To ensure your relocation is an easy one, here are some important tips on how to prepare for a local move.
Two Months Before Moving Day
- Request a few days off work before and after your local move date.
- If applicable, notify your landlord and understand moving-out policies and guidelines.
- Decide your moving method – Do-It-Yourself (DIY) or hire movers.
- If DIY, rent a portable container or a truck.
- If hiring movers, get estimates from reputable and insured local movers.
- Start going through your belongings and sort into three groups: trash, donate, and keep.
- If downsizing, storage will be needed. Make arrangements with a local storage facility.
- Make a list or take a photo inventory of the valuable items you plan to move.
- Gather important documents; school, medical, insurance, titles, deeps, stocks, etc. and keep together.
- Talk openly with your children about the move, especially if they are switching schools. Visit the new neighborhood often.
Six Weeks Before Moving Day
- Finalize move date.
- If DIY packing, start to gather newspaper, bubble wrap, packing tape, and lots of boxes.
One Month Before Moving Day
- Have a garage sale, donate unwanted items, or discard trash.
- Notify your insurance agent and set up renter’s/homeowner’s insurance for your new location.
- If hiring movers, communicate which items you’ll pack and which items they’ll pack.
- If DIY, begin packing items and rooms not used frequently. Mark each box with room name and item summary.
- Notify service companies that you are moving and set up new service.
- electricity, gas, water, telephone, cable, internet
Two Weeks Before Moving Day
- Plan a few big meals and begin to use up the food in your refrigerator and freezer.
- Moving companies don’t transport perishables so try to minimize food volume.
- Review the non-allowable list and either plan on transporting yourself, or discard properly.
- Notify the U.S. Post Office and all other incoming mail of your address change.
- Return borrowed items and library books.
- Prepare lawn equipment for transport by draining fluid.
One Week Before Moving Day
- Whether DIY or hiring movers, confirm move date and time and any specific important details.
- Begin cleaning rooms as you pack them to make the final sweep easier.
- Finish packing and marking all boxes.
- Back up computer files and carefully pack electronics.
Two Days Before Moving Day
- Unplug your refrigerator and thaw out your freezer. Wipe it dry.
- Even if your local move is just around the corner, pack a suitcase. In it will be essentials such as a change of clothes, medication, or phone charger – items that you may need access to right away.
- Walk around your home and make sure nothing was left behind in the attic, basement, garage, back yard or garden shed.
- Pick up trash, sweep the floors, and lock the door as you leave your old house.
- Make sure your old neighbors have your new address.
Remember to notify others of your change-of-address. Following is a partial list:
- U.S. Post Office
- Insurance Agent
- Bank, Lender, credit card company
- Doctors and Dentists
- Magazines and Newspaper subscriptions
- Schools, Clubs, and Associations
The best way to prepare for a local move and avoid the stress completely is to hire the professionals at Mesa Moving & Storage.