Two Months Before the Move
- Sort and purge. Go through every room of your home and decide what to keep and what you can part with.
- Research. Start investigating moving company options. Do not rely on a quote over the phone or online; request an on-site estimate.
- Create Your Moving Survival Guide. Create a notebook to keep track of everything related to your move including: all your estimates, receipts, and an inventory of all the items you’re moving.
- Organize school records. Go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.
Six Weeks Before
- Order supplies. Order boxes and other supplies such as tape, Bubble Wrap, markers and moving labels for each room in your home.
- Use it or lose it. Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.
- Take measurements. Check room dimensions at your new home during your home inspection, if possible, to make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit.
One Month Before
- Choose your mover and confirm the arrangements. Select a company and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.
- Begin packing. Start packing the things that you use most infrequently, such as camping gear. While packing, note items of special value that might require additional insurance from your moving company. Make sure to declare, in writing, any items valued over $100 per pound, such as a computer.
- Label. Clearly label and number each box with its contents and the room it’s destined for. This will help you to keep an inventory of your belongings. Pack and label “essentials” boxes of items you’ll need right away. Ask TBH Real Estate for your free moving labels.
- Separate valuables. Add items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home. Make sure to put the mover’s estimate in this box. You’ll need it for reference on moving day.
- File a change of address. Stop by your local post office and fill out a change-of-address card, or online at usps.gov. Check in with your neighbors, two weeks after the move, and again two weeks after that for any mail that may have shown up at your previous home.
- Notify important parties. Alert the following of your move: banks, brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, credit card, insurance, and utility companies.
Two Weeks Before
- Arrange to be off from work on moving day. Notify your office that you plan to supervise the move and therefore need the day off.
- Contact the moving company. Reconfirm the arrangements.
- Clean out your safe-deposit box. If you’ll be changing banks, remove the contents of your safe-deposit box and put them in the safe box that you’ll take with you on moving day.
- Tune up your vehicles. if you’re moving to a new climate, take your car(s) to a mechanic to consider what services might be needed.
One Week Before
- Pack your suitcases. Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.
- Refill prescriptions. Stock up on prescriptions you’ll need during the next couple of weeks.
A Few Days Before
- Defrost the freezer. If your refrigerator is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.
- Double-check the details. Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the movers.
- Arrange for payment. If you haven’t already arranged to pay your movers with a credit card, get a money order, cashier’s check, or cash for payment and tip. If the staff has done a great job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a nice tip. If your move was especially difficult, you might tip each mover up to $100. Having refreshments on hand for the moving crew is always a nice touch.
Moving Day- It’s Finally Here!
- Verify. Make sure that the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired: The USDOT number painted on its side should match the number on the estimate you were given. Scams are not unheard-of.
- Take inventory. Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.