Organizing your relocation must go beyond calling moving companies and hoping for the best. There are a lot of things to do when relocating to make the experience fun and exciting rather than stressful and tiring.
We asked professional movers for tips and guidelines on making a relocation strategy, and they recommended the following:
The Best Tips for Organizing Your Move
First, before you begin, you need to know how much money you should save before relocating. You’ll want to save a good amount of money beforehand, and then somewhere around 6 – 7 weeks before the relocation, you’ll want to:
- Locate 3 moving companies in your area;
- Verify that they’re well-rated, insured, and licensed;
- Obtain non-binding estimates;
- Compare prices versus services rendered;
You’ll want to ask a lot of questions when getting your estimate, such as:
- Is packing included?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- Can you list all services included in the price estimate?
- How long is the estimate valid?
- Do you offer estimates on-site?
Once you do this, you’ll have a much easier time working through the next steps:
5 Weeks Until Relocation
During this week, you’ll want to do a few things:
- Downsize: Donate or get rid of any items that you no longer want. You can even hold a garage sale to make some money here.
- Create a Room-by-Room Analysis. Now, go through each room and create a full inventory of the items you have. Also, be sure to separate any items that fall into the downsize category.
Downsizing will help you make the relocation easier and may even save you money on your big move.
4 Weeks Until Relocation
Your moving date is approaching rapidly, and it’s now time to get everything together. You have a lot of items to pack, and this means getting a few things:
- Boxes – make sure to get a variety of sizes
- Packing tape
- Packing bubbles
- Tissue paper
- Plastic sheets
- Box cutters and scissors
If you have large items or a big wardrobe to move, you can often find custom wardrobe boxes or crates. Labels are going to be even more important because they’ll help you transition into your new space easier because you know what room each box belongs to.
Note: You can skip this step if you pay for packing through moving services.
3 Weeks Until Relocation
You’re just a few short weeks from your move, which means that it’s time to start packing your belongings. Here are some tips:
- Create a packing plan for your household items. Your plan should include a master inventory list with the contents of each box.
- Start packing items that are used less often, like those in your garage, storage, or attic.
- Towards the end of the week, pack items you use less often, like holiday decorations and off-season clothing.
- Pack your belongings on a room-by-room basis.
- Group like items together in boxes.
- Wrap fragile and delicate items carefully.
- Fill boxes all the way – don’t leave empty spaces. Add newspapers or padding materials to fill in empty space.
- Don’t put too many heavy items in a box.
- Label and seal boxes before stacking them up for moving day.
- Schedule the disconnection of your utilities (phone, electric, internet, etc.)
- Schedule the connection of the utilities at your new address.
2 Weeks Until Relocation
Your move is just around the corner. Here’s what you should focus on this week:
- Pack bulky items, like your furniture. Disassemble furniture if necessary.
- Pack up your kitchen items, taking care to wrap fragile items.
- Change your address on important accounts, including your bank account and credit card accounts.
- Start clearing out your fridge and pantry of perishable items.
1 Week Until Relocation
With the move days away, it’s time to tie up any loose ends.
- Gather information for moving services, including your new address and your information sheet for packers.
- Pack any remaining items.
- Keep small valuables with you and take them with you on moving day.
Consider packing a small bag with essentials for moving day.
Moving is always a stressful, time-consuming process. If you follow the tips for relocating above, we’re confident that your move will be as stress-free as possible. A little preparation can go a long way in ensuring that you make the move far better for you and your family.