It’s almost moving day!! Congratulations on the purchase of your new home, or the new rental home you’ve decided on! Here are some moving tips to help you stay organized over the next several months.
Two Months Prior to Moving Day:
- If you are using a mover, get a few estimates from local moving companies.
- If you are moving yourself, get quotes from at least two truck rental companies.
- Choose a mover (or truck rental company).
- Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter (we find it’s best to start with basement, attic, garage and other storage areas).
- Start a file for all of your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc). This might be a digital file or a physical file, but it’s very important!
- Arrange to transfer school records.
- Begin to obtain quotes to get your new home ready– contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers, etc., so your home is ready when you arrive.
Six Weeks Prior to Moving Day:
- Complete online post office change-of-address.
- Make arrangements for storage if necessary.
- Ask your doctor or health plan provider for any requirred referrals, and obtain all medical records (if moving out of the area).
- Clean all closets and drawers!
- Start using foods and cleaning supplies that can’t be moved.
Four Weeks Prior to Moving Day:
- Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new home. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have “last month” deposits with services, such as the telephone company, request your refund.
- If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck.
- If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials and start packing items you won’t need after you arrive at your new house.
- Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes and carpeting.
- Check with your insurance company to ensure you have coverage for your belongings.
- Arrange for insurance coverage to transfer from your old home to your new home.
- If you are moving into a neighborhood with an HOA, reach out to the property management company for any needed information.
- Collect your important records–Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.
Three Weeks Prior to Moving Day:
- Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids.
- Prepare all documents needed for your vehicle registration, if moving to another state.
- If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use of the elevator.
- Make child-care arrangements for moving day! This is important! Maybe it’s a neighbor or a friend. Kiddos aren’t great at helping on moving day and it will be best for everyone that they have alternate arrangements.
- Hold your moving sale and schedule pickup from a donation company of any items that don’t sell.
- NOTE: If a moving company is responsible for your packing, any items that YOU personally box/pack will not be covered under the main insurance policy. If you need to pack up in order to show your home for sale, etc., request that the movers REPACK those items / tubs / boxes.
Two Weeks Prior to Moving Day:
- Donate or Dispose of anything that didn’t sell at your moving sale.
- Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.
- Notify your bank and all creditors of your move.
- If you have any regular prescriptions, make sure to have an ample supply of all medications.
- Assemble a file folder or binder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
- Assemble a box of items to leave for the new owner (keys, garage door openers, appliance manuals, etc.) and mark clearly “New Owner/Resident Box”
- Pick up laundry–Laundry tickets are easy to misplace, so ask for your things by name or phone number and not just by the receipts you have.
- Pack a First Necessities Box: Pack all items that you will need easy access to like remote controls for electronics, batteries that were removed from said remote controls, the hardware needed to put furniture back together. In addition, pack inside this box items that will help make your first night in the new home even more comfortable. We suggest: Special teddy bears and blankets for your children, something that reminds you of your last home, spices or candles (if those things are allowed in your shipment/move), photos of the friends that you’ve just left behind, as well as a photo of any pets who may still be en route, or in quarantine, a set of plasticware so you are ready to eat (plates, silverware and napkins), a roll of toilet paper, several lightbulbs and even a paper towel roll. Don’t forget a nightlight and extra phone chargers, including a wall charger
- Pack a Travel Kit: Pack things you will need to keep “on your person” during the move. These items may include your checkbook, credit cards, keys, small tool kit, paper plates, cups, towels, aspirin, first aid kit, as well as your suitcase and personal items for the next few days.
One Day Prior to Moving Day:
- If required by your movers, disconnect and prepare major appliances for the move.
- Set aside your Travel Kit in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.
- Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box “FIRST NECESSITIES” and “LOAD LAST”.
- Obtain cash to tip the movers.
- Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.
- If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.
- Remember to arrange for a locksmith to come or otherwise change the locks on all the doors in your new home.
- If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.
- Note all utility meter readings.
- Make sure the packing crew knows NOT to pack your “New Owner/Resident Box”!!
- Make sure the packing crew knows to pack your “First Necessities” box LAST on the truck!!!
- Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place.
- IMPORTANT: Do an inventory of your items and note anything that has been damaged or broken! These days, the crew who unpacks is very unlikely to be the same crew that packed on the front end.
- On a cross-country move, unless otherwise planned for, your move costs may need to be paid for before delivery.
- Supervise unloading and unpacking. You will need to be present with the inventory checklist to check off the boxes as they are unloaded.
- Be prepared to pay your mover with cash, certified check, or by credit card unless other arrangements have been made in advance. We suggest you tip your movers and we also like providing lunch, just to encourage some extra special unpacking care of your precious belongings!
We hope these tips will help you stay stress free and organized as possible during this phase of your moving process!