Things to Do Weeks Before Moving Day: Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Things to Do Weeks Before Moving Day: Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

When you’re concentrating on a move, the things that need to be done prior to moving day can slip your mind. This checklist will help when you’re counting down to moving day and can’t remember all the tiny details that need to be completed before you even start to pack your boxes.

Organizing, Cleaning and Selling

Once you know the date of your move, it’s time to think about organizing your belongings, cleaning the home and selling unwanted items, according to experts at HGTV. That overflowing junk closet should be cleaned and organized. The garage, basement and attic need to be sorted and cleaned. It’s a great time to clean out old junk so you’ll have a fresh start when you move. Have a yard sale or donate those items to charity.

Schools, Doctors and Dentists

Records need to be moved, and you don’t want to wait until the last minute. You’ll need to find a new school for the children, a new doctor and dentist for the entire family too. Long before the move, it’s important to make all these changes. A quick visit to the old doctor before the move isn’t a terrible idea either. Your doctor can make recommendations or tell you who to contact in your new city for recommendations.

Subscriptions, Mail and Banking

You’ll need to change your address prior to moving. Changing it in advance will ensure that the changes are in place by moving day. Any subscriptions should be given the new address so that your magazines will arrive. Alert your bank to the move. You might need to switch banks if yours doesn’t have branches in your new location. That means you’ll have to investigate choices in the new area.

Driving and Pets

If you’re driving a long distance to the new home, you’ll want to make sure that the car is serviced prior to the drive. You don’t want to break down on the way to your new address. If you’re moving to a new state, check the requirements for your license before moving and start any paperwork that might be needed. Pets will need to be transported. In some cases, you might need a crate for the vehicle or safety harnesses for the back seat. These should be purchases and tested ahead of time to avoid any complications.

Gathering Packing Supplies

If you don’t want to buy boxes, you can gather boxes from sources throughout the weeks leading up to the move. Grocery stores often have boxes in their recycle bins they’d be willing to give you. According to Moving of America, beer boxes are great for heavy items like books because they already have handles. Think about the items you will be packing to decide on the type of boxes to get. They also suggest that you number the boxes and take inventory when you’re packing. You’ll know immediately whether all the boxes made it onto the truck.

These things should be done prior to packing so it’s best to make a check list that can be consulted as the day of the move draws near.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.