Moving to a new house can be overwhelming and stressful. While you can hire a furniture removal company to help out on the day, there is still so much to organise. Make your moving day easier by sticking to a weekly to-do list.
Planning your move in 6 weeks
- Get rid of all the unnecessary stuff in your house. There are a number of organisations you can donate to.
- Notify your landlord in writing if you’re renting.
- Check your home insurance policy to make sure you are covered from the day you move in.
- If you are moving to a new area, research banks, doctors, and schools. Gather all the proper paperwork you need to set up new accounts.
- Contact Mini and Maxi Movers for a quote at the best price – you will be sure to get expert personal service
- Make a list of businesses you will need to contact in order to change your address. Don’t forget to include your online accounts too.
- If you have children, work with the current and future school to transfer school records and make plans for a smooth transition.
- Begin packing items that aren’t used frequently. Seasonal items, rarely used gadgets, and items stored in the attic or basement are a good place to start.
- Purchase moving supplies including boxes, packing material, tape, labels, and box cutters. Remember to order special items like dish boxes, wardrobe boxes, and mattress bags if your mover is not supplying them.
Make a room-by-room packing schedule and start packing!
- Pack boxes tightly and add cushioning between items if necessary.
Remember to mark boxes with fragile items with a clear “FRAGILE”.
- Do not pack fragile items at the top or bottom of the box.
- Make sure your boxes are sturdy and properly sealed. Especially underneath.
- Mark all boxes clearly. A good way of doing this is by marking them according to the room they belong in. To make it even easier, colour code your boxes e.g. red stickers for kitchen, blue for lounge etc.
- Gather valuable paperwork, jewelry, and small family heirlooms. Keep these special items separate from your moving boxes and make a plan for transporting them by hand or via a trackable shipping service with insurance.
- Do an inventory of high-ticket items and videotape or photograph these items. Note any existing scratches, dings, or damage to your furniture.
Put in for vacation time at your job for the days surrounding your move and schedule a babysitter if needed.
- Put together a packet for the new owners of your home with any warranties, vendor recommendations, and a note with your contact information in case they have questions or need to forward you mail.
- If you are moving major appliances, make sure that they’re cleaned, unplugged, and ready to go. Freezers need to be defrosted and you may need a professional to disconnect gas lines on particular appliances.
- Fill prescriptions and make sure that everyone has packed medications they need in their suitcase.
- Dispose of all flammable items that can’t be transported (paint, chemicals, aerosol cans).
- Back up all computers and have a plan in place for checking e-mail and paying bills online while your computer is in transit.
- Get each family member to pack a suitcase like they are going on a two-week vacation. Remember all toiletries and comfortable clothes for unpacking.
- Check in with your moving company one last time and confirm that everyone is on the same page. Reconfirm the moving-day arrival time as well as cell phone numbers and last-minute details.
- Utilities should be turned off in your current home one day after your move-out date.