Planning for Move-In Day

Moving Day is here!

You finally did it! After 20 years in the same house, you decided it was time to downsize. Now that Remax Way helped you sell and purchase your new home, how do you prepare for the BIG move?

Put your mind at ease. With a little bit of preparation and diligence, your move is sure to go as planned. We have put some forethought into what is needed for a standard move, and have compiled it here for you.

Two Month Countdown

It’s just two months before you say goodbye to your house, your neighborhood, and life as you have known it for the past twenty years. By now you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. For now, there is one critical task that you need to do: hire movers or rent a moving truck if you are a move-it-yourself type of person.

Start a moving journal to document/plan the next eight weeks. Your journal should include calculations of the following moving expenses:

  • Cost of movers or the costs to rent a moving truck or container.
  • Moving boxes, tape, padding, and supplies.
  • Cleaning expenses for the property you are entering.
  • Travel costs – gas, food, lodging, or bus/plane tickets.
  • Oil change and vehicle maintenance for a long-distance move.
  • “Rainy day money” in the event of an accident or emergency during your move.
  • Storage units or temporary housing accommodations.

Six Weeks Before You Move

  • Time to start decluttering your home. Anything you have not used for over a year, you do not really need it.
  • Host a yard sale with those items you intend to get rid of. Use the proceeds from the yard sale to cover some of your moving expenses.
  • Start collecting boxes. Go to your local grocery store, liquor store, or restaurant for boxes they no longer need. See if your office has boxes they wish to get rid of. Purchase larger/stronger boxes at Home Depot.
  • Gather all the packing paper, newspaper, bubble wrap that you can to help pack breakable items.

Four Weeks Before You Move

  • Hopefully, you have been collecting a ton of boxes and newspapers. Start labeling your boxes according to the room they should be delivered at the new home.
  • Start packing the non-essentials, such as decor, off-season clothing, books, toys, and office supplies.
  • Pack any outdoor and stored items. CLEAN OUT any storage containers you may have.
  • Coordinate for pet-care or daycare for the day of the move.
  • Make a list for where you’ll need to change your address, the bank, your doctor’s office, dentist, and the like.
  • if school-aged children are included in the move, be sure to have them withdrawn and enrolled with the respective school systems.
  • Confirm the moving company or truck rental.
  • Finalize travel arrangements if hotels or flights are necessary.

Two Weeks Before You Move

Hopefully, you have been cutting back at the grocery store in anticipation of the move. You will want to start using up the food that is in your fridge, pantry, and freezer. Try to have as much consumed and used so you do not have to move it.

Don’t forget to include all things associated with a change of address:

  • Change your address with the post office (USPS official form).
  • Forwarding mail for at least six months to a year.
  • Setting up utilities and garbage pick-up at the new address.
  • Disconnecting utilities, garbage pick-up at the old address.
  • Update your license and registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Notifying your insurance companies and banks.
  • Your family and friends.
  • Get recommendations for new doctors/dentists in the new area.
  • Start deep cleaning your home.

The Day Before You Move

  • Pack a suitcase to live out of for the next 3-7 days.
  • Complete the cleaning with touch-up work on your home.
  • Pack food/snacks for the move. Make sure to have plenty of water for all parties involved.
  • Pack an essentials box.

Moving Day is Here!

Hopefully, you were able to get a good night’s sleep. Be sure to check-in with the babysitter or pet sitter for their availability throughout the move. Consume large quantities of coffee to prepare for the final tasks.

  • Do a final walkthrough of the house before you leave to make sure you haven’t left anything.
  • Check the thermostat to ensure it’s at the proper temperature, based on the current weather forecast.
  • Make sure the house is secured and locked up.
  • Dispose of all garbage.
  • Leave any additional keys that you may have behind.

If you still have trepidation about the big event, feel free to connect with The Watson Team! We are here to help and ensure you the most smooth transition from one stage of your life into the next!

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