Moving is one of the most stressful and tiring things anyone can ever go through.
Whether the move is across cities or within the same area, it always needs careful planning. From sorting to packing, labeling, unpacking and arranging all your stuff in your new home, it involves a bunch of work.
This usually calls for additional hands to help with the tasks that need to be done, and this help always comes at a cost.
Unfortunately, it is something that we have to go through at some point in our life. It is a necessity that can hardly be avoided or ignored.
Luckily, the stress can be minimized and the possible problems avoided with a bit of help and resources.
As with most tasks, organization and careful planning is key to moving. A checklist will help you remain organized with the tasks of sorting, labeling and packing your things.
Preparing your Checklist
Moving your entire home means that you need to prepare at least two checklists. The first is a checklist of all the stuff you will be bringing with you. They can be grouped according to the room they belong in.
Aside from indicating the room where each item belongs, it would be a great idea to number the boxes. This way, you can indicate on your checklist where each item is packed. It will make it easier to sort and identify your things while moving.
Another checklist that you need to prepare is a list of all the tasks that you need to do – packing, labeling, etc.
No task is too small for your checklist. It pays to be prepared.
To help you better with this list, here's a comprehensive sample that you can refer to. You should divide it into segments of time to keep you organized.
A Month before the Big Move
· Ask friends and relatives for referrals to moving companies and inquire about their services, procedures, and policies.
Get at least three estimates from different companies so that you can compare their services and choose the best one that suits your needs and budget.
· Go through all your stuff and identify the things that you will keep and those that you will dispose of. Remember, less is more.
If you no longer use it, give it away or sell it. This will make packing easier and quicker for you.
· Keep a file of all your moving documents such as contracts, invoices, bills, etc.
This file should be readily available once you need them.
· Inform your utility company of your moving date so they can disconnect services (for your water, electricity, cable, internet, etc.) on the date after your move.
· Also schedule an activation or transfer of these same services to your new address, so that you already have them in place once you move in.
Three Weeks before the Big Move
· Bring out the boxes and start packing the items you will not be using in the coming weeks.
Be sure to label the boxes with the room the items belong to. This will make unpacking systematic.
· Make a list of the items that go in each box.
If you're too lazy to do this, you can also take pictures so you'll know where to find each item.
· Decide on whether you're going to hire a moving company to help you or if you decide to DIY.
If hiring, now is a good time to finalize the details of your big move with them.
· Enlist the help of family and friends.
Let them know when they can come and help you with packing, or with unpacking.
· Update all personal documents that include your address.
Notify your employer, banks and insurance companies of your change in address.
Two Weeks before the Big Move
· Clean up every room once you've packed all the items in it.
· Disassemble furniture that you will not be using in the following days and pack them away.
· Set aside all items that you will not be needing and schedule for a pick up by the local Salvation Army or any organization you decide to donate them to.
If you are planning on a garage sale, now is the perfect time to do that.
· File your leave from work for the days that you will be concentrating on the move.
· Prepare a suitcase of things that you will need on the day of your big move, like towels, toiletries, clean clothes, etc.
· Check the new place you will be moving in to and make sure everything is ready for moving day.
Clean up all the clutter, check if the switches are working and if electricity is already available. Or have someone do all of these for you.
· Throw away all unneeded and unusable items, especially flammable stuff, like left-over paint, spray cans or propane.
· Call up your relatives and friends who enlisted to help with the packing and moving and inform them of your schedule.