Once you’ve found a new home and you’re ready to buy (and your current home is in the middle of selling), you need to start planning your move. It’s a big project, but if you follow our advice and break it down into manageable pieces, you should be able to knock a lot of your tasks out of the way quickly.
The key is to do as much of your moving prep four to six weeks in advance. The more you do ahead of time, the more prepared you’ll be when unplanned complications pop up or unexpected problems arise. In the end, getting things done early is also a great way to give yourself peace of mind. Moving can be incredibly stressful—but it doesn’t have to be! AQMS has seen it all over the years, we and know the steps you can start taking now to reduce your moving-day stress.
Here are just a few of the things you can do a month (or before!) moving day:
- Choose a move-out date. This step may seem obvious, but this is the date around which everything else falls into place. If you don’t have a move-out date yet, pick one as soon as possible.
- Decide on whether you’ll have a moving company. It’ll take a few days to do research, schedule quotes, and whittle down your choices. Once you have all the information you need, you can make an informed decision about which moving company you choose (or if you’ll move on your own). For a rundown of how a moving service can help, read our blog: 5 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Moving Company.
- Line up any extra help you may need. Planning to put friends or family to work before or during moving day? Try to get commitments well in advance. If you aren’t the most organized person, see if your “Type A” friends would be willing to help you pack. If you have young children, you’ll also want to consider hiring a babysitter for moving day or for a weekend day so that you can focus on packing.
- Inventory what you have. Take stock of your current belongings on paper or in a note app that is easy to reference. Will it all fit in your new home? Will you need to downsize? Are you moving to a climate where certain items are no longer necessary? Having a list of your belongings also helps you make sure everything makes it to your new place.
- Get rid of the unnecessary stuff. We say it all the time but purging your belongings before you move is a great way to save money and effort. This is a time-consuming step, so start as early as possible—even before you settle on a date, perhaps. Taking along extra items during the move can be a financial and physical strain, so your early downsizing efforts will pay off. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list to get you going: Items to Donate During a Move.
- Start packing seasonal items, decorations, etc. All the things you don’t need at the moment should get packed up immediately. It spread out your effort so that you won’t be exhausted on moving day. It also gives you a better understanding of what you should sell or donate.
- Make a list of essential items you’ll want to put in an overnight bag. Even if you plan thoroughly, a move can be tiring. You probably won’t have the time or energy to unpack much on the day you arrive at your new house. Pretend that you’re going for a weekend trip and make a list of must-have items that you will put in a suitcase or duffle bag. Make sure you do this for every member of your family.
- Talk to children about the move. With weeks to go until moving day, now’s the time to get your children excited about moving. They might be sad at first, but that’s okay. A few weeks of talking it over and showing them the new home allows them to warm up to the idea. Our blog, Moving with Children: Survival Tips You Need to Know, offers some helpful tips for helping kids of all ages adjust to this major life change.
- Have a plan for your pets. Our furry friends don’t always deal with change easily. You know your pet best, so spend some time thinking about what they will need to make it through moving day and the transition to your new home. This might mean you have a new toy and lots of treats on hand, or it might mean finding a pet sitter for the day. AQMS has put together 10 Tips to Help Your Pets Adjust to a Move to make sure you’ve covered everything.
- Send change of address documents. Credit card companies, friends, family, coworkers, utility companies, and other parties should all know that you’re moving. Use this time to let them know so you avoid unexpected problems in the future. Here’s a guide covering Everyone You Need to Notify Before You Move.
- Find new service providers ahead of time. Moving somewhere new means finding a new doctor, dentist, veterinarian, repair shop, daycare, salon, and all other kinds of service providers. Doing that now means you’ll be ready to go on moving day. This is also the sort of thing you can easily do on your phone when you’re in bed or waiting in line. It might not be the most important step to take, but it will certainly help you feel more comfortable with your new location.
- Schedule transfer or disconnection of service. Utilities like gas, electric, waste pickup, cable, internet, and satellite TV can all be scheduled to shut down ahead of time. You can save yourself unnecessary expense by scheduling shutoff before the flurry of moving-related tasks gets started. It’s also good to get these services connected as soon as possible in your new place.
Our Advice? Hire an Experienced Moving Company.
Affordable Quality Moving and Storage is made of experienced professional movers in Southern California. Our logistical experts and warehouse managers are organized, efficient, insured, and friendly, ensuring that our clients get the best moving services in the industry. Whether your move is two months away or two weeks, we have the skills, resources, and insight to get you through moving day without stress or worry.
If you’re looking to pull off a big move with time to spare, let us help.
Speak with our licensed Southern California movers at (661) 622-2636 for a free in-home quote.