Make sure your move is smooth by creating a moving checklist.
Moving is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. Thankfully, a little planning makes a big difference, and getting a head start on seemingly minor tasks goes a long way. Help take the stress out of moving with this moving checklist: your step-by-step guide to avoid last minute packing and scrambling that will help guarantee a smooth move.
Two Months Before Your Move
Research moving companies and schedule an on-site estimate
Start getting rid of unwanted stuff. Sell, donate or recycle items you don’t want to move
Order necessary packing supplies, like boxes, bubble wrap and markers
Create a moving binder or folder for moving expenses, receipts and other related documents
Start using up goods and supplies you don’t want to move, like beauty products, nonperishable foods, etc.
Notify your doctor(s), dentist and veterinarian, ask for referrals, and have your medical records forwarded
Set up any travel arrangements required for the move, such as rental cars, flights, hotel rooms and pet care
One Month Before Your Move
Select your mover and moving date, and get the details in writing
Start packing items you’re unlikely to need before your move, like fine china, camping equipment and specialty kitchen appliances
Be sure to label each box with its contents, the room it should end up in, and any other helpful info (i.e. “Fragile”)
Receive an appraisal on your pricey items so you can insure them for your move
Submit a change of address. You can do this at usps.com or at your local post office
Give your new address to your bank, insurance company and other important parties
Notify your employer if you need the day off
Two Weeks Before Your Move
Double-check the arrangements with your moving company
Return any rented or borrowed items, like movie rentals and library books
Clean out your bank safe-deposit box, storage unit and so forth
Refill prescriptions as necessary
Make sure your car is road trip ready if you’re driving long distance to your new destination
Schedule a disconnect date for water, gas and other utilities
Cancel or reroute scheduled deliveries and services, like magazine subscriptions or lawn maintenance
One Week Before Your Move
Finish packing boxes
Don’t forget to pack suitcases for the everyday essentials, like clothes and toiletries
Make sure to empty and defrost your refrigerator a full day or two before moving day if you plan to take it with you
Reconfirm the details with your moving company
Plan accordingly for the payment, and don’t forget cash for tipping the staff (If your movers do a good job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is typically customary)
Check and sign the moving company’s inventory list, and put your copy in your moving binder
Make sure you have your moving company’s contact info in your moving binder
Pack pet food, litter and any other remaining essentials
Enjoy your new home!
For more information on how to make the best of your upcoming move, call our Melbourne office at (321) 254-2770 or call us in Orlando at (407) 447-2773. We’re happy to help!