Your most recent relocation probably ended with the words “Never again,” whether across the nation or just down the street. However, staying put permanently isn’t always feasible, especially when there are better opportunities elsewhere. You’ll inevitably find yourself surrounded by cardboard boxes and packing tape at some point.
This moving to-do list has everything you need to get things done this time around more smoothly, including the best times to complete each chore to reduce stress. Print it out, check each item off as you do it each week, and maybe your next step may result in the words “I’m home”.
8 weeks before moving day
- Spring clean
Decide what you want to keep and what you can part with by going through each room in your house. Examine your possessions to see if anything needs extra packaging or insurance.
- Research and shortlist moving companies
Start looking into your possibilities for moving companies. Rather than relying just on a phone quote, request an on-site estimate. Get written estimates from each provider, and check out customer reviews posted online
- Create a moving binder/file
Keep track of everything in this binder, including your estimates, receipts, and an inventory of everything you’re relocating.
- Organise school records
If you have kids, go to their school and arrange for the records to be moved to the new school.
6 weeks before moving day
- Order moving supplies
Place an order for boxes and additional items like tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers. Order specialised containers like dish barrels or wardrobe boxes as soon as possible
- Use up your supplies
Start using items like frozen or perishable food, cleaning supplies, and other items you don’t want to take with you.
- Take measurements
Measure each room in your new house to ensure larger pieces of furniture fit through the door.
4 weeks before moving day
- Select your mover and confirm your moving arrangements
Choose a moving company and request written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other information.
- Start packing
Start bringing the items you use the least, like the waffle maker and croquet set. As you pack them, list any valuable items that might require additional insurance from your moving company. Any objects, such as a computer that is worth more than $100 per kilogram, must be declared in writing.
- Label your boxes
Each box should have a clear label and number indicating its contents and the room it belongs in. You may keep an inventory of your possessions using this. Items you’ll need immediately should be packed in “essentials” boxes with labels.
- Separate your valuables
Put valuables like jewellery and important papers in a safe box you’ll bring to your new house. In this box, be sure to include the moving company’s quote. On moving day, you’ll need it as a reference.
- Change your mailing address
Fill out a change-of-address form at the post office near you or do it online. But it’s usually a good idea to ask a close neighbour to watch out for mail after you’ve moved in case there are stragglers. Following the move, follow up with them again two weeks later.
- Notify important parties
Banks, brokerage houses, your employer’s human resources department, magazines and newspapers you subscribe to, credit card, insurance, and utility companies should all be informed of your move.
- Forward your medical records
Obtain copies of your medical records or make arrangements for them to be sent to any new healthcare providers.
2 weeks before moving day
- Apply for leave from work
Inform your employer that you will supervise the move and thus be absent from work on your moving day(s).
- Get your car serviced.
If you’re relocating to a new climate, bring your car to a workshop and ask the mechanic to consider the required services.
- Clear out your safe-deposit box
If you’re switching banks, take everything out of your safe-deposit box and place it in the safe box you’ll be taking with you when you relocate.
1 Week before moving Day
- Refill medical prescriptions
Purchase all the prescriptions you’ll require over the next few weeks.
- Pack your suitcases
Try to complete most of your packing a few days before your move. Next, fill your suitcases with enough items of clothing for a few days for each family member.
2-3 Days Before Moving Day
- Defrost your freezer
Make sure to empty, clean, and defrost your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day if it is travelling with you.
- Reconfirm your details
Make sure you have prepared precise, written directions to your new home for the moving crew and clarify the moving company’s arrival time and other details. Include your phone number and any contact details.
- Plan for the payment
Get a cheque or cash to pay your mover.
- Verify with your moving company
Make sure the moving vehicle from the business you hired is the one that arrives. Scams do occur occasionally.
Moving can be stressful as it requires a lot of thorough preparation and planning. However, choosing the right moving company for the job will make your moving experience a lot easier and less stressful! Print out this checklist to help you with your next move. Better still, get in touch with us for a quote!