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Moving Timeline

First time hiring professional movers?  Use this helpful timeline to get started.

Your Settlement Date

If all goes well, your settlement date will be established two to three months in advance.  

If your settlement date is earlier, you should start researching moving companies right away.  This is especially important in the spring and summer, when movers are in their peak moving season.

Give yourself the time to determine your relocation needs.  Are you on a budget?  Do you want your movers to pack as well as move?  Are you downsizing?  Do you need storage in between your settlements?  These are important questions to consider, because your moving company will ask them and moving day WILL creep up on you.

2 months before your move

This is the perfect time to start researching moving companies.  Schedule your in-home estimates right away.

You should meet with three moving companies to compare pricing.  Each mover should be within the same ballpark price wise.  Remember, if an estimate looks too good to be true, it probably is.  Scams are not unheard of.

Other tasks: (1) go through each room of your household and decide what you'd like to keep and what you can get rid of.  Make sure to mention these items during your moving estimate. (2) If you have children, organize & transfer school records.

6 weeks before your move

Choose & hire your moving company.  

Most people hire their movers about a month in advance, but if you want to be ahead of the game, six weeks is the perfect time.  All movers have limited availability & resources.  Trust us, you're not the only one moving (while it might feel that way sometimes).

Other tasks: (1) order moving supplies, preferably through your mover. (2) Start using up the things you don't want to move. (3) Check room dimensions at the new home to make sure larger pieces will fit through the door.

1 month before your move

The one month marker is where you'll start to spring into action!  
If you're packing yourself, start packing the things you use infrequently.  Pack by room & label to keep yourself organized on moving day.  Separate your valuables, such as jewelry and important documents, to a safe box that you'll personally transport to your new home.

Other tasks: (1) do a change of address (visit usps.gov). (2) Notify banks, credit card companies, utility companies and other important parties about your address change. (3) Forward medical records to your new health care provider, if applicable.

2 weeks before your move

By now, you should have a better grasp on your DIY moving preparations.  Check in with your mover during this time.  If there have been any changes to the logistics of your move, make sure they're aware.  A revisit may be necessary if you're in need of extra services.

Other tasks: (1) request off from work. (2) Get your car serviced.

1 week before your move

Aim to finish the last of your general packing, leaving the bare minimum essentials.  Create a layout of where you'd like your furniture to be placed in the new home.

Double check your contracts & accounts and make sure everyone is on the same page, including yourself.

Other tasks: (1) refill prescriptions. (2) Figure out a meal plan for the next coming days, since your perishables will be thinned out.

 a couple days before your move

You're almost there!  Pack a "last to pack, first to unpack" box with all the essentials you'll need to stay comfortable on the first night.

Make sure your freezer is empty, clean and defrosted within 24 hours before moving day.  Connect with a professional to disconnect your water & gas lines.

Confirm with your moving company regarding arrival times & specific services.  Plan for payment, since most movers request certified funds.  If you're going to tip the movers, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is an appropriate tip.

Most importantly: REST!  You'll need plenty of energy for moving day.

it's moving day!

Verify your mover, complete a walk through and take inventory.

Use your layout you made a week ago to guide the crew on where to place your furniture & boxes.

Sign your Bill of Lading, pay the movers and keep copies.