How to Organize a Move: What to Do Weeks Before Moving Day
Published on: 7 May, 2020
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Moving can be a daunting process. When you know how to organize a move, the process isn’t as intimidating. Here’s what to do weeks before moving day.
You’ve got a big move coming up. You’re excited, but nervous as well. After all, transferring your possessions from one location to another is no simple task.
While your anxiety is certainly understandable, it doesn’t need to remain. With just a bit of planning, you can eliminate it entirely.
Need help with your moving schedule? Then read on. We’re going to tell you exactly how to organize a move.
8 Weeks Out
When you’re 8 weeks out from your move, you need to start organizing it conceptually. This involves jotting down notes in a notebook and storing move-related documents in folders or binders.
One document you need to create (or find online) is a moving checklist. This will detail the many responsibilities that need to be handled prior to and during the move-out day. Once this document has been created, store it in your move-related folder.
During this week, you’ll want to also make a list of items that aren’t coming with you. By getting rid of unnecessary items, you’ll lighten your load and ease some of your anxiety.
It’s also a good idea to start looking for moving companies. If you don’t have any in mind already, you can find viable ones by searching “moving companies in [your area]” on Google.
7 Weeks Out
7 weeks out is a good time to start gathering moving materials. These materials include boxes, tape, bubble wrap, markers, and other such entities.
Note, you can often find boxes for free at grocery stores, liquor stores, and the like. Of course, if you wish, you could pay for them as well.
During this week, you’ll also want to start doing away with your unwanted items. You can sell them in a garage sale, package them up and take them to a thrift store, or just throw them into the trash.
6 Weeks Out
6 weeks out is a good time to handle administrative business. For instance, if you have children, you can call up their school and let the administrators know that a move is occurring soon. If you’ll be switching doctors, you can call up your doctor and ask for copies of your medical records.
If you’re moving to a different town, city, or province, you’ll want to read up on its local rules and regulations. How soon will you need to register your vehicle? How soon will you need to obtain a new license? Reading up on these things now can save you a lot of stress later.
5 Weeks Out
When you’re 5 weeks out, you should book the moving company of your choice. During this booking, you’ll need to schedule a date and a time. So, before you make the call, make sure that you have a general idea as to how the move-out day will go.
4 Weeks Out
You’re now only a month out. This is when things start to get serious. As such, you should start packing up some of your items.
Note, though, that at this point, you should only be packing the non-essentials. So, if you don’t plan on using it over the next month, make sure to put it in a box. Some items that fit this bill include toys, photographs, knick-knacks, and ornamental entities.
During this week, it’s also a good idea to schedule the canceling of your utilities (ie. gas, electric, internet). This way, there will be no chance of you paying for services that you didn’t utilize.
3 Weeks Out
When you’re 3 weeks out, you need to start thinking about your food situation. Since you likely won’t be taking your food with you, you’ll want to make sure that you’re not overstocked. Do the math to ensure that most of your food is gone by moving day.
Have pets? If so, you need to figure out how you’ll move them. To keep their anxiety to a minimum, you’re advised to move them in your own vehicle.
Note, this is also a good time to transfer your home or rental insurance and formally change your address.
2 Weeks Out
2 weeks out is packing time. During this week, the vast majority of your possessions should go into boxes.
It’s important not to pack possessions haphazardly. Make sure to organize them strategically and label their boxes accurately. This way, you’ll be able to unpack them with ease.
Have valuables? Keep them separated from other items and watch over them like an eagle. The last thing you want is for them to be lost.
During this week, it’s also a good idea to start cleaning. If you can, clean unneeded rooms and sequester them from the rest of your residence.
1 Week Out
You’re now only a week away from the move. As such, you should be putting the finishing touches on your planning.
First thing’s first, call up your moving company. Make sure that they’re coming at the agreed-upon time.
If it’s a long-distance move, you’ll also want to pack up a suitcase. This suitcase should contain a few changes of clothes as well as essential hygienic products.
This is also a good time to have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic. He or she will locate any mechanical problems, and, if necessary, will change the oil.
By move-out day, you should have all of your possessions packed up. You should also have cleaned the entirety of your residence.
Wake up on the day of, get yourself ready, and keep your folder of move-related documents handy. Your movers will be here soon!
Now That You Know How to Organize a Move…
Now that you know how to organize a move, you can start setting yours in motion. Need a little help doing so? If so, Metropolitan Movers is the company to call.
We provide moving services of all kinds from short-distance moves to long-distance moves to packing services and more. Regardless of your moving needs, we can accommodate you.
Contact us now to get the process started!