Moving: A Step by Step Checklist to Get You Ready

Moving can be the single most stressful time in a person’s life. You’re not only uprooting your life, you have to make sure that nothing is forgotten in the move. There are so many small details that need to be remembered that it’s important to have a checklist to facilitate the process.

9 Practical Tips for Moving Day1. Before Moving

The move starts the moment that you find a home or that you know you’ll need to move. Don’t wait until the last minute to start this process since it could take a few weeks. Start purging your unneeded and unwanted items, and make sure you have set up and transferred your information, bills, and services from one home to another.

2. The Great Purge

This is the chance to start fresh without all the clutter and junk. Donate, sell or giveaway items that you no longer need. Trash anything that doesn’t sell. If you are downsizing, it might be a good idea to put some of your stuff in storage if you don’t have time to go through it before the move. Once you’re into the new house, you can take those things out of storage and decide what you actually want to keep, and what you don’t have room for.

3. Transferring Info, Bills, Services, Etc

If you know the date of the move, schedule utility transfer in advance. Make sure you’ll have electricity at your old home and your new one overlapping so that you’re not without basic utilities. Forward your mail and subscriptions that are delivered. Cancel lawn care and other maintenance in advance too. It can be hard to remember these things before the move, but they’ll make the transition much easier!

4. The Move Out of the Old Home

The day before the move, defrost and clean the refrigerator. Have water on hand for the movers, and either keep non-perishable food on hand for everyone or be prepared to eat out that day. Disassemble the furniture the night before the move. Beds can be done the morning of the move. Inventory your items before they are loaded into the truck. Pack a suitcase with some of the essentials you’ll need for your first few days in the new home.

4. Moving into the New Home

Arrive before the movers so you can direct them. The boxes should be properly marked but you’ll want to make sure the furniture is delivered into the correct rooms. If you have time before the movers arrive, give the new home a deep cleaning. It’s likely that there’s dust on the counters and floors from being empty. Once the movers arrive and load your items into the new home, check the items against your inventory list. With a checklist and a plan, the move doesn’t have to be stressful enough to make you run screaming. It helps to be organized and prepare to make the move long before the day of the move itself.

Author Bio

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, women’s interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. She got her advice on moving from the professionals who run Santa Monica storage facilities.

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