Moving is a complicated process, one
that most of us would probably rather avoid thinking about. That can
run into problems. If you leave all those inconvenient details until
the very last minute, you can run into a lot of unexpected issues – and it
can cost you a lot of money.
The thing is, your brain is just trying
to avoid the stress we associate with moving and all it entails. Yet,
by shoving it aside until too late, we're actually adding to the levels
of stress involved.
Here are some ideas on how to schedule
your move effectively. Nothing has to be hard and fast when it comes
to guidelines, but by spreading the little tasks over several weeks,
you're turning a huge headache into just a little extra work. Moving
day itself...now that's another story. But, at least you can make the
day and the time leading up to it as painless as possible.
If your move involves selling property,
then you'll want to get started just as soon as you can once the
closing date. The best options involve giving yourself at least sixty
Two Months Out
It may seem very early, but there's a
lot you can do already.
Rummage through closets,
basements, garages, and any other storage space full of items that
you obviously don't use every day.
Whatever hasn't been used in two
years or more is a good candidate for the local Sally Ann or
If you have young children, this
is a good time to weed through clothes and toys they've outgrown.
Seasonal and holiday themed items,
formal dinnerware and other items you won't be using over the next
two months can be cleaned up, organized, and prepared for packing.
Take a rough inventory of your
possessions and figure out what moving supplies you will need for packing
Will you need specialized
equipment like stairclimbers or appliance trucks?
How much heavy furniture do you
have, and what are the dimensions? Dollies, stairclimbers and other
equipment can make your move much easier, even if you have stairs to
Book any equipment rentals that you'll
need as soon as you can, including plastic moving boxes.
One Month Out
This is when you want to notify all
your utility providers of the move and schedule any service
connection appointments that need to be made. This should include
formally changing your address with the Post Office. Don't forget the
bank and any company you pay via automatic withdrawal.
If you keep up a steady trickle of
tasks in the weeks leading up to your move, it will add up to so much
less chaos on moving day.
Two to Three Weeks: Pack
non-essential items, such as specialized kitchen utensils, books and
other items on shelves like decorations, paintings and other art
Begin packing essentials by
determining what you will absolutely need up until the last day.
Buy plastic plates and cutlery so
you can pack your dishes and kitchenware days ahead of the move.
Defrost your freezer if necessary,
and disconnect other appliances such as the washer and dryer.
That's a rough guide of course. How
much time your move will take both to plan and actually occur depends
on how many items you have, the layout of your new and old homes, and
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