Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Moving Day Timeline

When you’re planning for a move, keep in mind that almost everything will take longer to do than you expect. The best way to keep on track is to plan ahead and stay organized.  Full Article

Eight Weeks:

  • Line up Movers
  • Look into truck rental prices or tips if you are doing it yourself
  • Make an inventory of everything you own
  • Make piles of what goes into the truck, car or trash
  • Consider where you want to place place your furniture in your new home
Six Weeks:
  • Clear out our closets
  • Have a yard sale
  • Transfer your children’s academic records to their new school
  • Transfer medical records to your new doctor.
Four Weeks:
  • Reserve a truck or trailer for a DIY move.
  • Confirm the booking with your moving company.
  • Arrange to have the movers come over two days before moving day, if they are packing for you
  • Get boxes and packing tape, if you are doing it yourself
  • Start packing out-of-season clothing and other items you won’t need right away.
  • Fill out change-of-address cards at the post office.
  • Notify friends, family, the bank and your insurance agent of your new address.
Three Weeks:
  • Arrange to have the utilities disconnected a few days after the move.
  • Get the utilities set up at your new residence.
  • Start packing room by room
  • Arrange for a babysitter on moving day if you need one.
  • Reserve the freight elevator in your building for moving day.
Two Weeks:
  • Arrange to move plants and pets
  • Get rid of items you’re not allowed to move, such as gasoline and propane
  • Line up helpers to assist with loading your rental truck.
  • Consider hiring a plumber or electrician to disconnect appliances you plan to move
  • Keep Packing... 
One Week:
  • Open your new bank accounts if you’re making a long-distance move.
  • Drain gas and oil from any power equipment you’ll be moving
  • Pack a bag of first-night essentials, including a broom, dustpan, garbage bags and light bulbs.
  • Finish packing and keep the vacuum handy
Moving Day:
  • Supervise the move.
  • Strip the beds
  • Disassemble furniture
  • Ensure that everything gets on the truck.

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