Six Weeks Out
Start cleaning and organizing cupboards, dressers, sideboards, closets, the attic and any spaces that you can’t see. By getting everything organized you can decide to get rid of unwanted items and prepare for easily boxing things up.
Start making a list of all the people and companies that send you mail because you’ll have to eventually notify them of your change of address.
Garage Sale! Or, donate the stuff that has followed you from your last move that you still haven’t used.
One Month Out
Finalize your move date so you can start organizing countdown details.
Appoint a moving firm, hire a moving van, and/or let your friends/family know of the moving date.
Schedule the cleaning service.
Request time off work if needed.
Get friends/family who are helping to request time off work. Be prepared to pay them in pizza and beer.
Cancel any contracts that need one month’s notice (for example, nursery school).
Start using all the food in your cupboards and freezer. Running your supplies down ensures you don’t waste time and money moving them.
Keep packing and start to note the things you want to move personally (valuables, important documents, passports, etc) versus the things that others can move for you.
Notify the post office of your move date and put an automatic forward on your mail.
Schedule a hook-up of all services to the new house for a couple days after move in day. Most require approximately three weeks notice in order for you to schedule a connection time that works.
Two Weeks Out
If you take medication, make sure you have adequate prescriptions to cover the moving period.
Safely dispose of all flammables e.g. paints, gas bottles, cleaning fluids, etc.
Get rid of anything that you don’t want by donating it or taking it to the dump.
If you have children, consider finding a babysitter for the kids while you move (you know we don’t judge on child labour though!). Life can be easier if you have pets stay at a friends as well.
Remind friends/family that the move date is in two weeks and they are now officially out of time to find an excuse not to be there to help out. (Pssst: remind them of pizza and beer).
One Week Out
Put all your important documents/valuables in one plain, sturdy box and place it where you can keep your eye on it. This box should include passports, driving licenses, house deeds, Wills, insurance papers, jewelry and cash.
Keep your cleaning items off to one side. You may need to use these before you move into the new house (vacuum, cleaning supplies, sponges, paper towel, window cleaner, etc).
Keep all your moving-related documents nearby. Follow up with a confirmation call to the moving company or truck rental that all is ready to go.
Finish packing so you have everything boxed up and ready to go other than what is necessary to use for the next week. Enjoy the feeling of a boxed-up house, sit on the floor, and reminisce about the memories you made.
Remind friends/family that the move is next week and firm up times, transportation and logistics. Hopefully, they are not screening your calls at this point.
One Day Out
Label one box “TOP BOX” and have it contain the absolute essentials: coffee and coffee pot, sugar, toilet paper, hand soap and towel, etc.
Make sure that every box has a destination room clearly noted.
Ensure that everything is packed, taped, and strongly contained.
Strip the beds and put the sheets/bedding to one side so that you can remake the beds once they’re set up in the new house.
Make arrangements to get the keys to your new home.
If you have children, make sure to set aside any special toys, blankets or items that will help them feel more settled.
Make arrangements for food and drinks to be available at the current house and new house. Pack a cooler or make plans to stop at a grocery store to get food.
Stay until your movers and/or helpers have finished.
Make sure everyone has driving directions to the new house. Especially if you have hired movers and are paying by the hour.
Take one final look around to ensure everything has been packed. Take a deep breath.
Before leaving, check that all windows are secure and water, gas, and electricity supplies are switched off.
Clean the house. Defrost the freezer.
Collect your valuables, cleaning items, and anything that you personally want to move and head to your new home! Don’t forget the cat, unless he’s a jerk. Then leave him for the new tenants.
Once You’re In Your New Home
Take a look at the house and make sure everything is in order. Put a roll of toilet paper in every washroom. Save that awkward call for help from one of your friends/family/movers.
Make sure you (or someone you appoint) is present when the moving company arrives so you can guide them around the house confirming what is to be moved and any special instructions.
Check the unloading of your items and account for each one on your packing inventory. Check for damaged items.
Place moving and other important documents in a safe place.
Pizza and beer are the traditional pay for the volunteers who helped you move in. Save that bottle of champagne for yourself later tonight to celebrate.
Consider what’s most important and get that done first. If you have frozen food, sort out the freezer. If you want to sleep in your bed, get the beds put together, etc.
Congratulations on the big move into your new home!