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When to Start Preparing for Moving Day

When to Start Preparing for Moving Day

Do you know how long it takes to prep for a move? The average residential move requires a month or two of planning to get everything ready for moving day. If you’re not sure when to start preparing, use this basic guide to help create your checklist and a hassle-free move.

Four to Eight Weeks Out

First things first, start by creating an inventory list of all your belongings. Mark each down as either an item to be moved or one that will be sold, given away or recycled. Then it’s time to contact a moving company to request an estimate. The inventory list will help determine the volume of the load and the rate, as well as keep you organized when it’s time to start packing. Another task that should be started well in advance is registering your children for their new school. It could take some time to arrange for all the documentation and to get everything set up, so the sooner you start, the better.

Three to Four Weeks Out

Pick up the packing supplies that you may need in advance, especially if you have a large load to pack. Starting your packing early will ensure you have plenty of time and enough supplies to get through all of the rooms in your home before the moving date.

Two Weeks Before the Move

If you’re moving a small load, you can usually start packing about two weeks out. This is also a great time to contact the utility companies, your bank, insurance companies, and subscription services to register your new address. If you’re moving out of town and are planning to say goodbye to friends or relatives in the area, meeting up a few weeks before the move will ensure that you don’t forget to say goodbye. Another task you don’t want to forget about is junk removal. Since these services often book up well in advance, it’s important to call a junk removal services company a couple of weeks out to arrange for a date that works for both of you.

The Last Week

It’s time to get down to business. Confirm the moving schedule with your moving company and make sure the snow removal or temporary parking permits are arranged for moving day. Double-check that you haven’t packed anything that is on the “restricted” list and confirms that you have arranged for the utilities to transfer over on your moving date, especially the heat and hydro. If you have any gas appliances, it’s imperative to arrange for these to be properly disconnected on or before moving day.

The Last Two Days

It’s go-time! Finish up any of the remaining packing and clean all the empty rooms. Go through every room and cupboard thoroughly to ensure you haven’t missed anything you plan to bring. Pay attention to items that are out of sight like your ceiling fans, specialty lighting, garage stored tools, and supplies. 

If you need a moving company you can count on, contact us at First Rate Movers to book in your date today.

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