I personally love to move, but I’m told it doesn’t rate high on most peoples lists of things to do. If you’re not a fan, the best thing to do is make a plan and stick to it. The last thing you want to do is wake up on moving day un-prepared.
a few months before the move….
- Start calling movers! Moving day will be here before you know it.
- Create a moving binder to keep track of all the necessary paperwork, include contracts and contact information. Just don’t pack this away, you’ll want to keep this handy so you have it the day of the move.
- Start sorting and purging. If you’re not going to take it with you, get rid of it. Decide what should be donated and what should be thrown away.
- Order or start hoarding boxes. You’re going to need a lot of them.
a month before the move…
- Start packing. Make sure you clearly label each box with what’s inside and where it goes. Example: Blankets/Master Bedroom. Do not wait until the week before to pack. There are a lot of items in your home that you do not use on a daily basis and can be packed this far in advance.
- Go to the post office or to your online to usps.gov and change your address. Call your bank, credit cards, all the important people and let them know your new address.
- Arrange to be off work and if necessary child care. It’s good to have the kids involved in the process but trust me they will get tired and bored of this way before you do.
- Call your insurance agent. Do you need to make any changes to your policy?
- Call the utilities. Let them know your moving. Set up utilities for your new home. (Electric, Gas, Water, Trash, TV and Internet)
a few weeks before the move…
- Start planning your meals, the goal here is to use up everything in your freezer and your cupboards so you don’t have to move it.
- Measure furniture and doorways, you’re going to want to make sure everything will fit.
- Get rid of all the extra paint cans, etc., that you will not be taking with you or leaving for the new home owners. If you live in Minneapolis, visit this site to find a location near you.
- Cancel your paper, let the cleaning people know you’re moving.
a few days before the move…
- Defrost the freezer.
- Mow the lawn.
- Clean, showers and bath tubs. Dust. This will make it easier for you on moving day.
- Make sure you have cash to tip the movers and bribe your children.
the day of…
- Get up early and have a nice breakfast, or better yet, go out for breakfast so you don’t have to clean the kitchen.
- Help, direct movers and anyone that is assisting you in this process.
- Clean the home before you leave.
- Start unpacking the boxes that hold what you will need immediately; kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.