Planning your move can be stressful, whether you’re moving your family around the block or your business across the country. But it doesn’t need to be. Move like a pro by following this timetable and relieve all of your moving worries.
8 Weeks Before Moving Day
- Create a system for keeping computer and paper records of all moving-related contracts, expenses, and notes.
- Make a list of all of your current possessions from clothes to cars and furniture to keepsakes and kitchenware.
- Review your household inventory and start getting rid of the extra stuff you don’t want to take with you. Consider making a donation to a local charity or shelter with your surplus items.
- Research storage solutions which might be temporary or more long-term depending on your needs.
- Consult the floor plan for your new residence to ensure that everything you plan to move will fit. This is also a great time to start deciding where you want to put your furniture.
- Contact your insurance agent to arrange coverage for your new place and items while they are being moved.
- Start looking into how and when to transfer your children’s school records.
6 Weeks Before You Move
- Select your mover. Get written confirmation of all details.
- Purchase, order, or start getting together packing supplies such as boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and any specialty packing items.
- Clear out your closets, attic, basement, and storage spaces.
- Hold your moving/garage sale for items you won’t move, toss, or donate. Do not wait until closer to the moving day as you don’t want the sale to be inconvenient or a distraction.
- Schedule furniture, drapery, and rug cleanings and repairs.
- Research new doctors, dentists, pharmacists, pet caregivers, and other service providers in the area you are moving to. Ask for referrals and do your homework.
4 Weeks Before You Move
- Start filing “change of address” notifications; begin with the post office and think of who else you need to give your new contact information to.
- Start packing if you intend to handle this yourself. If you want Viking Moving to do your packing, schedule and confirm the date and time for the crew to arrive.
- Begin using up canned goods, pasta, and frozen foods that are easy to replace but awkward and expensive to move.
- Gather personal papers (medical and dental records, birth certificates, insurance papers) that you will need to show to various people while settling in at your new place.
- Finalize travel plans and hotel reservations.
3 Weeks Before You Move
- Schedule utility shutoffs and connections. Make sure that you know exactly which services you need for your new place; this might include gas, electric, phone, cable, water, trash, and home owners’ association dues for things like lawn care.
- Schedule the cancellation of your newspaper subscription and update all magazine subscriptions.
- Arrange for childcare and pet care on moving day.
- If necessary, reserve your building’s elevator for the days of pickup and delivery.
2 Weeks Before You Move
- Arrange to move pets.
- Dispose of all items which are dangerous to move, including: flammable liquids, old paint, unused medications, and insecticides.
- Have your automobile serviced and ready for the trip.
- Forward regular prescriptions to your new pharmacy and ensure you have adequate supplies of all medications and supplements you take regularly.
- Check with Viking Moving about moving houseplants.
- Arrange for the storage of items you wish to keep but cannot move at this time.
1 Week Before You Move
If necessary, empty your bank safe deposit box and transfer your accounts.
Make sure you have cash and space on your credit cards to cover unexpected expenses. If you are traveling more than one day, consider purchasing traveler’s checks.
Start cleaning rooms as you empty them, including steam cleaning carpets and scouring the oven. Do not save all the cleaning for a single day.
2 Days Before You Move
Packers will arrive to pack your belongings if you contracted for this service.
Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers for moving.
Disconnect and drain the washing machine and dishwater if those appliances will be moved.
Set aside valuable items you want to carry with you, including jewelry and vital documents.
- Be home and prepared to answer questions and give directions to the moving crew. Stay on-site until the truck(s) is fully loaded and on its way.
- Review the movers’ inventory of what has been loaded. Check the list against the one you prepared two months ago to ensure that nothing is unintentionally being left behind.
- Walk through your home one last time to ensure everything has been loaded.
- Complete the bill of lading and read through it carefully before signging.
- Make sure you have copies of the bill of lading and inventory; keep those until your possession are delivered, charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
- Give the moving van driver directions to your new home.
- Notify the driver and van line of where you can be reached during your move; a cell phone number works well.
- Be on hand to answer questions and give directions.
- You must pay the driver before your goods can be unloaded. Federal law permits a mover to keep all items until payment is received.
- Supervise the unloading and unpacking process.
- Check your possessions carefully for damage and note any breakage or missing items on the inventory before signing off on delivery.
If you have any questions on how to move like a pro, our team is always happy to answer them. Feel free to call us or reach out online at any time.