If you know where you are going, the journey becomes easy. The same holds true when you are planning a move. You need to be aware of when to get things done and in what order to keep your relocation well organized and stress free. Here are a few factors that you need to consider while planning your move –
Two months before the move
Go through the contents of cupboards, drawers, and closets at least a couple of months before the move to identify the things that you do not want or need. You can thereafter hold a yard sale, or donate these unwanted items to charity. Get moving estimates from at least three moving companies and select one that can take care of your specific requirements within your budget.
Six weeks before the move
Make travel arrangements, if you are moving out of town. Inform your children’s schools about the move. At this point in time, you would also have to contact new schools for information pertaining to enrollment.
Get copies of medical records of every member of your family. Ask for recommendations about doctors in the community you are planning to relocate.
A month before the move
Alert utility companies about the discontinuation of services from the day after you move out. You can also get in touch with service providers in your new neighborhood to get the utility services activated, preferably several days before you arrive at your new home. For information on utility services, you can contact the chamber of commerce in your new town.
If you are packing on your own, this would also be the time to procure packing supplies and start packing the boxes.
One week before the move
With one week to go, you need to finish packing all the heavy and expensive items and keep them ready to be loaded onto the trucks. This would also be the time to arrange payment or deposit for movers. Make sure that you have the necessary cash to pay the movers for their services and also as tip.
Coordinate with the moving carrier and provide them with the address and direction to your new home. Make sure that the moving company you have selected has your phone number so that they can contact you in case of any emergency. If you have pets, consult a vet and obtain the necessary health certificates.
Pack the suitcases that you would be carrying with you. Carry important financial records and documents so that they do not get misplaced. Pack the first night box with clothes, toiletries, and a few utensils that you might need in the new house when you have not unpacked everything.
On the day of the move
Make sure that you are there with the people from the moving company you have selected as they register your possessions and make condition reports. Sign the bill and keep your copy in a safe place. After the movers have finished their job, take a final tour of the premises to lock windows, turn off lights, and make sure that all the doors are secure.
A well-planned move can save you a lot of stress and make the overall process quick and simple.