Moving home is the most daunting task. It’s no wonder ranked as life’s most stressful event. A good way to reduce stress is to develop a calendar that starts six weeks before your move. This calendar will serve as your “countdown” to moving day. It will help you do things in an orderly manner which will also save time and money.Make your move an overwhelming experience!!!
Here is our handy checklist to help make your transition, a real smooth process.
6 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
Order boxes and other supplies such as tape, Bubble Wrap, and permanent markers. Don’t forget to order specialty containers, such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.
Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.
Check room dimensions at your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door.
Take an objective look at what you own, and decide what must go and what can be left behind. Books you’ve read and will never read again. Extra weight costs more money.
If you have a lot of things worth selling, you may want to organize a garage sale.
Complete Canada Post change of address forms; mail to media, stores, organizations.
Obtain copies of all medical, dental, legal, accounting, and veterinarian records.
Contact moving companies to get estimates. Pay attention to cost, but also ask them what they’ll do to make your move as smooth as possible.
5 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
Get your kids involved in the moving process. Allow your kids to do some supervised packing, or let them suggest a layout for their new room. Make it fun and exciting for them to move.
Contact utility providers (e.g. telephone, gas, electric, cable TV and trash collection) at new and old locations with your moving date to make arrangements for connection and disconnection. Doing this now is preferable to doing it after you move.
Complete banking arrangements in old and new location and transfer any funds to your new bank if necessary.
4 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
Repair, send out for reupholstery, or clean furniture, drapes, carpeting as necessary.
Make travel arrangements for pets, including necessary medical records, immunizations, etc.
Make a decision on who will do most of or all of the packing. It can be a good idea that you let the mover do most of the packing. The moving company employees know the best methods for keeping items safe and secure as this is what they do for a living.
If packing yourself, start packing seldom-used articles like fancy dishes and glasses, specialty cookware, non-essential clothing, curios, art, photos, and decorative items.
3 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
Return any borrowed items such as library books. Also collect all items that are being repaired stored or cleaned (clothing, furs, shoes etc.)
Consider giving your plants to friends or a charity if you are moving from one state to another.
Whether you move your car with the movers or an auto transport company, you should make your final reservation for a car pick up at this time.
Separate valuable items to transport yourself – Label as DO NOT MOVE.
Keep a box out for storing pieces, parts, and essential tools that you will want to keep with you on moving day – Label as PARTS / DO NOT MOVE.
Gather all your important documents, including insurance coverage, will, deeds, stocks, etc.
Plan your food purchases to have as little as possible in the freezer or refrigerator by the time you move. Use up all frozen items, and buy only what you’ll eat in the next three weeks.
Contact your children’s schools, and arrange for records to be forwarded to your new school district
Hold a garage sale now.
2 WEEKS BEFORE MOVE
Cancel any delivery services such as newspapers. Consider starting a subscription to the newspaper in your new town to introduce you to local news happenings.
Have your automobile serviced if you’re traveling by car.
Be sure to empty secret hiding places to remove valuables and spare house keys.
Arrange for time off from work to prepare for the move and to be present on moving day.
Reconfirm the arrangements.
1 WEEK BEFORE MOVE
Dispose of toxic or flammable items that can’t be moved. Drain the gas and oil from gas-powered tools such as lawn mowers and snow blowers.
Make plans for young children to be cared for on moving day. Arrange for a baby-sitter to watch them on moving day. Since you’ll have your hands full, the extra attention from a sitter will distract the child’s attention from the turmoil of a move.
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.
Double-check to make sure arrangements have been made to disconnect and service your major appliances being moved.
Pack your “trip kit” of necessary items that should go in your car and not the moving van: your checkbook, cash or travelers checks, medications, essential toiletries, light bulbs, flashlight, toilet paper, pet food, spare glasses or contact lenses, baby or child care items, toys and car games for children and your notebook with moving information.
1 OR TWO DAYS BEFORE MOVE
Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer. Clean both with a disinfectant and let them air out. Put baking soda or charcoal inside to keep them fresh.
Arrange for payment to the moving company. Find out your moving company’s accepted methods of payment, terms, and its policy for inspecting your belongings when they arrive to determine if any breakage has occurred.
Leave your forwarding address and phone number for your old home’s new occupants.
If your old house will be sitting vacant, notify police and neighbors.
Plan simple meals for moving day (or take-out food) to avoid using the refrigerator.
Remove linens from the beds and pack in an “open first” box.
If there is time, give the home a final cleaning, or arrange in advance for someone to perform this service the day after moving out.
Lock windows and doors, turn off lights.
Double check all rooms, closets, drawers, storage areas before leaving.
Take Utility Readings (Hydro, Gas, Etc.)
Make sure that the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired, to avoid any scams.
If you arrive before the movers, take some time to tidy up your home (dusting shelves, etc.) so the movers can unpack items directly onto clean shelves.
Unpack your car.
Plan to be present when the moving van arrives. Be prepared to pay the mover before unloading.
Perform an initial inspection, note all damages, and take photographs if needed.
Verify utilities are turned on and working – especially power, water, heating, and cooling.
Once all items are unloaded, unpack only what you need for the first day or two. Focus on creating a sense of home for your family. Give yourself at least two weeks to unpack and organize your belongings.
Whitehill Team is committed to help you with every aspect of real estate transaction. Follow our moving guidelines to enjoy a hassle free move.