Establishing A Functional Timeline For Your Move
When you’re planning a move, there are going to be dozens of large and small tasks ahead of you. If you ask people what they think is the most important part of your move, you’ll likely get all kinds of answers. However, professional movers will tell you that it’s creating a functional timeline for your move.For a good move, you should create a “moving checklist”. This will keep you focused and save you a ton of time.
Basically, your moving checklist will just be a glorified “to do” list of what to do and when to do it. While there are some common elements to all moving checklists, keep in mind that each person’s situation will be unique so some customization will be required. Thankfully, most items can be easily modified to fit your needs.
Planning is the key for smooth move
Since not all moving tasks have the same priority, it’s very important to identify and highlight those items that are extremely important so they’re not lost in the hustle and bustle of everything that will be going on. For example, cleaning your bathroom has a somewhat lower priority compared with decluttering the house. This is true because making your house clutter-free is a much larger, more time-consuming task that must be done before considering allowing potential buyers to walk through your home. A bathroom can be made clean and presentable fairly quickly.
You alone will decide the prioritization of your moving tasks, so be sure to leave enough time to complete the tasks that need the most time.
Around 8 weeks before your move, you should:
- Create your moving checklist.
- Call Divine Moving & Storage and reserve your moving team.
- Take an inventory of everything in your home, especially furniture, expensive items, and oversized items.
- Consider selling, giving away, or throwing out any items you no longer need.
- Create a folder of all your important move-related documentation and keep it handy.
Around 6 weeks before your move, you should:
- Gather pet records, school records, and medical/dental records.
- Purchase any needed packing supplies.
- Complete your change of address form either online or at the post office.
- Begin looking for new healthcare providers at your new destination and book any known needed appointments so you’re not waiting too long after you move.
Around 4 weeks before your move, you should:
- Begin packing if you’re not using our full service packing options.
- Find out which items cannot be packed or transported by our movers.
- Begin preparing an “essentials” box.
- Label any boxes you’re packing so you know what they contain when it’s time to unpack them in your new home.
- Cancel any subscriptions, services, and memberships that can’t be transferred to your new address. Put in your change of address for the others.
Around 3 weeks before your move, you should:
- Arrange termination of phone, electric, cable, internet, gas, water, and any other utility services for the day after you move.
- Arrange to have these services started or transferred to you at your new destination so they’re ready on the day you move.
- Make sure your oil change is up to date and complete any needed repairs or maintenance to your car.
Around 2 weeks before your move, you should:
- Reach out to us and confirm everything is still good to go and update us to your status and packing progress.
- Make sure your children and pets will be taken care of on moving day.
Two days before your move, you should:
- Mentally review your plan for moving your valuables.
- Empty, clean, and defrost your refrigerator and freezer. Dry them out and leave the doors open.
- Complete any last-minute packing if needed.
- Complete any other tasks you might be forgetting.
On the day before your move, you should:
- Take any last-minute apartment photos.
- Say your goodbyes with neighbors and friends.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
On the day of your move, you should:
- Make sure your alarm clock is working properly and is set for an early rise.
- Take one last look around for any items you may have forgotten to pack
- Greet your movers, keep communication open.
- Be sure you give the correct address to your movers and include any special instructions related to driving or parking there.
- Lock up when you leave.
- Take pictures of the hall ways and floors to show you left everything scratch and damage free.
When you arrive/shortly after you arrive:
- Begin your unpacking, unless you’ve hired us to a full-service move with unpacking and trash removal.
- Register your vehicles at your new location.
- Get to know your new home, surroundings, and neighbors.
Divine Moving and Storage in NYC is a full-service moving company that’s been operating in New York City since 2000. As New York’s premier moving and storage company. Divine Moving and Storage handles local moves as any storage needs for short or long term. Satisfaction is our number one priority, and we’ll treat you like family. Divine Moving and Storage is fully licensed, certified, and insured, so contact us at 212-244-4011, toll-free at 866-668-7666.