7 Steps to Setting Up Your Own Moving Schedule

by Dusty Rhodes on Oct 23, 2017  in 
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Moving is a lengthy process and involves several different steps.  Without good organization, it can quickly become a daunting task and things can get lost or forgotten in the mix.  In order to have a successful move that is hassle-free, it is helpful to set up a moving schedule.  This will help you stay on track and ensure that everything is done and ready to go come moving day.

Sort and Purge

Start Gathering Moving Supplies

About 6 weeks prior to moving you will want to start gathering the necessary moving supplies. You will need to order and purchase supplies such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper.   You might also consider specialty boxes and containers for any valuable items. 

Confirm Your Moving Company

About 1 month before you move you should schedule your mover.  By this time, you should have a good idea of a closing date and this will give you ample time to secure a date.  Make sure the moving company gives you an estimate for moving costs and double check to see that they are insured.

Begin Packing

As soon as your moving date is confirmed it is time to get packing.  You should begin with the items you use less frequently and save items such as kitchen dishes for a later time.  Take it one room at a time and take extra precautions when packing delicate or fragile items. 

Sort and Label Your Boxes

As you are packing it is important to label each box with the contents and the room it belongs to.  This will help the movers know where to place each box in your new home.  This will also make it easier for you to find items when you are unpacking.  Neatly stack and organize your boxes as you pack them so they will be easily accessible for your movers.  This will make things much more efficient on moving day.

Pack Up Last Minute Items

One week prior to moving day it is time to go ahead and finish packing any remaining belongings including dishware.  Go ahead and trade your dishes and glasses for disposable cups and plates.  Pack a suitcase with necessary toiletry items that you will need up until the last day.  Do a final check around the house including the attic, garage, and storage shed to be sure you haven’t left anything behind.

Move and Clean
About 2 months prior to moving it is time to go through every room in your house and decide what you want to keep and what you can live without.  Set aside any items that you want to get rid of and decide if you will have a yard sale or you prefer to donate them.  Once you have purged all of your unwanted items, you should sort the items that you plan to keep.  Decide if you want to keep them out or if it is something that can go ahead and get packed.  This step will save you a great deal of time later down the road when it comes time to pack up your home.

The final step in the process is moving day itself!  Once the movers have emptied your entire home, it is time to go behind them and give the house a good clean. This will ensure your house is ready for the new owners.  As boxes and furniture are being delivered to your new home, have the movers put items in the rooms where they belong.  This will make unpacking a much easier process.

You may not be able to eliminate all of the stress associated with moving, but you can plan and organized move with the help of this step-by-step guide.  Following a schedule will help you to stay on track and make for a more enjoyable moving experience. 

Dusty Rhodes