Your Ultimate Moving Checklist

Moving seems like a daunting task. You have to relocate all of your belongings from one home to another. While it may seem like you're trying to move mountains, you can accomplish your move with organization and incremental planning. Below you'll find a chronological checklist for completing your move.

What to Do Two Months before Your Move

  • Organize Your Records. Whether it be tax returns, receipts or children's medical records, you need to start organizing your records well before your move. This will help keep everything in order throughout the move and make transferring your children to a new school much easier.  
  • Purge Your Belongings. Since you're two months ahead of the move, it pays to go through every single thing you own and decide to keep it or get rid of it. Getting rid of unwanted items means you won't have to waste material, time and labor with moving them. This is especially important if you're hiring movers.  
  • Get Estimates. You'll need to start getting estimates from various movers and trucking companies. If you're moving across country, make sure to deal with long distance movers. Don't rely on over-the-phone quotes; have the movers come out to your home to assess your situation.

What to Do Six Weeks before Your Move

  • Measure Your Stuff and Home. You'll prevent a lot of future headaches by taking the time to measure your furniture and doorframes. The purpose is to make sure you'll be able to get your furniture out of your house. If you discover you can't, you'll need to disassemble your furniture.  
  • Order Supplies. It's time to start gathering supplies. You'll need tape, bubble wrap, permanent markers and boxes. Remember that you may need to order specialty boxes, such as wardrobe boxes.

What to Do One Month before Your Move

  • Choose Your Mover. By now you should've received and reviewed several quotes. It's time to finalize your reservations with a mover. Finalize the moving date, total costs and other important details.  
  • Start Packing. Begin by packing up the things you rarely use. As you pack, make sure to label everything accordingly and separate your valuables. They may have to be insured separately. Anything valued at over $100 should be insured, which may be possible through your moving company.

It's Time to Move!

At this point you'll be ready to move into your new home. Make sure that all of the details are correct with the movers. You should also ensure that you take the day off of work so that you can direct the movers and everyone else involved. If you have any questions preparing for the day of the move, consult with a moving company, like Two Small Men With Big Hearts.