Moving….it’s a dreaded world. Nearly everyone has moved at least once in their lives and there are many people who have moved multiple times. Moving can be a very stressful task, but with proper planning, it can be a much easier process. The busy moving season starts at the end of May and goes through the beginning of September. It’s not too early to start planning your move now. There are many websites that have checklists that can guide you in your moving. The most prepared a person is for the move; the easier it will be to handle any problems that could arise.
It is best to start your planning at least 6-8 weeks before your move date. This is the time to start researching all of the necessities for your move. Start to research moving companies around this time. If you are moving during the busy moving time, you need to start reserving your moving spot now or you will need to be more flexible based on the mover’s schedule. Make sure that you get at least 3-5 in-home estimates from moving companies. Watch out for moving companies that only want to give an estimate over the phone or online. These movers are considered “rogue movers” and could end up charging less up front, but adding extra fees throughout the move. Make sure that the moving companies have moving licenses and actual street addresses listed on their websites. If you are doing the move on your own, book the rental truck and make sure that you have enough friends and family available to help you on your moving day. At 6 weeks before your move, start contacting your local utility companies to turn off the utilities in your old home at a certain date. Also, research and set up new utility accounts in your new home/city for phone, electric, gas, internet and cable. If you have children, research the schools in the area and find out their admission policies.
The month before you move is usually the busiest. This is the time to start packing your items in your home. Stop by your local ezStorage facility for packing, moving and storage supplies. You will need to have good sturdy boxes, packing tape and markers to label the boxes. As you are starting to pack your belongings, take the time to de-clutter your home. This is the perfect time to get rid of the items that you haven’t used in years. Just like in a de-cluttering project, sort the items into different boxes: keep or move, sell, donate, put in storage or throw away. Make sure that you label each of the boxes that you are moving with contents and their specific room in the home. Keep an inventory list of the boxes on hand to check against on the actual moving day. Start to notify your insurance companies, credit card companies and the Post Office of your new address. This is also a good time to decide if you will need to rent a storage unit near your new home. If you are moving across the country or across town, it is better to have a storage facility near your home. If you are in the Maryland, Northern Virginia or Washington D.C. area, stop by ezStorage and see how we can help in your storage needs.
During the week before your move, verify times and dates of the move with your moving company or family and friends. Set aside a few items that you will need when you first arrive at the new home. Label the boxes “Load last”, so they come off the moving truck first at the new destination. Also, decide what you are transporting in your car versus the moving truck. It might be a good idea to personally transport more expensive items such as computers. Defrost the refrigerator at least one day before you move.
On the day of the move, make sure that all of the storage areas in your home, such as closets, basement, attic and garage, are cleared out. Clean the kitchen cabinets, counters and sweep all of the floors. Keep an eye on the movers (or instruct a family member to do so) to make sure that everything that you wanted in the moving truck is actually there. As you leave the house for the last time, turn off the lights and lock the windows and doors.
Upon arrival at your new home, check to make sure that the utilities that you had set up weeks early are properly working. Change the locks on the doors and windows and keep at least 2 extra key sets. As the movers are moving in your items, check off the inventory list that you created and look for any missing or damaged items. Let the moving company know right away of any discrepancies or missing items. If you are moving items from the moving truck to a storage unit, keep a separate inventory list of the items in storage. Once you are settled into your new home, it is time to discover the stores, restaurants, libraries and schools in your new neighborhood. Then, it will be time to enjoy your new home! Good Luck with your move!