Pre-Moving Task-list for a Stress-Free Move
Are you looking for ways to keep your moving day as effortless and hassle-free as possible? The crucial thing to accomplishing that is not to wait until the last minute to get things done. To avoid problems on moving day, you should start the pre-moving process at least two months beforehand.
This useful moving checklist will help you stay on track as you get closer to your moving day.
Two Months to Moving Day
Create a moving budget. Conduct research by contacting moving companies and self-storage facilities for estimates.
Have a folder to compile quotes, receipts, legal and financial documents and helpful information related your moving process.
Rent a self-storage unit in advance. This helps you clear out your home and feel less cluttered. You may opt to move your valuable directly into your storage unit as soon you as pack them up, and decide later when to have them moved to your new home.
Make reservations with your moving company to get the date you want, or decide if you are going to do the move yourself.
Scout the new neighbourhood for specifics on housing, schools, services, transportation, and childcare.
Six Weeks to Moving Day
Purchase decent quality packing supplies to avoid breaking or damaging your belongings. You should begin decluttering your house, and sorting items into things to keep, donate or throw away.
Begin with your attics, basements, and the rooms you rarely use. Then tackle your closets.
Colour code each of the boxes and list what is inside and where they are going. You can create a master sheet with specifics about each box as a catalogue of everything you have packed.
You should then decide how you are going to package and move plants and valuable items. Also, be sure to plan for your pets on moving day.
One Month to Moving Day
Set up your new address at the post office, and mail out “change of address” cards to family, friends, and companies that send you mail. Remember to update newspaper and magazine subscriptions, and your driver’s license and automobile insurance with your new address. Also update records for medical, dental, the vet and your children’s schools with your new address.
Call off or switchover your utilities and services to your new home.
Two Weeks to Moving Day
Application for final meter readings for your home utilities.
If you are moving across cities or provinces, you may want to close and transfer your bank accounts and safety deposit boxes.
Prepare an information folder about your house for the new owner. Leave your new address so they can forward any mail that shows up.
One Week to Moving Day
This is the time to start using up the food in your refrigerator, and clean all your appliances.
Clean off bulky items like your lawnmower or snow blower and cover them in plastic bags to avoid gas or oil spills. You should not travel with flammable items, such as paint and gasoline, so it would be wise to throw them out or leave them with someone who would find them useful.
Pack a “quick box” or two with items that you may need right away in your new place. This might include cleaning supplies, rags, scissors, light bulbs, small tool kit, garbage bags and other essentials. Keep the box readily accessible so it is the first thing you unload when you get to your new home.
The Day Before Moving Day
Pack some food, snacks, and beverages, and a travel bag with enough clothes and toiletries to cover the first few days of your move.
If you are moving with your refrigerator and large furniture and wedge the doors open with an empty toilet paper roll prior to moving them.
The Big Day
Keep an eye on where your “quick box” is so you will have what you need on hand. Make space for the movers, and arrange carpets or cardboard to avoid scratching the floors.
Strip all beds and cover the mattresses with mattress bags, then conduct a final check of all the rooms, cupboards and storage areas to ensure nothing gets left.
Lock all the windows and doors and lower the heating or air conditioning systems. If the new owners are not moving in straightaway, switch off the water and lights.
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