Moving may be stressful and intimidating, but it can be easy and hassle-free with the appropriate preparation and organization. Hiring a reputable moving company may make all the difference in streamlining the process and ensuring a smooth transfer, whether relocating across town or the nation.
We have included a thorough list and calendar of chores in this guide to assist you in staying organized and making your relocation as simple as possible. We’ve covered everything from finding the perfect moving company to packing up your belongings and settling into your new home. Let’s dive into the details and make your upcoming move a stress-free and organized journey.
Moving Checklist and To-Do Timeline
A well-planned move will be easier. This moving checklist will help you get started.
If you’ve ever moved across the country or even across the street to a new house, your last move probably ended in two words: “Never Again!” You don’t have to stay in one place for life. You’ll find yourself again surrounded by boxes and tape.
This moving checklist will help you to make the move easier. It includes what to do and when to complete each task to reduce stress. You can print it and check off each item week by week. “I’m Home” may be your last two words when you move again.
Two Months Before
- Sort and purge
Decide what you want to keep in each room and what you don’t need. Consider whether certain items require extra packing or insurance coverage.
- Research movers
Investigate moving companies. Request an on-site quote. Do not rely solely on a phone estimate. Be sure to get a written estimate from each company with a USDOT Number. This shows that the company has been registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation and is bound by its safety standards.
- Create a moving binder
This binder is a great way to organize all your moving documents, including receipts and estimates.
- Organize school records
You can transfer your child’s records by going to the school where they are currently enrolled.
Six Weeks Before
- Purchase Supplies
Purchase moving boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers. Order specialty containers such as dish barrels and wardrobe boxes.
- You can’t use it if you don’t want it.
Use up items that you do not want to move.
Check the room dimensions of your new home and ensure that larger furniture pieces will fit through the doors.
One Month Before
- Select your mover, and confirm the arrangements.
Choose a moving company, and receive written confirmation of your moving date, cost, and other details.
- Start packing
Pack the items you use the least, like the waffle maker and croquet set. Note special items that may require extra insurance from your moving firm. Declare in writing any items worth more than $100 per pound. This includes computers.
Label and number every box clearly with the contents and room for which it is intended. You can keep track of all your possessions this way. Label and pack “essentials boxes” with items you need immediately.
- Separate your valuables
Add important documents and jewelry to a box you carry to your new house. In this box, place the estimate from your mover. This will be useful for reference during the move.
- Change your address
Fill out the form at your local post office or online at usps.gov. In case you have any stragglers in your mail, ask a neighbor to keep an eye out. You should check in with your neighbors two weeks after the move and again later.
- Notify important parties
Notify the following companies of your move: Banks, brokerage firms, and your employer’s Human Resources Department. Also, notify magazines and newspapers that you subscribe to and credit card, insurance, and utility companies.
- Medical records forwarded
You can arrange for your medical records to go to a new provider or get copies.
Two Weeks Before
- Plan to take time off work for the moving day.
Tell your boss you’ll be responsible for the relocation that day.
- Tune up your car
Ask the mechanic if any services are needed to prepare your vehicle for climate change.
- Cleaning out your safe deposit box
Remove the contents of the safe deposit boxes from your old bank and place them in the new safe deposit boxes you will take on the day you move.
- Moving companies: Contact them
Confirm your arrangements.
One Week Before
- Refill prescriptions
Prescriptions that you will need in the coming weeks are available now.
- Pack your suitcases
Finish your general packing at least a few weeks before the moving date. Pack suitcases with enough clothing for each family member to last a few days.
A Few Days Before
- Defrost your freezer
You should empty, clean, and defrost your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day.
- Double-check all the details.
You should confirm the moving company’s arrival time and any other details. Also, it would help if you gave the staff-written directions that are exact to your new house. Include your contact information, such as a cell phone number.
- Plan your payment
If you still need to do so, you can pay for your mover and tip with cash; a cashier still needs to do it, or a 10 to 15% tip is appropriate if the staff did a great job. If your move was difficult, you could tip up to $100 per mover. Refreshments are always appreciated.
Check that the moving company that arrives is the one you hired. The USDOT number should match that on your estimate. Scams do occur.
- Take Inventory
Before the movers leave, sign the Bill of Lading/Inventory List and preserve a copy for your records.
Moving does not have to be stressful and chaotic. Following our detailed checklist and timeline, you can make moving easier and more organized. We have given you the tools you need to make a smooth transition. It is wise to hire professional movers to help you with your local move. This will ensure that the process goes smoothly and without stress.
We at Professional Movers understand the difficulties of moving and are dedicated to making it as easy as possible. Thanks to our skilled employees and effective service, we can handle all moving elements, from packing and transportation to unpacking. Call us today to schedule your move. You will enjoy the convenience of working with a reliable company and have peace of mind. Start your stress-free moving today!
Why use a moving checklist?
Make Lists and Organize. Make a list and then organize everything by room. Sorting everything by room before moving will increase the likelihood that your boxes will land correctly. Unpacking is quick and simple.
What is the first move?
Gathering the necessary supplies is the first thing you should do after finding your new house. Buying moving supplies for a few months will ensure you are ready to move on a moving day.