When it comes to buying a new home, finding the house is one of the most fun things; packing all your belongings, on the other hand, not so much. From my own experience, I can say that you can’t let the excitement of finally moving into your new home make you lazy. It’s so easy to grab objects and dump them into boxes. That’s one of the easiest ways to lose things in a move, to this day I still can’t find my passport.
I’ve done quite a bit of moving and I’d like to think that I’ve picked up a thing or two. Some of this will change depending on how much time you have until you move into your new home, but to ensure you have as smooth of a move as possible try to follow this timeline:
8 Weeks Out
Get organized: Start a binder for all the move-related paperwork and a notebook for moving notes.
Start sorting: figure out what you want to keep, donate, and throw away.
*reminder: if you’re moving to a smaller place, be aggressive in your decision-making.*
Research moving companies read reviews, compare prices. Don’t forget to use one of your best resources, your REALTOR. Ask for their recommendations.
Notify your landlord: If you are currently renting, make sure your landlord knows. Some apartments in Austin require as much as two months notice on their lease agreement, don’t wait too long and be stuck. At this point, you can also find out when you can have your security deposit back.
7 Weeks Out
Get supplies: boxes tape, markers and bubble wrap.
Plan a sale: as you start packing and organizing your belongings you will find that there are things that you don’t want to move. You can put these items up for sale to make a few extra bucks while taking less with you to your new home.
6 Weeks Out
Notify schools: This is only if you have children in school. Ask the school for copies of school records and check the enrollment process at the schools near your new home.
Medical records: check with your doctor to get copies of our family’s medical records.
5 Weeks Out
Moving company: decide if you want to hire a moving company or recruit your friends and family to help you with the move. Remember to confirm the date, time, and details of the move.
4 Weeks Out
Start packing nonessentials: begin to box up the things you won’t need right away
*label tip: use different color tape for each room to quickly place boxes once you start unpacking.*
Notify Utilities: start contacting your utility companies to close out service at your old house and set them up for your new home.
3 Weeks Out
Strategize your food situation: any food you don’t want to move with you. Try to use all the food in your freezer before your move date. Same goes for the pantry, try to use everything that’s open.
Pets and plants make a plan to get your pets and plants to your new home.
Change your address: complete a change of address form on the USPS website. Notify your banks and credit cards.
Transfer insurance: make sure your agent knows you are moving and make sure your policy will transfer to your new home.
Take care of your car: if you plan on moving a long distance, bring your car in for a check-up. Don’t forget to transfer this policy, too!
2 Weeks Out
Pack with a vengeance: start to box up everything left in the house. Make sure to label everything for a smooth move.
Coordinate your valuables: If you have jewelry, heirlooms or other valuable items, separate them from the main move. You don’t want to mix them up with the rest of your stuff. Also, keep them in a safe place so you can transfer them yourself.
Make a clean move: If your new home needs a thorough cleaning, make arrangements to have it scrubbed before you get there.
At your disposal: properly dispose of any items that can’t be moved such as cleaning materials, propane, or paint.
1 Week Out
Confirm, confirm, confirm!: check in with your movers to confirm the time and date of your move.
Pack an essential kit: prepare a suitcase with items you will need right away at your new place. Take it with you. *Do not put it in the truck*
1 Day Before
Keep important documents handy: make sure to have any move documents ready just in case.
Defrost and clear: clean out your empty fridge and freezer. Check cupboards and pantry for any open food items.
Work with movers: Help movers identify fragile or large items right away. Be present when the movers load your boxes into the truck. It is your responsibility to make sure they loaded everything, so it is imperative that you’re there to answer questions.
One final sweep: before you let the moving truck leave, do one last check of your house to make sure nothing was left.