To make the moving process more manageable we recommend that you breakdown the moving tasks into a weekly Moving To-Do List. By chipping away at the moving process week-by-week you will save time and money and ensure that you experience the stress-free move you deserve.
Week 8: MOVERS
Booking a moving company should be done sooner than later to ensure that you have the support you need on the day of your move. Start with a free moving and storage quote from Republic Moving and Storage. When your personal moving specialist arrives for your home-walk-through you will want to discuss any specific needs and detail any special circumstances that they may need to know at your new home such as: stairs, elevators, loading areas or unique items you need moved. It’s important that you cover every item you want moved (including: basements, attics, backyards, garages etc…) to ensure that your estimate is accurate and everything you want moved is moved on moving day. Once the home-walk-through is complete your moving specialist will discuss with you your list of moving support options tailored to your specific needs. Our moving specialists will also provide education on moving insurance options, the right questions to ask your homeowner or renter’s insurance provider and moving tools and tips to help you stay on track.
WEEK 7: ORGANIZE
Start a moving binder that contains all your moving-related paperwork, important phone numbers and any documents you may need on hand (not packed away).
If you are moving out of your current area now is the time to start researching new schools, doctors, veterinarians, banks and utilities.
Before you start to dissect the house consider taking a family photo to preserve your memories.
Start stocking up on moving supplies: boxes, tape, Sharpies, bubble wrap, packing paper. Speak with your Republic Moving and Storage Moving Specialist about specialty boxes (wardrobe, appliance, and computers) and/or special crating needs.
WEEK 6: DE-CLUTTER & PACK
Label three boxes/piles for each room to have on hand throughout the process: Donate, Toss and Sell and be ruthless with each room. If you haven’t used it, fixed it, repaired it or thought about it in months chances are you can live without it. Plus making money selling unused items or donating them to your local charity for a tax write-off sounds a lot more appealing than moving items that you don’t use.
If you are doing the packing yourself Week 6 is when you want to start the process for items that you don’t need on a regular basis. We recommend packing off-season. For example if you are moving during the summer time start packing up the holiday decorations and winter clothes. Moving in the winter time? Think beach umbrellas, boogie boards and summer clothing for items to pack first.
Once you get through the off-season items start in on the never-used items such as clothing that you haven’t worn or were ‘saving’ to fit into one day. Start decluttering by adding to your donate/sell boxes.
Pack / declutter items that are ‘stored’ such as sporting goods in the garage or memorabilia in the attic or basement.
Remind yourself that the more you declutter/eliminate items that you don’t use or will never use— the less you have to pack, move and unpack.
WEEK 5: ELIMINATE
Start eating down your food namely refrigerated and frozen items.
Try to buy only staple items when grocery shopping until after the move.
Donate the first round of items you have collected during your decluttering phase to a local charity.
“Sell” items can be sold online or by having a garage sale. If it doesn’t sell, graduate it to the donate pile.
Toss out / recycle items that are not working or worthy of donating or selling.
Pack items that are not needed or ‘non-essentials’ in the next few weeks such as: chinaware, appliances that you don’t use regularly, books, DVDs, board games or any memorabilia you may have skipped over.
Keep de-cluttering with each room/area that you pack by placing items in their respective “Donate, Sell, Toss” boxes.
WEEK 4: GET THE WORD OUT
Fill out change-of-address with U.S. Post Office.
Update all businesses, services, online accounts and utilities with your new address.
Transfer home owners or renters insurance to new address.
Provide notice of cancellation or transfer for all home services: cleaning, lawn care, home deliveries, newspapers etc… If you are moving out of the area this is also a good time set up new home services at your new home.
Confirm date, time and details of your move with your Republic Moving Specialist.
Notify Schools if you have children. Get copies of records and start the enrollment process at the new school.
Obtain copies of medical records and/or have them transferred.
Notify landlord if you are moving from a rental. Find out when you can have your security deposit refunded. Also schedule a time for a walk-through after the movers have left your old place.
WEEK 3: BOOK UP YOUR SCHEDULE
Request time off before and after your scheduled moving day
Book a babysitter or arrange for a trusted family member to watch children and pets on moving day preferably off-site.
Make arrangements for your house plants to get to your new home.
If possible, bring your children and pets by the new place to allow for some familiarity to form so the transition is easier when they do get to the new home.
Have your car serviced if you are doing a long-distance move. Confirm your car insurance is updated.
Pack. Pack. Pack with a vengeance.
WEEK 2: TIE UP LOOSE ENDS
Confirm Address Changes
Schedule utilities to be turned off in your current home one day after the move
Schedule utilities to be turned on in the new house a couple of days before the scheduled move
Empty gas from the lawn mower, weed whacker and any other gas-run items you will be moving.
Recycle any hazardous items that cannot be transported: paint, aerosol, gasoline, paint thinners, propane, and chemicals)
Coordinate your valuables and important records. You don’t want valuable items or important items to be packed away so keep them in a safe location so you can move them yourself.
By week two your home should be, for the most part, boxed up and ready to go. Make sure everything is labeled clearly to ensure a smooth transition.
Put together a Welcome Packet for the new tenants/owners with any warranties, service/vendor recommendations and a note with your contact information if they have questions or need to forward any mail.
WEEK 1: CRUNCH TIME
Evaluate your ‘Donate – Sell – Toss boxes’. Since you have been consistently been packing and de-cluttering each week you most likely will have additional items to donate to your local charity of choice. If working/ usable items haven’t sold by now we recommend loading them up with the other donations and making one last trip to the donation center.
Back up all computers
Pack a weekend bag for each family member (furry family too!) to take with you and not on the moving truck. It should have a couple of changes of clothes, toiletries, favorite toy and medications. For furry family members you should have packed a supply of food, water and food dish, bedding and favorite toy.
Pack an essentials box to take with you. It should have fresh linens to make the beds, towels, shower curtain, some disposable dishes and cutlery and anything that is a ‘must-have’ during the first night and morning at your new home.
Check in with your Republic Moving Specialist to confirm moving-day arrival time, contact numbers, and any last minute details.
Schedule a cleaning service to come in and do a quick clean after the movers leave the old place.
Schedule a cleaning service to do a quick clean before the movers get to the new place.
All items that are non-essentials should be packed, labeled and ready to go.
1 DAY BEFORE THE MOVE
If you are moving major appliances, make sure that they’re cleaned, unplugged and that your freezer is defrosted and wiped down.
Have overnight bags, important documents and valuables on hand and ready for you to move.
Pack up any ‘essential items’ that remained unpacked for the last week. Everything should be packed, labeled and ready to go.
Have cash on hand on moving day for tips, gas, tolls, takeout food or any other moving day expenses.
Get a good night’s rest. Moving day is a big day!
Work with your movers throughout the moving process to make sure that everything is loaded, fragile items identified in the loading process and any questions that they have for you are answered.
Don’t forget to do a full sweep of the house before the movers pull away. Check…then double check… cupboards, closets, the backyard, attic, basement and any other nooks and crannies where items may have been overlooked.