Have you ever asked yourself which aspect of moving house has proven to be the most important and fundamental requirement for the outright success of a residential move?
Ask your friends and you’ll get all sorts of answers that may or may not be even close to the truth.
However, ask a moving expert and you’ll almost certainly hear the single word that can actually make or break a household move: organization.
Why and how to create your personal moving calendar?
To organize your move properly, you will definitely need the assistance of a moving checklist to keep you on the right track and save you loads of valuable time in the end. The moving timeline checklist you’re advised to create is nothing more than a detailed to-do list with the purpose of reminding you what you need to do next, and equally important – when to complete the move related task in question.
To make your weekly moving calendar work for you the way it should, you’re going to have to do a couple of fairly simple things first – to customize and then to prioritize your moving timeline and checklist.
Moving calendar customization
It’s good to have in mind that your house moving calendar is not really yours until you adjust it to reflect the reality of your own household move. While a great deal of tasks are found to be common for all, or almost all residential moves taking place in the country, a good number of jobs will be unique for your case and should be marked as such in the moving planner checklist you’re about to create soon enough.
The trick to reaching a good customization level is to borrow generalized pre-move tasks and then modify them to satisfy your personal needs and requirements. For example, the moving checklist entry Take care of your pets should quickly be customized as Take Max to the vet for complete medical checkup first thing Monday morning.
Moving calendar prioritization
Besides making your moving calendar checklist your own by personalizing it, it’s equally important to prioritize your detailed to-do list as well. The important thing to understand here is that not all move related tasks have the same urgency labels attached to them.
So, in order to be completely ready with your preparations prior to your moving day, you’re going to have to distribute the jobs according to their relevant priority. For instance, packing up your bathroom has a relatively low priority compared to, say, packing up your storage areas. This is so not only because you will need your bathroom items until the last possible moment, but also because doing it is much less complicated and time-consuming than going through your as garage, basement, attic, or closet, sorting all the belongings there and packing them for safe transportation.
Your personal week-by-week moving checklist
Only you know what personalized and prioritized tasks your week-by-week moving calendar will contain. Nevertheless, it’s essential to have a good solid foundation to build on your moving planner calendar.
Read on to learn some of the most important general moving jobs you are expected to complete from 8 weeks before Move day to all the way until a few days after your move is over. And more importantly, you’re encouraged to borrow some of the move related ideas below in order to compile your own moving checklist.
Let the moving countdown begin!
- Find a reputable and affordable moving company for your local or cross country move;
- Create a moving calendar to better organize your pre-move time;
- Create a detailed home inventory to get a better idea of what exactly you have to move;
- Get rid of all belongings you now longer need or want to save big on your transportation costs;
- Get yourself a binder and keep all your essential move related paperwork in it.
Find out more: What to do 8 weeks before Moving day
- Think about renting a moving vehicle if you intend to perform a local self-move;
- Obtain all required records before it’s too late – medical records of all family members, including your pets, as well as school records of your school-aged children;
- Get hold of appropriate packing supplies for the packing marathon which should have already started;
- Change your postal address either in person at your local post office or online;
- Start the search for a new health care provider at your destination;
Find out more: What to do 6 weeks before Moving day
- If you haven’t started packing up your house for a move, one month before your moving day is the right time to initiate the process;
- Learn what items you shouldn’t pack for safety reasons and don’t waste your time preparing them for transportation;
- Prepare an open first box and fill it up with your absolute essentials;
- Don’t forget to label up your packed boxes for easier identification when you arrive in your new home;
- Cancel all your subscriptions to services and memberships to avoid overcharging.
Find out more: What to do 4 weeks before Moving day
- Arrange for the disconnection of your current utilities shortly after moving day and contact the utility companies in your new city to have the major city services switched on when you arrive;
- Have your car serviced to avoid problems on your relocation journey;
- Take your pet to your family vet for a full medical checkup;
- Consider hiring packing help if you feel like you’ve fallen behind schedule.
Find out more: What to do 3 weeks before Moving day
- It’s time to contact your moving company and see whether everything is going according to plan;
- If you have small child or a pet, think about asking or hiring somebody to take care of them during the most chaotic day in a house move – Moving day;
- Think about disassembling your big furniture pieces to speed up the packing process;
- Reserve the elevator both at your starting point and destination to save time and avoid troubles on Moving day (if applicable).
Find out more: What to do 2 weeks before Moving day
2 days prior to Moving day
- Think about how to move your valuables, and don’t make the mistake of handing a valuable item to your movers unless you can’t possible move the item in question by yourself;
- Clean your refrigerator or/and freezer and let it dry out completely;
- Finish up the packing process or plan to complete in the next day or so;
- Finish up ALL moving preparations or schedule to finish them in the next 2 days;
- Contact your movers to reconfirm the conditions and terms of your contract.
Find out more: What to do 2 days before Moving day
- Set your alarm clock for an early start;
- Check your home thoroughly for forgotten items;
- Be there when your movers arrive;
- Be extra careful what documentation you are given to sign;
- Prepare some cash for tips if you’re satisfied with the work of your hired men;
- Give the truck driver your exact address and directions how to get to your new home;
- Secure your home and begin your relocation journey.
Find out more: What to do on Moving day
2 days after Moving day
- Initiate the time-consuming unpacking process;
- Write a moving review about the services of your moving company;
- Register your car by visiting the local DMV office in your new city;
- Begin the long and tough acclimatization process;
- And don’t forget to smile.
Find out more: What to do 2 days after Moving day