Moving can be a pleasant experience if you prepare properly. With the right planning and preparation, you can check all the items off your to-do list and keep your stress level to a minimum. To prepare for your move like a pro, the biggest key is organization.
Here are some tips to help you organize your belongings to make your move easier…
Take an inventory of each room in your house. Give away or throw away items you no longer need or consider having a rummage sale. Don’t waste money storing or moving things you will no longer use.
Create a binder or a moving folder either in a notebook or on your computer. You can use this as a moving checklist to organize a timeline and any paperwork, like contracts, receipts and important personal documentation.
Then make sure to carry your important personal documents with you on moving day. Things like passports, social security cards, birth certificates, and any financial documents relating to your new home should only go with you.
Another helpful tool is a moving checklist. Generally, it’s helpful to plan your move in weekly increments: 8 weeks, 4 weeks, 2 weeks and so on. This way you break your move into smaller projects that you can easily tackle. Here is a quick checklist to get you started:
4–8 weeks before
- Inventory your belongings
- Get rid of things you don’t need
- Research your moving service options
3–4 weeks before
- Choose a moving service
- Get your packing supplies
- Plan your travels
0–2 weeks before
- Update address and utilities
- Pack your belongings
- Clean your old home
If you plan to hire professional movers, get at least two or three quotes. You can save money buy doing some or all of the packing by yourself. Movers will typically prepare and inventory of items to be moved, so be sure all quotes are for identical items. Also, take your own inventory of your belongings and estimate. This is an important step, so be sure that you account for everything you own. You can not only use this inventory list when you hire a moving company but on shopping for insurance as well. Consider taking a photo or video of expensive items in case they are damaged during your move. And always make sure you moving company is insured.
If you aren’t moving in a hurry, you can start to pack up your home in stages. Start boxing up any off-season clothes and items that you rarely use as early as you can, especially if you aren’t going to use them before you move. The last items on your packing list should be your important documents, moving day dog kit, and your “open first” box which contains the essentials for the first days in your new home.
Make a list of who to notify of your change of address like the Post Office, Schools and Insurance Agent. Update your address early for any magazine and newspaper subscriptions you have. While you’re at it, be sure to update your driver’s license.
Consider what you’ll want up and running as soon as you move in. Electricity, gas, and water will be top of the list followed closely by TV and internet service. Transfer all of your utilities before you move to make the transition as seamless as possible.
Lastly, make arrangements for children and small pets to not be present on moving day.
If you’re organized moving can be painless and enjoyable!