Once you have gone through the tedious task of gathering estimates, comparing and then finally choosing a moving service that best meets your needs, you then have to start dealing with the preparations for moving day. Preparing in advance and being organized will help you avoid mishaps that can occur during your move. Our professionals recommend starting preparations eight weeks in advance.
We have provided here a detailed checklist for you to keep at hand during your preparations for moving day and during the moving process itself. Once you have set a date for moving day, you can make your own calculations when you should start according to our checklist.
6-8 weeks before moving:
Create a Folder where you will keep moving estimates, receipts, and bills related to your move. Keep record of your moving expenses, you can deduct them on your income taxes.
Finalize Moving Details – By now you should have finalized all the details related to your move, meaning that you have already chosen a moving service and settled on a moving date and booked any additional services you might need. If you plan to move between May and September, which is the busiest time for moving companies, then get your estimates even earlier – at least 4 months in advance.
Determine which items you wish to keep and which you want to dispose of – Organize a yard sale or donate items you don’t need, a lighter load can cut costs on your move.
Packing Supplies – Collect packing items either from the moving company in question or from retail stores, grocery stores, and supermarkets.
Travel Arrangements – Make all travel arrangements such as hotels, flights, car rentals at this time
Return Borrowed Items – Start returning items that you may have borrowed from friends and family.
Arrange for Transfer of School Records – begin the process of registering in the new school where you are relocating too.
Gather Medical Records – Organize your medical records and keep them aside in an easy to access the folder.
4-5 weeks before moving
Change of Address – Contact your post office and inform them of the change of address so that mail may be re-routed to you. Inform friends and family, utility companies, banks, and financial institutions, credit card agencies, subscription providers of your change of address.
3 weeks before moving
Travel Arrangements for Pet – Make arrangements for your pets to be moved. Get your pet’s health checkup done at your veterinarian. Get appropriate inoculations done. Pets require health certificates that are not more than 10 days old, arrange for this certificate to be obtained at the correct time