ONE WEEK BEFORE
- Contact USPS to change your mailing address
- Call utility companies to switch over service
- Hire a moving company or rent a moving truck.
- Make a closing-up plan. Will you need to return keys to your landlord? Will you need to schedule cleaners to prepare your old home to sell? Whatever you need to do to get your home closed up, plan it out before you get focused entirely on your new home.
- Purchase packing supplies (Boxes, Tape, Markers, Bubble Wrap)
- Create a packing schedule and labeling system.
- The sooner you start putting things in boxes, the less stressful the whole thing will be. You’ll probably be surprised by how much stuff there is!
- Pack an “essentials” pack. Keep keys, your garage opener, phone chargers, and critical paperwork (like your moving checklist!) together in an easy-to-access box or bag. Also include a screwdriver, duct tape, scissors, a flashlight, and a few batteries, and you’ll be ready for anything.
ON MOVING DAY
- Get up early. You’ve got a lot to do.
- Take a moment to relax. If you’ve gotten up early enough, you shouldn’t be in a rush. Chill out for just a bit. It’ll help you feel centered and ready for a big day.
- Consider placing a grocery or take-out order for later. You’ll thank yourself for having one last errand to run.
- Get moving! Greet the movers, welcome your helpers, or go get your rental truck. It’s time to move.
- Lock up the old house. Make sure you’re the last one to leave your former residence and that it looks the way you’d like it to. Turn off the lights, unplug everything, and lock up.