Selling a home and moving can be a stressful process. The first thing to remember when starting the process is PREPARATION! This guide will help you with easy-to-do steps that will help in your process. This handy guides give you a summary and plan to stay organized as moving day approaches. You can easily adjust the timeline to match your own unique situation.
6-8 Weeks Before
- Make a folder to keep yourself organized, put everything inside this folder as you move through the process. This is a great place to monitor your budget for moving expenses but remember to give yourself a little room for the unexpected expenses that might come up, like take-out on moving day or even a hotel room if you’re traveling far for your new home!
- If you are planning on hiring a moving company, do your research. Be sure to schedule in-home estimates from several relocation companies. Make sure to get prices in writing, and have the company include costs for moving large items like pool tables and pianos and any other costs that “might” occur during your move. Start a list of packing supplies like number of boxes, mattress covers, supplies to secure pictures and wall hangings right down to the packing of your kitchen items.
- If you are planning to move yourself, research truck rental pricing, insurance etc. and make a reservation for the appropriately sized truck you will need as soon as you know a moving date. The truck rental company will have a guide for the size truck you need and boxes for items that you are packing for the move.
- If you are using a moving company for your move, you will want to make an inventory of all your household goods that will be moved to the new home. A moving company should have a template on this procedure.
- Reduce your stuff; now is the time to go through items and decide what you will sell, donate or simply just throw away. De-clutter. Get rid of anything that you do not plan to use in your new home, this will save on time packing and moving items.
- Start using up contents of your pantry, cupboards and freezer. This will be easier than moving perishables to a new residence.
- Transfer your children’s academic records to their new school.
- Find a new doctor and dentist and transfer your medical records to their office.
- Find a new veterinarian for your pet(s).
4 Weeks Before
- Be sure you have locked in the dates of your moving truck at the moving or rental truck company.
- Request time off from work, if necessary, for moving day.
- Gather the moving supplies from your list out of your folder, look for sales on these items, boxes, packing tape and a good old-fashion permanent marker.
- Pace yourself and start packing things you won’t need right away. Start in each room packing out-of-season clothing, household files and books.
- Here is where the permanent marker comes in; MARK all boxes with the Room and what's is inside for easy access and organization. This also helps anyone who is assisting you with your move so they know where boxes go.
- Fill out change-of-address cards at the post office or online at www.usps.gov.
- Notify friends, family, your bank, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions and the IRS. They have a form for change of address.
- Order any appliances, furniture or other goods needed for the new home.
- This is a great time to buy a home safe for important papers, such as birth certificates, passports, legal and health records. The important documents will be easier to travel with you and easy to find in case you need them.
2-3 Weeks Before
- Do more packing, even if only one box a day, don’t let the process get away from you.
- Arrange to have the internet and cable disconnected the day before moving day, you will be busy with last minute items and can then focus on completing anything that needs to be done.
- Coordinate with your agent to schedule utility disconnects at your old house and connections at your new residence.
- Confirm the availability of friends and family to help with the move and make sure to provide plenty of drinks and food for the move.
1 Week Before
- Notify your employer your new address.
- Open your new bank accounts if you’re making a long-distance move.
- Cancel services such as cleaning, lawn care and pest control.
- Find new services for your new address.
- Finish packing. You should be completely packed before moving day with a box or so of moving week essentials. Pack a box of essentials like cleaning supplies, toilet paper or other immediate need essentials for the new place.
- Gather all the keys, remotes, manual and items that you will be leaving for the new homeowner, place them on the kitchen counter so they are easy to find.
- Take note of where your valuables are packed so the boxes are easy to find when you start unpacking.
- Make sure you have enough medication to last through the move. Have your doctor write a new prescription you can fill after you move, if you do not.
- Make sure you clean your old place the best you can, consider how you would like to open the door to your new home and what you would like to find. We all clean our homes differently but if you give the new owners a good start, you are all the better for it.
It’s Here, The Big Day! - Moving Day
- Take photos of your old home to document its condition when you leave.
- Pack securely, safely and be careful lifting those heavier items.
Once you arrive at your new home, unpack the essentials and perishables first. Essentials should be a in a labeled box, next should be any perishables to be placed in the refrigerator or freezer. Then place your furnishings in the intended destinations, along with your labeled boxes. Now take your time and enjoy unpacking your items and personalizing your new home.