Moving Across Town? Here Is the Checklist You Don’t Want to Miss
By: ROS Team
Moving across town can be a different situation compared to moving across the country. While you may think you don’t need to hire a moving company, some companies specialize in interstate moving. Short moves require just as much planning as long-distance moves, so ensure you have the following squared away before the day comes.
8 Weeks Before the Big Move
- Search for a new home and make an offer as soon as possible.
- Put your home on the market or if you’re renting, let your landlord know.
- Inventory all your things with pictures.
- Research moving companies.
- Request an estimate from the moving company.
- Create a budget for what you need and what you want.
- Research the local schools if you have kids.
7 Weeks to Go
- Read all documents before signing with a moving company.
- Confirm the moving company is certified and insured.
- Request any necessary time off from work for moving day.
- Prepare for a yard sale or garage sale to happen in about two weeks.
- Consider how you’ll move big or fragile things like pianos or pool tables.
- Get a storage unit if you need to store some of your belongings.
6 Weeks Left and Counting
- Ask friends for help if you’re making the move yourself.
- For a DIY move, reserve a truck well ahead of time.
- If you’re hiring professionals, decide on the moving company you want to use.
- Order and pick up any necessary moving supplies like boxes and bubble wrap.
- If you have kids, let the schools know you’re moving.
- Take pictures of every wired electronic going with you so that you can reassemble later.
- Begin dismantling unneeded furniture and bag all of the hardware together.
- Take inventory of any minor repairs that you need to make in your current home.
5 Weeks – Time Is Moving Fast
- Pack a little bit every day.
- Fix any minor repairs that you noticed the week before.
- Consider color-coding and labeling all of your boxes to find them easier at the end.
- Donate unneeded items and keep track of all tax deduction receipts.
- Create a packing timeline for what you have left to pack.
- Sell items on social media platforms or other online apps.
- Host a garage sale or yard sale.
- Search for all personal records like birth certificates, passports, and medical.
4 Weeks and Your Head Is Spinning
- Confirm your moving company reservation date and time.
- Alert your utility companies that you’re moving in a month.
- Declutter even more and decide what else needs to go.
- Toss whatever can’t be donated or used before moving and put out a little each week.
- Pack one room at a time, thinking about what you’ll need your first few nights.
- Update your picture inventory.
3 Weeks and You Know It Is Coming
- Update your new address on all of your accounts and subscriptions.
- Update your new address with insurance companies.
- Update your address with your employer, payroll, and government offices like the IRS.
- Go online and pick a date to start having your mail forwarded.
- Hire a babysitter or ask a friend to help watch your kids as packing goes into high gear.
2 Weeks – It’s So Close
- Confirm dates and times with your moving company again to make sure nothing changed.
- Confirm your dates with your employer.
- Gather all important documents.
- Take everything you don’t need to a storage unit to make room to clean out your current house.
One Week Left Until Moving Day
- Clean your current house.
- Complete errands like picking up your moving truck the day before moving day.
- Pack most essentials and create an essentials box.
- Keep an eye on the weather, so you’re prepared.
- If you’re renting, plan for a final walkthrough with the current landlord.
Moving Day Has Arrived
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
- Take your essentials box with you.
- Hand over the keys to your realtor.
- Start getting comfy in your new home.
Following a Checklist Makes Moving Easier
Moving can be super stressful because there are so many moving parts that make up the whole process. By having an easy-to-follow checklist, you’ll be more likely not to miss anything. Use this checklist as a jumping-off point and add things that may not be on here for the best possible experience, even if you’re just moving across town.
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