Moving? Time to start planning!
Are you planning on moving this year? Next year? Whenever you’re planning to move, it’s never too early to start planning. To help our readers prepare for their upcoming move, we’re starting a blog post series “Moving Day Checklist.” In this series we’ll break down the planning for your move so you’ll be prepared come move day. The checklist below can give you an idea of the steps you will need to take to have a successful move, 4-6 weeks prior to your move day.
Moving Day Checklist – 4-6 Weeks Prior to Move Date
Start looking for a mover. We recommend three in-home estimates because you’ll be able to budget your move and have time to review the estimates in a true “apples-to-apples” comparison. This also means you won’t be rushed into your decision.
If you are undecided on a mover, visit their facilities. You can plan your tour ahead of time or you can show up unannounced and ask for a tour. Is the storage facility secure? How many trucks do they have? Do they have their own, branded trucks? Visiting the facilities will give you insight into how your mover treats their employees and equipment.
Start de-cluttering your home. You can start simple by eating the canned and frozen goods so you don’t have to worry about transporting or wasting them. Continue the de-cluttering by deciding what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. A yard sale is an easy way to dispose of some items while making a few dollars before the move. If you can’t sell it and don’t want to move it, look to recycle or donate the goods.
You can start packing and organizing out of season items that you won’t be using. It’s also a good idea to pack your closets, basement, attic, garage, guest room, and storage room. You won’t disrupt your daily routine and you’ll get a head start on packing. Remember, packing always takes longer than anticipated.
Let your utility providers know you’re planning on moving. You’ll want to make sure that you have electricity in your old home on moving day and in your new home when you move in.
Don’t forget to contact:
- Cable Provider
- Phone and Internet
In fact, there are a lot of people you should tell that you’re moving. For example, talk to your bank to ensure you’ll be able to continue banking with them.
Others you should contact:
- Credit Card Company
- Home Security company
Moving is stressful, no doubt. But these tips will help you prepare for a smooth move. If you have any questions or tips, please share them in the comments below.
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