An apartment or house move is a fairly complicated process. Here, we’ve broken down a rough timeline to follow. Being prepared will help you get an accurate moving quote and maybe even save some money by having time to sell or donate unwanted items ahead of your move.
Write down a full inventory of your home. Go through your home room by room and list all goods you plan on keeping and all that you would like to get rid of. Once you’ve done this, begin researching movers near you. Also, try to estimate how many boxes you’ll need for each room in your home.
Obtain boxes and begin packing your things. Depending on the size of your home, you should pack anywhere from one to four boxes per day from this point until moving week. Label your boxes with their contents, as well as the destination room in your new home. At the same time, you’ll want to get rid of excess items by hosting a yard sale, donating items, or making trips to your local dump.
You should also field quotes from moving companies. Try to get written, fixed estimates in hand to compare several movers’ service offerings and costs.
Confirm your move time and date with your moving company of choice. Book your move as early as you can to avoid potential convenience fees for last-minute moves. You should get copies of your moving contract and a second copy of your move estimate when you confirm your booking. Keep these on hand until you’ve paid the final bill for your move.
Around the one-month mark, you should arrange for utilities to be turned on at your new home and set a switch-off date at your current address. For long-distance moves, aim for an overlap of a day on each end.
By now, you should have most of your nonessential goods packed. As you finish up your packing, arrange for child or pet care on moving day, and file a change-of-address form with your local post office.
Plan your meals for the week, as you’ll only have access to certain essential kitchenware items while you wait for your move. Label all major pieces of furniture with their destination room in your new home to expedite the unloading process.
The night before your movers arrive, pack a moving bag. This should include your move contract and estimate, laptop, toiletries, water, snacks, essential identification and bank documents, and similar items. Keep this on your person (or in your personal car) at all times. If you’re traveling across multiple states, bring changes of clothing for the trip.