Moving home is undoubtedly one of the most stressful activities, as there are so many things you need to take care of and even a slightest problem can aggravate and disrupt the whole process. While it’s true you can’t anticipate every problem, you can greatly reduce the risk of things going wrong by carefully preparing.
So, if you don’t want stress to ruin the day when you’re supposed to start a new chapter in your life, make sure you use a checklist and start preparing well in advance. Here are some things you should do in different timeframes to make the whole process as smooth as possible.
Two months before the big day
This is when you should have the first draft of your checklist ready and, if you’re not doing the whole thing with a little help from your friends, contact a moving company or, better yet, book one of those affordable moving vans. Next, you need to schedule the date and set the budget, which should include the cost of movers, new furniture you’ll have to buy immediately and the food you’ll be ordering, since it’ll take some time before your new kitchen is ready for use. Finally, this is the time when you need to start collecting boxes and getting plenty of packing tape, since that’s what you’ll need for next steps.
One month before the big day
You need to begin sorting through your things by getting rid of the things you won’t be needing any more. If those things can still be used, consider donating them to someone in need, give them to a friend or sell them.
Make sure various providers (gas, electricity, cable TV and Internet) are informed about the fact that you’re moving. Also, if you have a pet, you might arrange with a friend or a pet sitter to spend those few days with them, because you won’t have enough time.
Inform your bank you’re changing address and, again, try to get rid of as many things as possible before packing and moving. You might have a garage sale and thus boost your budget a bit.
Two weeks before the big day
Now is the time to actually start packing those things that are not essential, and make arrangements with a cleaning company to clean up the place as soon as you leave. The earlier you schedule the cleaning day, the better chances of finding a company that can meet your expectations. Finally, check with your boss if you can get a day or two off for the actual moving day.
One week before the big day
Make sure you properly label each box, writing not only what the content is, but also which room it belongs to. This should ease and speed up the unloading process. It’s also a good idea to number the boxes and know exactly how many of them you’ve got. One box should contain all the essentials that you’ll need for the first night.
This is also the period when you need to make sure you have enough cash for the day of moving to pay the movers and order food for all those landing a hand.
The big day
This is the most critical day, since you have to think about leaving your old home in accordance with the agreement you have with the landlord and about settling into your new home. Once you’ve made sure you’ve left nothing behind, take out the trash and clean up the place. If you have pets and children, this is the time for them not to be with you, since they are likely to cause more problems than help. Switch the lights off, say goodbye to your old home and leave the keys with the landlord.
Before your safely packed belongings arrive in a moving van, you should remember to open any gates that provide access to the building or the house. Make sure you walk through the place with the new landlord before you put a single box in, since you’ll need your security deposit back at some point in the future and you don’t want any disputes to arise.
Your clearly labelled boxes will soon reach their destination, you’ll pay and tip the movers, provide pizza and cold beverages to your tired friends and you’ll unpack your priority box. Depending on the amount of energy left, you may be able to do more, but don’t push it. Your new home is not going anywhere, so get some well-deserved rest and get ready to enjoy your new home for years to come.
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