As Moving Day approaches, your nerves will naturally heighten because you are concerned you will overlook or forget crucial details. Dealing with these details in a step by step form and early enough will ensure that the move to your new home runs smoothly. Pinnacle Plus Realty Ltd. Brokerage Moving Day Checklist will prepare you for the move to your new home! Having this checklist by your side will protect you from missing any important steps!
Our moving checklist is broken down into 2 areas: Preparation for Moving Day and Moving Day itself. The important tasks and details within allow you to properly plan and help ensure a smooth and enjoyable transition into your new home. Make sure you have enough time to complete all tasks. Your sanity depends on it.
PREPARATION FOR MOVING DAY
PACKING & DECLUTTERING
The earlier you begin the decluttering process, the faster and easier packing will be. You’re already ahead of the game if you decluttered your home during the home-staging process. If you chose to store those items, it is time to deal with them now!
□ Schedule moving day with the movers or rent a moving truck for that day.
□ If you are hiring a mover, hire a well-known, reputable company and go over liability insurance with a fine-tooth comb before signing and be sure to take extra care in packing items properly.
□ If moving yourself, ask friends and family to save the date
□ Order food and beverages for that date
□ Collect boxes and newspaper or packing supplies
□ Declutter more!
□ Donate unwanted items to charity (get a tax receipt!)
□ Schedule a moving sale for any valuable unwanted items. Promote on your social media pages, group pages, and local papers… or posting photos of items on social media asking prospective buyers to contact you with interest.
□ Attend your moving day sale if you chose to have one
□ Pack any belongings you will not need until you arrive at your new home. (see sidebar for great packing hints!)
□ Label boxes and mark “fragile” those that are.
□ Give your old home a thorough cleaning.
Packing and Decluttering can be an enjoyable process as long as you give yourself enough time to do. There is nothing worse than rushing through the moving process so get packing and decluttering as soon as you can start. Allowing enough time will reduce anxiety and make the move more fun! Plus, purging unwanted items and minimizing your lifestyle, as well as donating these items to charities in need can be very gratifying.
When packing, use all items you can to reduce waste. For example, consider rolling a floor lamp with a rug, leave old sheets on mattresses and use bath towels to wrap delicate items! Also, use large boxes for lighter items and small boxes for heavier ones.
COMMUNICATE YOUR MOVE!
It is essential to communicate your move to assure that your life will remain in order when you arrive at your new home. Don’t sit on hold with companies when you should be unpacking! Have these tasks completed prior to your move for a much better moving experience.
□ Notify billers and subscriptions of your move and pay outstanding bills. Give a 2-week notice for phone and utility services to disconnect services at your current home and arrange for services at your new address. Give a 4-6 week notice to magazines and newspapers.
□ Give your new address to friends, family, and neighbors.
□ Notify the post office of your new address and date of move for mail forwarding
□ Return borrowed items and recover items you have borrowed out
□ Ensure your important records are in order, easily accessible and in one safe place. These are considered any financial records, insurance policies, medical or school records.
□ Empty gasoline from your barbecue and lawnmower and dispose of all flammables properly.
□ Confirm with your moving company closer to moving day or remind friends and family.
□ Confirm with caterer your food order, dates, and location of delivery.
If you are moving to a new city, fulfill these tasks prior to your move.
Allow old bank accounts to remain open until all payments have cleared. Open a new account in the city you are moving to and transfer some funds. Have your car serviced and schedule a final check-up with your doctor and dentist and ask for records to be transferred. Pretend you are taking a trip for a week and pack a suitcase with items you couldn’t live without, in case the moving day is delayed. Include within that suitcase: medication, cleaning supplies, tools, and lightbulbs. Once you’ve settled into your new home, close the accounts in the city you left if you are certain all payments have cleared.
It’s moving day! I’m sure you are excited and nervous. You’ve been up for hours, anticipating the day. You are either waiting for the movers to arrive or until the rental truck facility opens. Stay nourished and hydrated… Brace yourself for a busy day!
□ Be present with the moving company and be ready to let them know of the problems you see.
□ Order food for friends and family who are helping you.
□ If you are packing the truck yourself, place heavier boxes on truck floor and lighter, more delicate boxes above them. Handle very precious items yourself accordingly.
□ Perform a final walk-through of your home, double-checking hiding places. Have an empty box in hand to fill with items you might have missed. Turn off all lights, lock the windows and doors, say your goodbyes and leave the keys with your REALTOR®.
□ When arriving at your new home, set up an easy access area where items can safely be left when movers are unloading boxes. All boxes going directly into storage should be placed there immediately so they are not confused with those you are using.
□ Perform a deep clean on your new home prior to unpacking.
□ Unpack one box at a time very carefully, not allowing items to suddenly drop out
The Realtors® at Pinnacle Plus Realty Ltd. Brokerage is so excited for you! We live for this and hope you have found your dream home. With this Moving Day Checklist in hand, we’ll be there with you every step of the way! If you need any assistance, please contact us. Welcome home, friends.