Prepare to Move: Must-Dos During The Final Six Weeks

Prepare to Move: Must-Dos During The Final Six Weeks

Tips for Making Your Move Go Smooth 

If you’ve ever moved, you know exactly how much there is to get done from the day you put up the “SOLD” sign, until the day your movers drive away everything you own. If you haven’t ever moved, consider yourself warned.
We’ve laid out everything you need to do and a timeline to help you get it all done. Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Continue reading to learn more!

Six Weeks Before Move-out

  • Schedule in-home estimates with moving companies.
  • Create a realistic budget for moving expenses.
  • Find the new school for your children.
  • Begin decluttering. Set aside items to be sold, trashed, or donated.
  • Have a garage sale!
  • Collect free boxes (grocery and liquor stores are good places to look).

Five Weeks Before Move-out

  • Confirm that the moving company you’ve hired is insured, and has positive reviews.
  • Obtain your children’s transcripts and notify their school of your move.
  • Make time for friends and relatives before moving day.
  • Buy moving supplies like boxes, tape, and permanent markers. (buy extra and keep them in a separate box)
  • Create an inventory sheet of all your valuables. (Tip! Take photos of the condition of your valuables are in and your electronics while they’re on.)
  • Address minor home repairs.
  • Research packing hacks. (Such as rolling your clothes or using packing cubes.)
  • Pack a little every day beginning with things you don’t use regularly.

Four Weeks Until the Move

  • Consider purchasing moving insurance to cover all your belongings during the move.
  • Confirm parking options for your moving truck (whether that involves obtaining a permit from your city/town or making your neighbors aware)
  • Gather all financial, legal, and important documents (birth certificates, passports, and medical records) with you in one place.
  • Request time off work for closing and moving days.
  • Research doctors, dentists, and vets in your new location.
  • Arrange utility services to be turned off at your old house and on at your new house on your move date.
  • Shop around for cable, internet, and phone bundles.
  • Label boxes that are fragile and their designated room in your new house.

Three Weeks Until the Move

  • Make a plan for moving fragile or unique items like pianos, pets, plants, and fine art (or other challenging items to move).
  • Transfer your homeowner’s insurance to cover your new home.
  • Recycle or dispose of hazardous, poisonous, or flammable items like gasoline, old paint cans, bleach, and aerosol cans.
  • If you’re moving cross country, make sure your car is serviced and clean or arrange for its shipment if that’s the route you’ve decided to take.
  • File a Change of Address form with the post office and arrange to have your mail forwarded to the new address.
  • Change your address with:
    • Government offices
    • Employer
    • Creditors
    • DMV
    • Auto insurance
    • Car registration
    • Monthly subscriptions
    • Financial institutions
    • Drivers license
    • Voter registration

Two Weeks Until the Move

  • Fill out all of your prescriptions and transfer them to a new pharmacy.
  • Arrange for any servicing that needs to be done at your new home so it’s done before you move in, or not too long after.
  • Discontinue newspaper delivery, trash pick-up, lawn service, deliveries, etc.
  • Make arrangements for children and pets to be elsewhere on move-out day.
  • If you would like to, put together a list of local service technicians and preferred providers, as well as a note or small gift for the new residents.
  • Continue packing….

One Week Until the Move

  • Plan out your final week of meals using up whatever you have left.
  • Donate unopened food.
  • Pack your “Open-First Box”. (Including items like bed linens, pillows, and towels.)
  • Set aside valuable and personal items that will travel with you.
  • Drain fuel from gas-powered equipment like grills, heaters, lawnmowers, and snow blowers.
  • Fill nail holes. (For white walls, try using a bar of soap!)

Day Before Move

  • Unplug your fridge and freezer to defrost the night before. (Be sure to open the doors to avoid an unpleasant smell.)
  • Withdraw cash to tip your movers.
  • Clean the home for the next residents.
  • Get a good night’s rest!

Day of Move

  • Set an alarm to wake up early.
  • Pack up any last-minute things (bed sheets, toiletries, cleaning supplies)
  • Take photos of your empty place to prove it’s in move-out condition.
  • Protect your floors and carpets during the move.
  • Conduct a final walk-through to make sure nothing is hiding on shelves or in closets.
  • Thank your real estate agent or broker.
  • Leave your movers a review (and a tip for all their hard work)!

Wrapping It Up with Redbud

Do you see now how much is involved in the moving-out process? It takes a lot of planning, organization, and hard work but hopefully, when you move into your beautiful new home, it is all worth it.
The moving-out journey can be a stressful venture. However, when you work with a Redbud Group REALTORS®, you can be sure that you are being fully supported throughout the entire process. Your trusted agent will help you determine important timeline factors, and budget constraints, and prioritize your wants and needs in your new home. If you plan on moving homes shortly, look no further than The Redbud Group to make the transition a breeze! Use the button below or visit our website to connect with our team!
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