Five Weeks Before The Move
1. Create A Master List
This should contain everything that needs to be completed including cancelling and setting up electrical, water, sewage, natural gas and garbage services at the new home. Also be sure to include a list of supplies that you will need for the move. If you have any pianos or large equipment that will require a specialized team or heavy machinery to move make note of it on your master list.
2. Clean Out The Closets
Closets can get cluttered with old stuff and you will probably end up throwing away a lot of it. Also clean out drawers, shelves, cupboards, chests, etc. and divide everything into four groups: Stuff you will throw away, stuff you will recycle, stuff you will give away or sell at a yard sale, and stuff you will keep.
3. Have A Garage Sale
Sell everything that you put into the yard sale group. Everything that you don’t sell, give to a Goodwill or Salvation Army donation center.
4. Send Change of Address Forms
Send out the change of address forms needed for magazine subscriptions, newspaper delivery, etc. Arrange to have your mail forwarded to the new address with the post office. Begin the process for changing address on driver’s license, passport, etc.
5. Notify Utilities
Contact the cable company, alarm company, lawn maintenance, utilities, etc. and notify them about your new address and moving dates.
6. Eat All The Food
Well not all of it. But eat as much of the food you have as you can before you move so you don’t have to move it. If possible avoid making huge grocery runs so that your cupboards will slowly empty themselves over the next few weeks.
7. Contact Insurance
Get a hold of your insurance provider, and setup a policy for your new home. Make sure that the old policy is set to cancel the day after moving day.
If you haven’t already researched the schools in the new neighborhood, do it now. You will need to register your children at nearby schools at this point in time.
9. Call The Cleaners
Have all of your upholstery and rugs cleaned. Book window and gutter cleaners before you move.
10. Call The Movers
Find a moving company that works in your area. If you are doing the packing purchase boxes and other packaging materials that may be needed from a moving supply store.
11. Start Packing
Dont pack up everything since you will need a lot of it over the next few weeks. Make sure you pack up things that wont be heavily used in the next few weeks. Store all of the boxes out of the way but in a place that’s easily accessible. A family room or guest room is a great idea. Avoid stashing them in the basement or attic, that will make your move take longer (if you hire movers that means it will cost you more) and annoy anyone helping you move.
12. Visit The New Place
If possible visit your new home to measure doorways and find any potential choke points for your furniture. Having a plan going into moving day is critical, if you don’t know what you’re up against, it can be a losing battle.
13. Plan Updates
Schedule painters, and any other contractors that you will need to make updates to the new place.
Two Weeks Before The Move
1. Keep Records
Make sure you keep records of all receipts and other expenses associated with moving. You can claim them come tax time and it might save you a few bucks.
2. Keep Packing
Pack up everything but your clothes and toiletries for the coming week or two. Label all of your boxes clearly to minimize tasks and confusion on moving day.
3. Book An Elevator
This might sound silly if you’ve never lived in a high rise apartment or condominium. It can make the move so much easier when you have a reserved elevator for the move. Also your new neighbors wont hate you for hogging up all the elevators with your move.
4. Make Repairs
If you are selling your home this is a great time to deal with those repairs required for the sale.
One Week Before The Move
1. Clean The Refrigerator
By this point you should probably have very little frozen or refrigerated items. If you do, pack them up in a cooler the night before the move and make sure they are transported securely to your new place.
2. Start Cleaning Everything
Clean the house as much as you can to avoid having to clean the whole thing on moving day.
3. Finish Packing
Pack up everything but the essentials and have extra boxes or luggage handy for the last few articles of clothing that you will surely want to wear during the following week.
4. Arrange Day Care
Arrange to have your pets and/or small children looked after for they day. Moving is stressful, you don’t want to deal with the headaches of a dog gone missing or a kid getting hurt.
The Day of The Move
1. Keep Your Wits About You Man
It’s going to be tough, but you can do it. And once you’re all moved in you will feel a wave of euphoria rush over you.
2. Lift With Your Legs
Don’t hurt yourself. If you are prone to injuries, you may want to schedule a chiropractor or sports massage therapist ahead of time.
3. Be Careful
Don’t damage the old place as you move out. Be careful moving through doorways so you don’t bang up the door jams.
If this all seems a bit much, call a moving company to help you. Save yourself the trouble of lifting the heavy, cumbersome furniture. Download a print friendly PDF version of our moving day checklist for future reference.