Moving Guide

Moving can be stressful. After all, a person has a lot to do before moving into a new home. Not only do large pieces of furniture need to be handled but there are many clothes, mementos, papers and other items to organize, pack up and move. It can be hard to know where to start, especially since people still have work or school to attend. The following moving guide will help people understand where to manage this process.

8 Weeks before the Projected Move

Never wait to the last minute to pack up a home. This can be disastrous. Starting early ensures that a person is organized and prepared. Eight weeks before the move:

1. Research different moving companies’ rates and offerings. Some groups charge by the hour, others have packing services and supplies and other companies will pay per project, depending on the distance of the move.
2. Decide on the movers. Once the company has been selected, one should be clear about moving dates, when the trucks will arrive and if packing services and supplies are needed. Smart people will get everything in writing before the move.
3. Know what is being moved. Understanding which items will go to the new apartment or house, which will go to storage and which will be donated or thrown away is important. This makes it easier to sift through the home, plan a yard sale and slowly get rid of unwanted items.
4. Gather together documents. Important paperwork like birth certificates, insurance documents, prescriptions, medical forms and other items should be placed in one place, preferably a fireproof lockbox. This ensures that such items are easy to find and are not lost in a move or during packing.
5. Check out new neighborhood. People should know where the local grocery store and post office are located as well as area schools, the police and fire stations, local parks and other local attractions.
6. Update insurance details. When moving, it is important to update insurance companies. This is especially true for all home and contents insurance. One can also submit a change of address but should pay special attention to the start date.

5 Weeks before the Big Move

1. Invest in supplies. It is important to gather together necessary moving supplies. This means everything from boxes and tape to Styrofoam or plastic bubble to keep valuable safe.
2. Inform phone, cable, and electric companies, among other groups. It is important that all banks, clubs, government groups, and utility companies know about this move. This means that a person will never move into a home without electricity. Address and service switches are generally easy in today’s day and age.
3. Register kids for school. It is important that kids are registered for any new schools. This would be the time to also start packing up their rooms and recreation or playrooms.
4. Consider the pets. If moving with pets, one should talk to his or her veterinarian for tips on this process as well as for updated medical records for the animals.

2 Weeks before the Move

1. Consider the valuables. Valuable can be easily broken or stolen. This is why it may be important to keep these in the trunk of one’s car.
2. Get the car tuned up. Prevention is the best way to ensure that moving day goes well. This is why it is wise to have a car looked at. During an oil change, the vehicle can be checked to ensure there are no issues.
3. Move things to storage. Now is the time to move all items not going to the new home. This means cleaning out the basement and attic.
4. Pack what isn’t needed. Smart people will start packing anything that is not used daily. This could mean old toys, photo albums, sweaters, and more.
5. Invest in a pet- or baby-sitter. If there are kids in the house, or even a pet, it is important to invest in a sitter so that one doesn’t have to think about them running around during moving day. This will relieve stress and prevent accidents from happening.
6. Dismantle electronics. All unnecessary electronics should be disassembled. It is important to back up all documents before the move. One never knows what will happen on moving day, and it is important to protect valuable work files, photographs, and other items.
7. Throw away flammables. Everything from cleaning supplies to matches and other hazardous items should be thrown away before the move. They could spill and become a huge issue. People can buy new chemicals and supplies after the move.

1 Week Before the Move

1. Make sure your items are labeled: 'fragile', 'load first', 'load last', and 'do not load'. This is important to ensure the safety of your items.
2. Ensure that your moving company knows the correct address and phone number your new home. If possible, also provide them with an address and phone number to get in touch with you until you get to your new home.
3. It is important to empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least a day before moving.
4. Make plans flexible, make arrangements in case of delays. Confirm travel arrangements and keep items you will need while the rest of your belongings are in transit.
5. Pack a box separately with the things you will need immediately upon arriving at your new home. For example - snacks, disposable plates and cups, bathroom items and trash bags.

Moving Out Day

1. Label all boxes. It is important to label boxes so that movers know which items are fragile, which should be loaded first and last, and which need to be kept aside for the person’s own vehicle. Additionally, this ensures that a person knows what is in each box.
2. Confirm addresses and numbers. People should confirm that the moving company has the necessary contact information and understands where the new home is located.
3. Clean the refrigerator and associated items to ensure they are clean, defrosted and that mold will not grow.
4. Place essentials into a separate box or bag. Items like snacks, cups, cutlery, important clothes and toiletries and other items needed immediately upon moving should be easy to access.

Moving Day

1. Smart people will double-check all closets, drawers, shelves and attics to ensure all items are packed up.
2. Lock the doors and windows.
3. Make sure the apartment or home is clean.
4. Supervise the moving process. This ensures that the movers are careful when loading and carrying items.
After Moving Day
After the move, smart people will make sure that all items are present and undamaged. If in a new state, one will then have to apply for a new drivers’ license. Understanding one’s surroundings and unpacking one box at a time makes this process easier. Smart people will have some cash on hand to make it easier to pay for groceries and essentials.