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Moving Checklist: How to Prepare For Your Upcoming Move
Each time you move, you become a little bit more of a master at it. With the right moving checklist, you can add to your knowledge and plan just right. Knowing what to do and in what order is a must for any mover, no matter how experienced they are.
Here is your timeline for moving from one house to another.
Two Months in Advance
As soon as you know you are going to move, call and reserve a moving truck or begin to identify moving companies for the relocation.
Now is also the time to sort through and clear out things you no longer use. Start with the attic, basement, shed, closets, and any other storage areas. Set aside items to sell and donate the rest to local charities.
A Month in Advance
If you have enough items to sell coordinate efforts for a garage sale. Get the appropriate permits and advertise for your event.
If you are packing your household items yourself, hit the local hardware store or local moving company for all the packing supplies you need. Begin packing items that you do not frequently use such as holiday decor, seasonal clothing, good china and other such things.
Change all of your utilities, cable, and any magazine subscriptions to your new address for your move date or the day after.
Two Weeks In Advance
Start to round out your basic “survival” pile of things you’ll need for the final few days including cleaning supplies and snacks for the day of your move.
Label all of your boxes as you pack. Whether you’re moving yourself or with hired assistance, it can make organization a little easier if things are separated in advance.
The Week Of Your Move
If you’ve got “change of address” forms, now’s the time to mail them in. You can get them from your local post office or take care of it online.
Clean up the hard stuff now, like the stove or the tub. Don’t leave it until the last minute.
Pack everything else that you need and seal up your boxes before the day before your move.
Pack your suitcase and your last few things into an “essentials” box. This is where your most necessary items will be. If you only unpack one box when you first arrive, it should be this one.
Be around and available when the movers get there in case there are questions. Once the truck is loaded, do one final walkthrough, then you can say goodbye and head to your new home.
Your Moving Checklist Will Be Unique
While no moving checklist will look exactly like anyone else’s, the timeline above is meant to work for anyone. Knowing what to do and when to do it is half the battle. If you can stick to your plan, you’ll have everything in your new home before you know it.
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