Weeks Before The Move
Tell your bank you’ve moved so all your banking mail will be sent to your new address. If you haven’t yet done so, you can do online banking so you won’t need to have a lot of paper mail sent to you.
If you take medications, don’t forget to refill your prescriptions so you don’t run out during your hectic move.
Return all borrowed things like kitchen stuff, books, DVDs.
If moving during a workday, make sure you notify your workplace that you will be moving and will need time off.
Get your vehicle or vehicles oil changed or repaired if needed before the big move. Don’t want any breakdowns on the highway.
Change the locks at your new home.
If you have young children that will not be traveling with you, arrange a sitter or have family members look after them during the move.
If pets will not travel with you when moving, put them in a kennel or have friends or family look after them. Make sure the address on your pets’ tags are changed to your new address.
If your children have a treehouse or playground that you’re taking with you, start taking those apart and prepare them for easy transfer.
Start major cleaning of your new house. Dust shelves and disinfect kitchen and floors. If you have carpet, steam clean those a few weeks ahead, and they should be dry by the time you move in. If people walk into your new home with shoes on during the move, prepare plastic sheeting, flattened cardboard, or a tarp to cover the heavy traffic areas to protect your floors.
Start general cleaning of your old home for the new owners.
The Week Before Moving
Touch base with your agents, lawyer, and movers. Make sure all paperwork is confirmed and set for your move. Make sure your mover has the correct addresses and your phone numbers or email address. If you go with Brisk Transport, you will be kept in the loop with all your moving details from the loading to the transit right up to delivery.
Set aside a few useful tools needed for moving.
Plan ahead for furniture placement. Make sure all the measurements are correct and everything will fit in whatever room they are supposed to be in.
Separately prepare blankets, sheets, pillows and towels and a few toiletries to be used right away for the first couple of nights after the move.
Water indoor plants sufficiently but not too much and pack them into waterproof containers or boxes with plastic liners.
When packing your electronics, make sure all your information is backed up onto a separate hard drive or memory holding device. It’s a good idea to use styrofoam, bubble wrap, or clothing to protect your devices.
Make sure there is room for the moving vehicles where they will be loading and unloading.
Clean out the fridge, freezer, and oven.
Make a list of what needs to be packed. Pack the garage, living room area, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen.
Separately prepare and pack a few clothes to set aside and personal items you need for the moving day.
Electrical appliances can be unplugged with their cords nicely tied and packed.
Set aside enough cash for unexpected expenditures during the move.
The Day of the Move
Pack the essentials or valuable possessions like your documents that you have already set aside or the urgent things you need in your vehicle or place that is easily accessible when you need them.
Confirm with the mover where to park, the stuff that will be going, and in what area of the new house the things will be unloaded.
If you have children or pets, make sure they have all the things they need packed for that day like snacks and water.
Jot down the meter reading so you know how much is left to pay for the power bill.
Compare your list of what needs to be packed to what’s being put in the moving vehicles so that nothing is missed.
Turn off the breaker for power or shut off the hot water tank if needed.
Do a final check of the house and yard to make sure everything has been taken and what needs to be shut off is off like gas, water, or electricity.
Make sure all doors and windows are shut and locked.
Finally, check to make sure you have all the keys you need for your new place and that your old keys are handed over.
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