The least favorite part of the new home process is the moving process. There’s nothing more stressful than getting from the old place to your new place. That’s why Tal has created the complete guide to moving into a new home. The list will take the guessing out of “What’s next?” If you are wondering what you should be doing pre, during, and post move, this moving guide checklist will help you on this journey. Your new home move should be exciting, not a headache! The 8-week guide of how to pack for a move will keep you on track, and you’ll be sure to have everything done between now and the big day, leaving you plenty of time to celebrate.
Two Months Before the Move
Starting is the hardest part. Don’t talk about planning, start planning! Being 8 weeks out from your move date will give you enough time to make your move with ease. Like every beginning, the journey ahead will seem cumbersome, and there will be a lot to prepare. Take solace in knowing you will be thanking yourself that you got started early. Now hold on to this list and let’s get moving!
Research and Plan – Live and Let Go
A great starting point is to begin to go through each room and decide what you’d like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packaging or extra insurance coverage.
1. Start by organizing. If you prefer digital documenting, create a “moving” file or folder on Google Drive to store the quotes you start to receive, images of receipts, and records related to your move. Or if you are more traditional, you can have a binder to keep all the hard copy files and paperwork. Use this binder or file on your computer to keep track of everything. The fact is that you wouldn’t be able to remember everything, so staying organized helps so you can always have a place to reference. Create a realistic budget for moving expenses. We know you want to hire professional movers, but that new sectional and that wine fridge, but priorities, right?
2. When preparing to move, take care of your family first. Make sure that the kiddos are set up correctly and that you choose a school within the area. If you are moving to an area you are unfamiliar with, Great Schools can help you choose the best school in your area.
Contact the school and find out which transcripts your kids need from their old school and any special school supplies. Having your kids prepared will help with your sanity so that there is no chaos during this transition.
3. Schedule in-home estimates with a Certified Moving Company: Make sure you hire someone you feel you can trust by clicking the button below. Whichever company you choose, confirm that they are licensed and insured by verifying their Department of Transportation number (also referred to as a DOT number).
Some companies will give an over the phone quote. It’s best to always get an on-site estimate and then get in writing. Another resource is your state’s public utility commission, moving association, or Better Business Bureau. Before you sign, read over all documents. If contracts intimidate you, just do the frontend research for each company and learn about the documents you’ll be receiving ahead of time. These contracts during this time are foundational for your moving process so you don’t encounter hiccups later.
4. Block your calendar: Being prepared is a common theme in this list. You have to think ahead and start to look at your calendar moving forward. Request time off of work now for moving day. If your job permits it, plan to take off and move on a Friday. That gives you the rest of the weekend to get yourself organized.
5. Prepare the fragile pieces: Plan how to move your most fragile or unusual items. These typically are complicated versus things you can throw into boxes. These items include pianos, fine art, pool tables or safes. You will also want to makes sure the movers you hire are qualified to move some larger (or more expensive) items, so you may need to hire a specialty mover to do the job like Red Carpet Moving Company.
6. Garage sale time: Try and have fun with this, as you will be sifting through the multitude of items that have been in your house and untouched for some time. Keep in mind, if you didn’t need it before, just because you found it, does not mean you need to keep it. Best recommendation would be to donate anything left that you couldn’t sell. Onward with the new!
Six Weeks Before
Two weeks into the planning process, you should have the top part of the This complete guide to moving into a new home checklist marked off. Now that you have the bulk of the planning process started, research and gathering will start to evolve into action. If you’re moving into an apartment, find out if there are any moving day requirements. There are still dozens of tasks that need to be completed. So keep the checklist close to stay on track. Six weeks out is still plenty of time to get it all done.
7. Make time for friends and relatives before moving day. Squeeze in memories in your current home by throwing a simple dinner party. This is also another opportunity to give away items that you may want to give away and take lots of pictures.
8. Order and/or gather moving supplies. Now is the ideal time to start to order boxes and all the other supplies like tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers. You can also ask friends, family and the Internet on packing hacks to make moving day easier. A pro tip for the boxes is to go to your local grocery store or your current job that may have extra empty boxes. Your employer may also have some extra office supplies that they were about to change out. Everything helps at this point to cut costs.
9. Categorize and labeling: Start by putting your moving boxes into the designated rooms and using different colored stickers/tape for each room. Doing this in the early stages will help later when boxes begin to get thrown into the moving trucks.
10. Document with an inventory sheet: If you any valuables, create a sheet to make sure they are accounted for. Again, as the time gets closer to move, time is of the essence and you don’t want to lose track of the valuable items in transit. It would be best to keep a private list of which boxes you packed your valuables in.
11. Mark your boxes: You will want to mark moving boxes accordingly. For instance, you don’t want heavy relics on top of delicate accent pieces. Start to sort hardware and furniture that may need to be disassembled. Get the appropriate bags for screws, nails and small parts so that you have them for easy reassembly. Start to put excess socks, t-shirts, towels, and linens. A pro tip is to use some of these items and soft lining and extra cushion in boxes.
12. Assess your home: You will want to make sure to address minor home repairs before moving out. Especially if you live in an apartment, or were renting, neglecting this might be the difference between getting your security deposit back, or not.
While you are assessing the old house, look to the new house and take measurements and room dimensions. You will want to make sure that larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door. Measure doorways and stairways to make sure all your furniture will fit.
13. Auto care: Don’t forget about your automobile. Especially if you’re moving cross country, have your vehicles serviced. You don’t want to deal with car problems while you are preparing to move. If your move requires shipping your car, don’t leave anything in it!
14. Research your new community: Here is where you can have some fun in your planning. Check out Instagram and Yelp to find your next new favorite restaurant or shopping area.
15. Use it or lose it: Do you have ice cream or frozen steak sitting in the freezer? Now is the time to indulge in those items. You will not want to move these items that would be hard to keep at a certain temperature. Start using up things that you don’t want to move.
16. Stay consistent: Slow and steady wins the race. And procrastination never works for anyone. Pack a little every day, an hour or so. You don’t want to find yourself scrambling the night before.
17. Map it out: If you’re moving out of town, map out traveling route and book hotels if needed. This would be the ideal time to look for a new doctor, dentist, and landscaper.
One Month Before
That moving feeling should start to become real. Start gathering important documents that you’ll need to bring with you to your new place. You should finalize selling and donating items. It will be a lot easier to complete items on your moving checklist when you’re not overwhelmed with possessions that you neither want nor need.
18. Insurance and legal papers: Purchase moving insurance to cover all your belongings during the move. You also want to gather all financial and legal records in one place.
19. Forward medical records: Arrange for medical records to be sent to any new health-care providers or obtain copies of them yourself and everyone in your home. Gather birth certificates and passports for everyone in your home. Keep these important documents on you during your move.
Ready, Set, Pack!
It’s time to start some serious packing. Remember the special value items that might require additional insurance from your moving company. Make sure to declare, in writing, any items valued over $100.
20. Get in the mood: Make a playlist to enjoy while moving and unpacking.
21. Don’t get caught with fees. Return library books, movie and video game rentals. And remember to pick up clothes from dry cleaner or any items you may have let your friends and family borrow.
22. Pets: Make sure your pets have ID tags for their collars and request copies of vet records and get any necessary pet medication. This would be a great time to check that all your pets have all necessary vaccinations.
23. Finalize moving company: Choose your mover and confirm the arrangements. Select a company and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.
24. Separate valuables. Pack valuable items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home. You can put mover’s estimate in this box and keep it close to you. You’ll need it for reference on moving day.
25. Change of address: Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form, to forward your mail, or do it online at USPS. Pro tip would be asking a close neighbor to look out for mail after you’ve moved. This is a great way to stay in touch with your old home. Two weeks after moving would be a great timeline to check in again.
26. Tell the important parties: You will want to alert your bank, your job human resources department, credit card companies, insurance. Make sure to notify government offices, including the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs if applicable, and the IRS.
Stay Tuned for the Ultimate Moving Guide Part 2 …
We will be posting the second part of the moving guide that will help in the process to find your new home. But don’t wait to begin your search for a beautiful luxury home, and remember Tai Iozef is your real estate agent.