If you're preparing to move, you know just how hectic this time can be whether you have an organized moving checklist or not. In fact, British power company E.ON found in a study of 2000 people that 62% of participants rated moving as the number one most stressful event in their life. The event even ranked above divorce and starting a new job. That's pretty telling!
Sticking to an organized moving plan can keep you from becoming too frazzled and overwhelmed.
I've been there. The truth is, no matter how well you plan ahead there is always something unexpected to deal with or last minute issues that come up. I can't promise you that this guide will mitigate every possible circumstance, however, I can promise you that it will help you get your ducks in a row before the big day. Having an organized moving plan goes a long way toward easing the stress of relocating your entire household. I've broken this moving checklist down into weekly tasks so you have a guideline for when to do which ones.
In This Guide
- Moving Checklist - 8 Weeks Prior to Move
- Moving Checklist - 6 Weeks Prior to Move
- Moving Checklist - 5 Weeks Prior to Move
- Moving Checklist - 4 Weeks Prior to Move
- Moving Checklist - 3 Weeks Prior to Move
- Moving Checklist - 2 Weeks Prior to Move
- Moving Checklist - 1 Week Prior to Move
- Moving Checklist Recap
Moving Checklist - 8 Weeks Prior to Move
Before this point, you've certainly already checked out the best real estate websites to find your new home. Two months before your planned moving date you should gather estimates from at least three of the best moving companies in your area. The most accurate way to do so is to get in-home estimates so that the companies can calculate the weight and volume of your items as closely as possible.
If you're concerned about heading off any problems, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has a website called Protect Your Move. The site is dedicated to educating people on their rights and responsibilities with regards to moving companies.
Start a list where you can write down the names of companies with which you'll need to change your address. Don't forget internet accounts such as shopping websites that have your shipping information.
Other tasks for these weeks:
- Set up a folder or file to keep all of your move-related information and documentation in.
- If your company is paying for your relocation, find out exactly which expenses they cover and how the process works.
- Decide how your vehicles will be transported.
- Look into insurance for your valuables.
- Start investigating schools, doctors, and financial institutions in your new location. Begin gathering necessary documentation and arranging for the transfer of records from your current service providers and schools.
- Start collecting packing supplies and designate a dedicated area in your home as a staging area (if you're packing some or all of your own belongings).
- Begin sorting items for donation or a garage sale as you go through your house.
- Start a list where you can write down the names of companies with which you'll need to change your address. Don't forget internet accounts such as shopping websites that have your shipping information.