, repairs to the home you’re leaving, new furniture that might be needed, meals out while your things are packed and pet boarding if necessary.
- Inform any service providers of your upcoming move. Kid’s schools, utilities, and any regular deliveries are worth checking in with.
- Set up your renter’s insurance to transfer to your new home.
- Begin collecting supplies – packing paper/newspaper, boxes, tape.
4 to 5 weeks Out
The clock is ticking and it’s time to start checking the boxes.
- Begin decluttering. If you don’t need/want it then there is no point in moving it!
- Complete a USPS change of address form – it takes a few weeks to kick in.
- Schedule the cancellation or transfer of all utilities (electricity, water, garbage, cable, internet).
- Setup a pet care plan for the days you will be moving. Conside boarding or sending them to a friends during the in and out part of moving day to minimize stress on all.
- If possible, request days off work to get moved and settled.
- Use up the perishables in your kitchen so you’re not worried about transporting them correctly.
- Consider a yard sale to balance out moving expenses and declutter in one go!
2 to 3 weeks out
- Pack non-essentials in your spare time for a less hectic night-before-moving-day.
- Return any library books or other borrowed items.
- Confirm final payment arrangements, transfer details or disconnection dates for utilities and delivery services.
- Schedule a DIY cleaning day or a cleaning service ahead of your final move out walk through.
1 Week Out
Finish packing. Label boxes with both the contents and the room they belong in to make unpacking easier.
- Number your boxes and create an inventory to help track your belongings.
- Pack one essentials box with the things you need for your first night in your new home.
- Set aside a box of cleaning supplies to keep available.
- Confirm for moving day:
- pet/childcare plans
- new utility installation dates
- moving day details with hired company or friends
- Withdraw any cash you might need for moving day tips, food and incidentals.
- Clean your home to your landlord’s vacating specifications.
- Schedule your final walk through/inspection.
- Check every cabinet, corner and drawer to make sure that you didn’t miss anything.
- Take out all trash and finish cleaning tasks.
- If DIYing your move, pick up your moving truck and carefully inspect the vehicle.
- Swap contact information with any hired movers.
- After clearing your belongings and doing any necessary cleaning, turn in your keys.
- Do a walk through before moving any belongings in with your landlord to establish any existing condition concerns. Document with pictures/video.
- Give your new home a quick clean to begin with a truly fresh start.
- Arrive before any hired movers or have someone you trust there to meet them.
- Bring boxes directly to the room where they belong to make unpacking simpler.
- Inventory boxes and belongings to ensure that everything arrives.
- Pay + tip any hired movers or friends (providing dinner for friends is always appreciated!)
- Return moving truck if you rented one.
- Unpack your essentials box.
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