Use this timeline to plan ahead. If possible, move on a weekday when the roads are less congested and businesses are open just in case you have any last-minute needs. These easy tips will send you out the door feeling organized and prepared.
- Throw away or donate unwanted items found in closets and drawers.
- Stock up on Boxes , Tape , Labels, and other packing necessities.
- Put important documents such as birth certificates and social security papers in a safe place.
- Alert the post office about your change of address. Notify credit card companies, magazines, and other important agencies of your new location with a change of address card.
- Discontinue utility, newspaper, and lawn services. Give utility companies a date of when you want to disconnect services, and let them know of your new location.
- Check to see if friends and family can assist you on moving day.
- Arrange for children and pets to be cared for on moving day.
- If necessary, contact your landlord to ensure a parking spot for the moving crew.
- Create a safe and unobstructed pathway for movers by removing rugs, plants, and hanging items.
- Keep items such as ID cards, checkbook, toiletries, keys, and first aid kit in a handy location.
- Finish packing and labeling Boxes. Keep in mind that dresser drawers and appliances with doors should be secured.
- Disconnect major appliances and other electronics.
- Walk through both residences with movers and take pictures of walls and furniture as needed.
- Let movers know of any valuable or delicate items. Be specific about where you would like certain Boxes to go at your new place.
- After your belongings are loaded into the truck, do one last walk through to make sure you’re not forgetting anything.
- Inform movers of your destination and any helpful directions. Exchange phone numbers with the driver.