It’s hectic, stressful, exciting and just a little bit crazy but moving to a new location typically yields big benefits when you’re finished. If you want this major task of your life to go smoothly, check out this timeline that will keep you organized.
Eight Weeks Out
Set up a moving folder on Google Drive where you can store everything related to your move: helpful online articles, inspirational Facebook memes, pictures, receipts, and other records. Then you won’t be searching through your paper files for that cute cat picture you found that you want to paste on your pet’s moving box.
Ask the boss for a day off during your moving weekend. Make it a Friday, so you have the rest of the weekend to set things up. Get rid of stuff you don’t want to take with you by organizing a garage sale. You can use the money you earn to buy more moving supplies. Donate anything that doesn’t sell.
Six Weeks Out
Visit supermarkets, office supply stores, restaurants, and liquor stores looking for boxes to use for the move. Start labeling your boxes using different colored pens, tapes, or stickers for each room. Don’t forget to mark FRAGILE on boxes containing glassware, porcelain, and other breakables.
Start packing a little bit of your stuff each day. Use T-shirts, socks, towels, and other linens as packing liners. Wrap glasses, porcelain figurines, and other delicate items in thick towels for protection.
Four Weeks Out
Start gathering everybody’s important info including birth certificates, medical and dental records, passports, school papers, and other documents. You’ll need all this data to enroll your kids in new schools and to find dentists, doctors, and other services at your new neighborhood.
Start searching for the utilities you’ll need in your new home to replace the ones you’ll be shutting down at your old place, such as electricity, water, and trash. To save money, look for bundles that tie together your cable TV, Internet, and phone and schedule installation for those services.
Two Weeks Out
Use everything in the fridge and freezer to create two weeks worth of meals that you can just heat and serve. This will give you time to get your fridge ready for the move.
Get the little ones out of your hair by arranging babysitters or play dates on moving day. You'll also want to find a place to park your pets, such as at an animal daycare or with a friend.
Have your mail forwarded and send change-of-address forms to magazines, banks, and other service providers. Don’t forget to tell your dear friends and relatives your new address. Update the contact information on your driver’s license, car registration, and insurance.
Need to amp up your moving timetable or get more advice? Then give True Friends Moving a call and we’ll be happy to help you out.