Don’t stress out! If you are planning to move to a new house, this guide is for you. This is how to plan and prepare for a household move.
Moving can be a challenging time but remember that you’re not alone. According to the latest census, almost 31 million people moved during the year 2019. That’s almost 10% of the population.
With so many people relocating, moving has become a common activity but that doesn’t mean we all do it well. So read on to get an idea of how to make your move a positive experience.
Set Up a Timeline
When you’re getting ready to move, you probably have a place in mind. You may be using a mortgage calculator to find homes in your price range. Once you have an accepted offer on a home though, the clock starts ticking on your move. Before getting started packing, you’ll want to set up a schedule.
Ideally, two months is a good timeline but may not always be possible. If that’s not possible, then condense this list into a shorter time frame. Your first decision will be to decide whether you’re hiring movers or doing the work yourself. There are pros and cons to both choices but if hiring movers, then some of the work will already be for you.
If you have two months, the first one should be spent taking inventory of your items, discarding items that won’t be moved, and getting any packing supplies needed. It’s also a good idea to rent any equipment or storage space that may be needed.
This ensures that you won’t get stuck without the items you need. This is a great time to declutter your possessions as well.
Four Weeks Before Moving
About a month before the move is a good time to start packing. Start with the non-essential items such as off-season clothing, books, and general decor. Any outdoor and stored items can also be packed. While starting to pack, label each box with the general contents and ideally the desired location.
Putting location labels such as kitchen or dining room will help you when unpacking. If traveling or using a moving company, call them to confirm.
Two Weeks Before Moving
Two weeks is going to be a busy time. It’s a good time to contact all of the utility companies and arrange to have a transfer of service. You should also start to fill out change of address forms or change any necessary addresses on your credit card and other accounts. This can take some time so it’s best to do it before you move.
This is also a good time to start cleaning and shutting up rooms as you pack them up. Continue to pack and leave out approximately one week’s worth of essentials so that you’ll have it ready to go for the new house.
Pack an essentials pack and you’ll be ready to go. Once you’ve gotten these items crossed off your list, you’ll be in good shape for moving day.