One of the most important things you can do when you find out you have to relocate is to have a seat, grab a pen and paper, and make a plan. Your moving strategy will be your go-to when it comes to staying on schedule and not overlooking some of the most critical objectives. Take a look at some of the core components to make sure you include them in your home moving plan to ensure they are as efficient as possible.
1. Budget for the Move
Your moving budget will tell you exactly how much you have to allocate towards moving expenses. This monetary guideline will help you ensure that moving costs do not eat into your everyday living expenses. The better you plan, the less likely it will be that you will put yourself in a financial bind.
2. Create a Moving Timeline
Your timeline will tell you what needs to happen at each point in time in the days leading up to the move. Treat this as a schedule; list the days and weeks you have left and notate what needs to be done by specific dates or what you have to do on certain days. Your timeline may look something as follows:
- Four Weeks Before Moving Day – Schedule movers, secure packing supplies, notify your landlord
- Three Weeks Before Moving Day – Contact utility companies, pack garage, clean out the attic
- Two Weeks Before Moving Day – Arrange for a pet sitter, pack laundry room and storage areas
- The Week of the Move – Finish packing the kitchen, pack bathrooms, create moving essentials boxes
- Moving Day – Move packed boxes to the front of the house, clear path to outlying rooms, disconnect appliances
3. Develop a Moving Supplies List
Any well-planned move involves gathering the supplies you need and having them on hand. The fewer trips you have to make to grab boxes, packing tape, or otherwise, the better. So be sure to make a list of all the packing supplies you know you will need. Remember to consider:
- How many boxes you will need for each room
- Items you have that are fragile enough to be wrapped in protective material
- How you will label your boxes
- If you need moving blankets for large decor pieces
If you want to get even more technical, set a budget for supplies and look up prices for different supplies.
4. Start a List of “Don’t Forget” Items
The “don’t forget” list is an essential part of your moving plan, even though it is a component that many people will overlook. This specific area of your project should encompass all of those little objectives that you think of along the way that you can easily forget. Here is a list of things from The Spruce that could help, but a few other things to include:
- Double-checking connect/disconnect dates with the utility company
- Turning off the water main
- Picking up your outdoor yard art, decor, and belongings
- Scheduling the moving company in advance
- Changing your address at the post office
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Your moving plan can simplify how you handle the transition from one home to the next. However, if you need a little more help throughout the process, be sure to contact us for a free quote and find out how we can help.