Moving is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Whether you’re doing it yourself, asking friends for a little help or hiring professionals, here is your moving guide to help get you through it.
TIP: Weekends and holiday long weekends are busy times for movers and truck rental companies. Book as far possible in advance to ensure you get a moving truck for the day you need to move.
Months Before Moving Day:
1 Month Before Moving Day:
TIP: Many companies now offer the convenience of changing address information online.
TIP: It's a good idea to schedule utility "turn on dates" at least one day prior to the move date and "turn off dates" at least one day after the move to allow for emergencies or issues that may arise.
Weeks Before Moving Day:
A Few Days Before Moving Day:
TIP: Create one "Open Me First" box for specific rooms. You'll need to access certain packed items almost immediately after you arrive, and they need to be packed together in special boxes (one per room) and marked with either bright red markers or special stickers so you can spot them easily.
TIP: Having small children and pets watched on Moving Day can eliminate a lot of stress and confusion on the big day, especially while taking care of all the other important details.
TIP: Today is definitely a day you want to make sure that you’re able to communicate remotely with mover, family members, etc.
TIP: Moving is stressful enough without waking up late and running around with movers waiting outside. Take all garbage out of the house.
TIP: Movers get into huge trouble for leaving anything behind. So many people have been shocked to find their garbage packed into their garbage cans and sent along for the move!
TIP: Make sure nothing is left in the refrigerator, freezer, stove, drawer under stove, in closets, in bathroom, garage, or attic/crawl space.
TIP: If there’s a longer time frame between when you vacate a home and the buyer is moving in, it’s probably a good idea to turn the heat off and shut the water off.
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