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The Essential Moving Timeline for a Successful Move

Moving is a big deal. For most people, it’s an incredibly nerve-wracking process that seems to drag on forever.

But in our years of moving experience, we’ve found a surefire way to make moving faster and easier than ever before: plan.

However, not everyone knows how to create their own moving timeline. Organizing the list may even be as stressful as the move itself!

But that’s why we’re here to help. Read on for a moving timeline you can use to make your move quick and easy.

8 Weeks

Eight weeks may seem like a long time, but trust us, you’re going to need every second. The more time you give yourself now, the less stressful your eventual move will be.

The beginning of your moving timeline is a pretty simple process. You’ll go ahead and fill out any paperwork necessary for the move.

For instance, go ahead and let the post office know the exact date of your move so they can start forwarding your mail. Now do the same for banks, credit card companies, cell phone providers, and any other services you’re going to keep.

Filling out paperwork isn’t tough, but it’s one of those things that people tend to forget. Go ahead and nip it in the bud and give yourself a little extra time for packing.

You may also want to consider hiring a moving service to make the process even easier.

6 Weeks

At the six week mark, it’s time to start planning what you can give away, toss, or donate. Come up with a quick inventory of your belongings, then decide what you really want to move.

Once you’ve separated items into a ‘keep’ or ‘purge’ pile, it’s time to divide further. Take the purge pile and divide it into three categories.

  • Sell: You can make a ton of extra money off of things you don’t even use. Consider selling off those items you won’t use again.
  • Trash: Sometimes getting rid of belongings feels good. If you’re in possession of broken or old items that aren’t worth anything, it may be time to throw them away.
  • Donate: Just because you’re not going to use an item doesn’t mean others wouldn’t love it. Consider donating things you don’t use. Most charitable organizations will pick up any goods you’d like to give.

Garage sales are a great way to make up for moving costs, so we recommend hosting a garage sale around week 6 or 5.

4 Weeks

Now is when the fun really starts.

Gather your moving supplies and start packing. Make things easier on yourself (and your moving company) by labeling each box, especially if it contains fragile materials.

Organize your boxes by room.

Besides packing, cancel utilities and inform your landlord of the moving date. Your landlord may require a bit more notice, so check with them beforehand if necessary.

2 Weeks

By now you should be mostly finished packing. The last two weeks before the move are often the most stressful for those who haven’t adequately  planned. Your boxes should be organized by room, as well as labeled.

The only thing left to do is clear out cabinets, clean, and pack up any miscellaneous items from the garage.

Your Moving Timeline Is Complete!

This moving timeline should keep you busy right up until moving day. However, it also accounts for a few lost days here and there, so don’t feel bad if you’re not 100% on schedule.

If you’re looking for some help, why not give us a call? We can help you move locally, long distance, or even internationally! Get in touch today and see how we can help you make your move stress-free.

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