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Meet my new friend Taylor! She is an avid Interior Stylist and Travel Writer at flourishmentary.com. She is an avid European traveler and adores vintage interiors and architecture. She met her husband in Italy, while traveling during her study abroad, and now they are planning their second cross-country move together! Be sure to follow her for your daily dose of anti-minimalist inspiration on her Instagram; @flourishmentary.
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Planning a move? Whether you are packing up and moving across town or across the country, being organized is the only way to keep your sanity during a move!
Since I have a big cross country move coming up, I’ve created a super detailed “Ultimate Moving Checklist”. Even if you are just moving across the street, this list will help you think of every little last teeny detail so you can get excited about your new place!
8 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
- Organize Items Into Keep/Toss/Sell/Donate Piles: Go through each room and divide items into one these categories. Try to use the layout of your new home to figure out which pieces you’ll wanna keep, and which won’t make the cut!
Tip: Don’t toss old towels and sheets! They’re great for wrapping fragile items and cleaning after move in
- Make Moving Inventory List: If you’re planning to hire movers to load and unload, they’ll need an estimated inventory of all your stuff, to give you the most accurate quote.
- Get Moving Quotes: There are so many options now, so decide if you need the white glove treatment, or if you just need a moving truck. Storage pods are a great pick when you wanna go at your own pace. Now is the time to narrow down which company you’ll pick.
Tip: Ask movers if they can match a lower quote, and find out if the company provides insurance in case anything gets damaged during the move.
- Organizing Personal Documents: This one is lengthy so start ASAP. Make a list of all utilities/services you’re making changes to. If moving out-of-state, you may even need to get quotes for new car & health insurance, Find out when you need to give any notices, especially to your current landlord.
- List Address Changes: Write down every place that needs your updated address: think banking, subscriptions, insurance companies, medical providers, schools, family, etc.
Tip: Check out your banking statements for an easy list of places you make regular payments.
6 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
- Create Meal Plan For Groceries: Take a little time to take inventory in your pantry. Use up what you have, and try to buy less at the grocery from here on out.
- Gather Packing Supplies: Contact a local bookstore or COSTCO to get free boxes. Gather other moving essentials such as tape, markers, and bubble wrap.
- Start “Moving Documents” Folder: Keep important documents close by during the move like your lease, moving contracts, emergency phone number etc. Also, keep a list of all the boxes you’re packing and their contents, so you can find things more easily!
- Begin Packing Non-Essentials: Start with seasonal items, photos, decor, etc, Anything you won’t NEED to use before you move should get boxed first, before you start on everything else.
- Schedule Cleaning/Repair Work: Per your lease or new tenants, you may have to do things like fill holes from wall hangings, clean carpets, or paint. Now is the time to do these things, or hire someone who can.
4 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
- Store Valuables: Choose a designated place, like a fire/waterproof safe to store valuables like jewelry, passports! You’ll keep this on hand with you during the move, so it doesn’t go missing.
- Book Moving Company: If you haven’t already booked your movers, make sure you do it now. Also, find out if you’ll need a special permit to park your moving truck/pods.
- Make Day Of Move Arrangements: If you need time off work or care for kiddos/pets, get this set up. If moving cross country, book any flights/hotels/etc.
- File Change Of Address: You should always file an official change of address with the post office, but also double-check that companies, friends, and family, have your new address.
3 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
- Service Your Car: You don’t want to deal with a breakdown while moving, especially if it’s far! Have it checked over, and try to clean the car out for before moving.
- Schedule Your Utilities To End/Begin: You don’t want to arrive at your new place with no lights, so be sure you have all utilities set up upon move in and transferred out of your name for move out.
- See Friends and Family: If you are moving far, make it a point to see loved ones before you are buried in moving boxes!
- Make “First 24 Hrs” Bag: List out EVERYTHING you think you’ll need in the first 24 hours after your move, or your entire travel time if moving cross country. You’ll also wanna add your valuables and moving folder to this bag, to keep with you at all times during the move.
Tip: Random things like a first aid kit, or a shower curtain are often needed early on in the move. For a comprehensive list of everything you should keep in your first 24 hr. bag check here!
2 WEEKS BEFORE MOVING
- Backup Computer Files: Make sure you’ve backed up all important files, and check out easy cloud storage options. When packing electronics, be sure to use plenty of padding and label “fragile”.
- Dispose Of Any Hazardous Materials: You actually can’t bring aerosol cans, some paints, batteries, and some types of cleaners in a moving truck. Check the rules, and toss anything you can’t bring!
- Launder Remaining Items: Things like drapes, linens, and clothes should be cleaned and stored. Everything except what you’ll need just before the move can be packed now.
- Make Plan For Packing Remaining Items: Make a plan for cleaning and packing away everything else in your home. Larger items might need an unconventional box, so it’s best not to wait until the last minute.
1 WEEK BEFORE MOVING
- Clean And Pack Kitchen/Bathrooms: Start to pack up things like spices, and non-perishables. Make a plan to use up or donate anything you’re not taking. Also, be sure to clean out and wipe down your fridge and cabinets.
- Confirm All Moving Details: Confirm every detail like the movers, utilities, travel. Double check anything that needs to be ready for moving day! If you’ve got to do a final walk-through with landlord/ new residents, schedule time for that now!
- Arrange Meals During Move: Get a cooler filled with water bottles, snacks to munch on during the move. Find out about local grocery stores and take out options since you’ll be super tired after moving. Also, make sure to separate food for pets!
- Gather Keys/Garage Openers: Get keys and garage openers back from anyone, to leave for new residents/landlords. Keep them out in an open space so you’re not looking for them at the last minute.
- Clean Old Place: You want your old place in perfect move out condition especially if you want to get back a security deposit!
WEEK OF MOVE
- Seal/Organize Boxes: Start to organize boxes/items that will need to be loaded first. Label all boxes with the name of the room they go to, and the contents in detail so you know what to unpack first when you’re tired from moving.
- Get Cash To Tip Movers: Get an envelope to store cash to tip your movers. You should always tip, but don’t be afraid to remind them politely about fragile items and important details!
- Review First 24 hr. Bag + Valuables + Moving Folder: Go ahead and make sure everything you need is in your first 24 bag, and in your “Moving Folder”. Keep these things + your valuables all together, and in a safe place with you during the move.
- Disassemble Any Furniture: Take apart any furniture that needs to be disassembled for the move, and keep small pieces labeled so that it’s easy to put back together.
DAY OF MOVE- OLD PLACE
- Strip Remaining Linens: Remove any recently used linens and pack away.
- Double Check All Boxes: Make sure all boxes are sealed and everything is ready to be picked up the moment the movers arrive.
- Final Cleaning: You’ll need to do one last clean of the surfaces and floors after everything is out as a courtesy to the next residents.
- Shut Off Lights/Thermostats: Lock all windows and doors, and check water, lights, thermostats. If you haven’t yet, hand off your old keys!
- Last Walk Through: If required, do this with the landlord. Check that nothing gets left behind, and take a picture to show it’s done correctly. Double check storage spaces, (we all forget stuff there) and dispose of any trash.
DAY OF MOVE – NEW PLACE:
- Light Cleaning Of All Surfaces: If you can, arrive before the movers so you can clean your new place. It may have been vacant for some time, and you’ll want to clean surfaces ready for unpacking.
- Check Lights/HVAC/Faucets: Make sure all your keys work, check locks, windows, faucets to make sure it’s all in working order. Also check meters, breaker box, water heater, HVAC, and security system etc, so you can report anything wrong ASAP.
- Check Items For Damage: As things come into the house, make sure things aren’t damaged. Cross-reference with your packing list to make sure nothing is missing.
- Assemble Important Furniture: It’s the hardest part, but you’ll probably need your bed and kitchen table, straight away. Go ahead and get these out of the way!
- Check On Mail From Old Place: Have someone check your old place for missed mail. If you were renting, be sure the leasing office or landlord has your new address so you can get your deposit back.
- Update Drivers License/ Important Documents: In certain states, you’re required to update your Driver’s license and insurance within few days of changing your address. Check the rules and get it done in time!
- Research Community Aactivities: Get out in your new neighborhood! Try new restaurants, grocery stores, and get to know your neighbors!
- RELAX!: Try to get essentials put away but give yourself a break with everything else. Moving is tough, so let yourself get settled with a bottle of bubbly! Cheers!
And there you have it, the Ultimate Moving Checklist! Print out a copy to help you keep your sanity during this transitionary phase! Moving is always easier when you do your homework, and have some helpful resources to guide you.
Thanks again to Lisa, and hope you are ready to get things moving!
Ciao for now,
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