Home Moving Timeline

Home Moving Timeline: How to Plan a Successful Move

Everyone knows moving can be a very stressful time in your life. Moving into a new home requires a lot of organization and cooperation for everything to go smoothly. You may know what you need to do for your upcoming move, but you might not know when is the best time to do it during the process.  That’s why Lile created this home moving timeline checklist. We made this checklist based on our 60+ years of moving customers across the United States. We want your move to go smooth, so look no further than our 8-week moving planner. 

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8 Weeks Before Your Move

Create a moving budget

Figure out how much you can spend on your move. Learn how much money you will need to organize and execute your local or long-distance move. Your financial figure can get an idea if hiring a moving company will fit within your budget.

Research moving companies 

Start researching moving companies online. Check out their customer reviews and their websites for the services they offer. Take a week or two to do your research. You can also ask friends and family if they have any suggestions.

Get Organized

Create a moving folder or file for all your moving-related documents. Dedicate a moving notebook so you can take notes to keep yourself organized.

Declutter

Go through every room in your home and decide what to keep and what to sell or donate. Remember any large valuables (piano, antique furniture, grandfather clock, etc.) will need extra moving protection coverage to protect you if they get damaged during the move.

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6 Weeks Before Your Move

Order Supplies

Buy packing materials, such as boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap. Don’t forget specialty boxes like dish packs and wardrobe boxes.

Notify Schools and Doctors

Transfer your kid’s academic records to their new school (if necessary). Also, don’t forget to transfer your medical records to your new doctor or dentist. Visit your veterinarian for your pet’s papers as well. 

Clear it out

Create a meal plan to help clear out your fridge and pantry before your move. Also, use up cleaning supplies. Most household cleaning products, can not be transported on a moving truck. Check out our list of non-transportable items
 

Choose your moving company

If you choose to use a professional moving company, now is the time to schedule your moving survey. Get an in-home or virtual estimate from at least three moving companies. Don’t take moving estimates over the phone. Also, always be sure the company has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) associated with it. In the end, pick a company you feel confident with moving your precious belongings.

4 Weeks Before Your Move

Book your move

It’s time to select your moving company. Get a written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.

Start Packing and Create a Labelling System

Set aside an hour each day and start packing non-essential items. Things like books, off-season clothing, and home decorations. Label and number each box with its contents and the room it belongs in. Pack and label an essentials box for things you will need immediately after moving into your new home. Another great idea is, take pictures of box contents. This way you will know the contents of each box when you arrive at your new place.

Change your address

Visit your local post office or fill out an online USPS change-of-address form

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2 Weeks Before Your Move

Change your utilities 

Contact your current utility companies and schedule a transfer or cancellation of services. 

Pets and Plants

Make arrangements on how to transport your pets and plants to your new home. 

Contact the moving company

Reconfirm your moving date with your moving company. 

Finish up packing

Unless you are hiring your moving company to assist you with packing, it’s time to pack everything except the essentials. Pack a suitcase with clothing and anything you will need until moving day.

Coordinate your valuables

Separate the valuables you want to take with you (jewelry, heirlooms, money, etc.). You don’t want these items mixed up with other packed items. Keep them safe and secure to transport them with you.

1 Week Before Your Move

Clean Empty Rooms 

Begin cleaning rooms that are empty or near empty. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it is a nice gesture to the new homeowners.
 

Pack your suitcases

Get everyone in your family to pack a suitcase to live out of for a few days. You should pack essential items like clothing, socks, toiletries.

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Moving Day Has Arrived

Clean out the fridge

Clean out and defrost your refrigerator and freezer. Check your cabinets and pantry for any food items.

Work with your movers

Stick around to answer any questions your movers may have. You can help them by identifying fragile items. Be there when the movers load your items onto the truck. You will be responsible for verifying that the movers loaded everything. Sign the Bill of Lading when you are satisfied that everything is loaded.

Final Walkthrough

Make sure you don’t forget anything and that everything is clean.

Moving can be stressful, Lile is here to help make the entire process go smooth and seamless. Our goal is to start you off on the right foot and reduce the stress that comes with moving your home. At Lile, we are the LOCAL MOVING PROFESSIONALS that are ready to help you. Get your free moving quote today!!!

Moving can be stressful, Lile is here to help make the entire process go smooth and seamless. Our goal is to start you off on the right foot and reduce the stress that comes with moving your home. At Lile, we are the LOCAL MOVING PROFESSIONALS that are ready to help you. Get your free moving quote today!!!

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