It just isn’t possible to be overly prepared for a move. Whether you’re relocating across town or overseas, organization is your key to survival! Here’s a detailed timeline to follow when planning your move. Don’t have enough time? Don’t panic! Read through our tips.
Two Months Prior:
First and foremost get your ducks lined up! If you’re buying a new home, find a home loan company you can trust such as 1300 Home Loan so it can be organized without any headaches (as well as everything else you need to finance your purchase.) If you are currently renting, inform your landlord right away.
- Update necessary papers and set up a file exclusively for the move.
- Start a check list and begin to purge.
- Clear out everything you don’t need.
- Sell, store, or donate outdated items.
- Research various moving options and collect estimates.
- If you have children, organize school records; if your children will be transferring to a new school, arrange for academic records to be sent to the new district.
- If you have pets, obtain veterinary records.
Six Weeks Prior:
This is the time when you need to decide which items you will be moving and check how they will be arranged and placed inside your new home.
- Decide on the type(s) and number of moving boxes you’ll need.
- Order packing supplies that aren’t available in local stores.
- Use up items that you would rather not move, like detergents and frozen foods, and go over your check list.
- Measure the rooms in your new home.
- Measure doorways in your new home to determine if larger items can be moved through doors.
- Purchase boxes or stackable containers, and hire your movers.
One Month Prior:
A month prior to the move is the best time to start packing most of your belongings. If you’ve decided to hire a moving company, confirm all arrangements and obtain written confirmation of all details (cost, dates, and times). Make sure that you are clear on restrictions and insurance details.
- Start to pack items that you won’t need in the next few weeks. Note items that require extra insurance, number and label containers, and include specifications for room placements.
- Colour code boxes and create a diagram of your new place for the movers.
- Keep valuables in a separate safe box that you’ll transport yourself!
- Register your change of address with the local post office, and send notifications to all businesses, agencies, organizations, and friends who will need to know of your move.
- Notify utility providers with cut-off and installation dates, and forward required medical records.
One Week/Few Days Prior:
As the moving day comes closer, things can become pretty uncomfortable within the home with the pile of boxes all around. Try to relax and power-through this week by preparing the last items
Begin packing your suitcases with items that you’ll need within the next week.
- Fill prescriptions and organize essentials.
- Defrost your freezer! Ditch your perishables or prepare a cooler with dry ice to preserve them. This is ideally done 3 days or more prior to moving day.
- Clean large appliances that you are taking with you.
- Go through your records and review all details.
- Update all contact and emergency information.
- Prepare payments and gratuities for the moving company.
- Arrange for small children and pets to be away from home during the actual move.
- Prepare a moving bag with your keys, prescriptions and anything you need easy access to.
If you’ve followed through your moving plan, you’re pretty much prepared for moving day. Secure your valuables, your moving bag and the items you will be bringing with you in your vehicle.
- Clear pathways for the removalists so they can work much more efficiently.
- If friends and family have been enlisted as part of your moving team, provide refreshments and a light meal.
- Secure your moving bag.
Moving in a Week? Or Less? Don’t Panic!
- Hire a professional removal service. We cannot stress this enough. The success of a move depends heavily on your preparedness.
- Hire professional packers. Your goal now is to pack everything in boxes as fast as you possibly can. Hurrying to finish up in a week or less can lead to sloppy packing and eventual damage to your belongings.
- Defrost your fridge! Ideally done 2-3 days or more prior to moving day. Professional movers will not move a fridge that still has contents. Be sure that it is fully defrosted and dry.
- Spend a day dedicated to paperwork and phone calls. Time to inform everyone about your move. Inform you landlord and utility providers. Collect all your documents, medical records, receipts and files you need.
- Prepare a Moving Day bag. Put your keys, prescriptions and anything you need easy access to in it.
And just so you don’t miss anything on the day of your move, you can download the MiniMovers Ultimate Moving Checklist for FREE!