February 19th, 2014
There are many components to consider during your move into your new home. Grand View Builders has helped and seen hundreds of families move over the years and we have learned what steps need to be taken to make the transition as smooth as possible. Our team wants to share our expert advice with you to ensure you have an excellent move.
For your convenience, we’ve put together a general moving timeline to help you stay organized during your move. Stick to this schedule to avoid as much moving chaos as possible.
Since the busiest time of year for moving is June through August, moving prices are higher and companies’ availability is lower during these peak months. If possible, plan your move during the off-peak season of September through mid-May as movers are less busy and more willing to offer a competitive rate.
Six Weeks Out
While planning for your move this far in advance may seem unnecessary, the farther in advance you plan, the more options you’ll have for your move. We recommend hiring a mover at least one month in advance. Ask your friends, neighbors and real estate professionals for recommendations on reliable and trusted movers in your area. Once you’ve selected a handful of choices, request quotes to price out your options. Having at least three licensed moving companies quote your move allows you to compare and negotiate the best price. While pricing movers, take into consideration their insurance policies, overage rates, on-site estimate options and included supplies and equipment. Once you’ve selected a moving company that suits your needs, set a date and sign the contract before the offer expires.
Five Weeks Out
Packing is the most time consuming portion of a move. Start the packing process by going through room-by-room and sorting your items into piles labeled “keep,” “donate,” discard” and “sell.” Before packing any of your valuable items, you’ll need to get them appraised in case the items are lost or broken during the move. If you find you have an abundant amount of items in your “discard” or “sell” piles, consider having a garage sale. Starting the de-cluttering process five weeks in advance allows you enough time to plan and host a garage sale or to make a few trips to your local Good Will Donation Center.
Four Weeks Out
Gather all your packing supplies: boxes of varying sizes, packing, masking and blue painters tape, tape dispensers, labels, colored stickers and wrapping materials including plastic wrap, bubble wrap and tissue paper. Labels and colored stickers will help you keep your boxes organized. We recommend assigning a color to each room and placing the corresponding colored sticker on boxes containing items from that room.
Three Weeks Out
Start packing contents of the attic and garage, as well as other infrequently used items three weeks before your move.
If you are moving into a previously owned home, you’ll want to call a locksmith and schedule to have your new home’s locks changed a few weeks before moving day.
We also recommend arranging for all the utilities in your old home to be disconnected ahead of time. We recommend reaching out to your service providers three weeks before your move and scheduling your last day of service for the day after your move.
Two Weeks Out
Roughly two weeks before your move, you’ll need to complete a change-of-address form so your mail can be forwarded to your new address. You can fill out the form online here or do so at the post office. Additionally, notify your credit card companies, banks, magazine and newspaper subscriptions of your new address, as it usually takes a couple of weeks for all those change to be completed.
One Week Out
Print an information sheet with your old and new address, directions and your cell phone number for the movers. It’s best to do this a week in advance so that it doesn’t slip your mind during the craziness of move day. Finish packing and labeling all your boxes, with the exception of setting aside what you’ll need for the week ahead, and organize your boxes by room to maximize efficiency on moving day.
Make sure someone is available at both your old and new house so he or she can direct the movers. At your old home, do a walk through before the movers arrive to ensure everything is organized, so that nothing is left behind. Once boxes start arriving at your new home, check these items off of your inventory list as they are unloaded.
Once all your belongings have been successfully transported to your new house, take a minute to celebrate, because you survived moving day!
Stay tuned for our upcoming “How to Pack” series where we’ll provide tips and tricks on the best packing techniques for each and every room of your home.