How to Prepare for a Smooth Move

To make your next move less stressful, it’s best to plan ahead. Here we’ve compiled a quick checklist to help you get things done in the weeks prior to your move. The first step is scheduling your movers as soon as you know the moving date. Then go through this list and take care of one thing at a time.

4 Weeks Prior to Your Move

If you’re not moving on short notice, it may be a good idea to go through your belongings and purge anything you don’t want to take to the new house with you. You may want to hold a yard sale or donate unwanted items to charity. At this point, you should also think about if you want the moving company to handle some or all of your packing for you.

It’s a good idea to schedule necessary appointments with doctors and dentists. This allows you and your family members to renew your prescriptions and possibly get a referral for a new doctor while you’re there. You may also want to ask for a copy of your medical records at this time.

2-3 Weeks before Your Move

About two to three weeks before your move, you’ll want to take care of the utilities at your old and new home. You’ll probably have to call to disconnect water, electricity, Internet, and trash service at your house. If you have an antenna or dish, your TV provider may have to take that down for you. At the same time, you’ll want to set up these new services at your new house. It’s a good idea to have them overlap to ensure you’ll have running water and electricity at both houses on moving day. Additionally, you should submit a change of address with the post office.

You should start thinking of any items that you have borrowed or loaned out and collect them. For example, you need to return library books and movie rentals. If you have any clothes at the dry cleaners or reserved any items on lay-away, now is the time to get these things taken care of.

If you have pets, you’ll need to think about travel arrangements for them. If you’re traveling by car, you may be able to take them with you as long as you find pet-friendly lodging en route. Similarly, houseplants probably won’t survive the journey in a moving truck. In many cases, it’s best to find a new home for your plants, unless they’re particularly valuable or meaningful to you.

The Last Week at Your Old Home

You still have time to tie up some loose ends and arrange utility connections if you haven’t already. If you want phone or Internet service (or both) at your new home, it’s best to call now. Next, you’ll want to confirm your moving dates with the moving company and travel arrangements. If you’re staying in a hotel room, you may even want to ask if your special requests can be met.

If you’re moving lawn equipment, you’ll have to get certain things ready. For example, your lawn mower must be drained of oil and gasoline to be transported safely. You’ll also want to drain your garden hoses and clean up any garden equipment that’s being transported with your furniture in the moving van. At this point, you should eat whatever you have in the house as perishable items can’t be moved. Once your fridge is empty, it’s time to go out for dinner.

Last Minute Preparations

The night before the moving company is scheduled to arrive you’ll want to finish up packing the things you want to keep with you. For example, your suitcases should include toiletries, a change of clothes, and medicine. For a long-distance move, your suitcase will include a few days’ worth of clothes and a few more personal items.

For safety reasons, it’s best to keep your pets locked up on moving day. You don’t want your dog to run into the street while the doors are wide open. Similarly, it may be a good idea to ask a family member to watch your kids to keep them safe and out of trouble during the move, unless they’re old enough to lend a helping hand.

Moving is really not too difficult if you have the right team to help you. At Pro Moving & Storage, we have your belongings covered. We do everything from packing to loading, unloading and unpacking. Give us a call or get a quote for your move online.