You’re planning a move and don’t know where to start from? This is where a moving checklist comes in – it’s invaluable for planning and staying on task during relocation. Whether you’re moving out of state or into a new locally, this moving checklist takes you by hand.
Before you start to pack, you must make sure that all the utilities transfer with you. These include all the packing boxes, papers, bubble wraps, tape, label markers, etc. You must make sure that the packing boxes are of good quality in nature. If the boxes are good in quality then it can help you to keep the goods unharmed and undamaged.
Making the decision to move to a new home can be scary, but it can also be exciting. When you know you’re moving, you may be spending your days thinking about the extra space waiting for you in your next home, how you want to decorate your new bathroom, or the parties you’re going to be able to host.
It’s easy to get caught up in fantasizing about a new place and the new adventures you’ll have, only to realize you haven’t finalized the details of the actual “moving” part – or worse, that you haven’t really planned your move at all.
Do not leave the packing for the last minute. This is a big NO! Packing should be started as early as possible.
Packing up rooms, one by one, and keeping those items together in well-labeled boxes, will make your life so much easier on the back end! If your next home will have rooms with similar functions, be sure to label each box by the space where it should be unloaded.
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2 – 3 Months Before the Move
Once it’s been determined that you are indeed moving, there’s no more will I or won’t I, you now know you need to pack it all up and move out. Now let’s begin.
Create and Organize a Moving Binder
If you want to create a moving plan that is effective and reduces your stress, this is where you should start. Get a brightly colored binder and clearly label it, so you know it’s the place to keep all things moving-related. Print out this moving checklist and place a copy in the binder.
In addition to moving paperwork, this is where you should keep phone numbers, receipts, swatches, and all the scraps of paper you’re been jotting details on. You’ll add more to the binder as your move progresses.
This binder should only be used for items related to moving, and nothing else. When questions come up about moving, you’ll always know where to turn to look for the answer.
Create a moving budget template and start setting your budget. To get an estimate of how much your move may cost, use our moving cost calculator or search for moves similar to yours online and see how much they cost.
Keep in mind the distance you’re traveling and the number of possessions you are taking with you since those are major factors in determining the total cost. If you’re shipping a vehicle to your new home, budgeting for that now will save you the headache later.
Don’t forget to calculate additional costs for travel expenses such as plane tickets (if you’re going out of state), living expenses for the first month at your new home, and packing materials.
You will have to decide on how much of the moving work you want to hire someone to do for you, and those tasks that you can handle yourself to reduce your expenses. Your highest cost will likely be for transporting your items from your old location to your new space, whichever method you use for that.
There are several moving options to choose from, each with varying costs, advantages, and disadvantages:
Full-service move: With a full-service move, the movers handle everything from packing and loading to transportation, to unloading and unpacking. This is the most expensive type of move. The American Moving and Storage Association estimates that the average cost of a full-service local move is $2,300, and $4,300 for a full-service long-distance move with an average weight of 7,400 pounds.
Read more: How Much Does it Cost to Hire Movers
Partial-service move: If you’re planning to do some, but not all, of the moving work yourself, you can hire a moving labor company to handle the loading and unloading, and/or the packing and unpacking. Generally, moving labor companies require you to rent the moving truck, and their team will handle the heavy labor for a set hourly rate. Hiring moving labor is cheaper than a full-service move, and more expensive than doing it yourself – the trade-off is the time spent (or saved).
Movable freight containers: This is a cheaper option than moving labor, and maybe more or less expensive than renting a moving truck, depending on how far you’re moving. This method involves renting a freight or storage container that you pack with your household items. Then, the rental company will transport the container to your new home, and you’ll do the unloading. Costs start from $70 for each locally transported container and can range up to $5,000 to transport the contents of a large home long-distance, as stated by PODS.
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DIY: This method involves – you guessed it – doing it yourself. You handle the packing, unpacking, and everything in between. With a DIY move, your biggest expense will be renting a moving truck. When calculating the total costs of DIY moving, remember to consider the value of your time, as this method is likely to take a lot longer than the others.
Want to know more about the different ways you can move? Skip ahead to the section “What Are Your Options for Moving?” for more information about moving strategies and costs.
Additional Budget Factors to Consider
Based on the method you choose, here are some extra items you may want to add to your moving budget:
Professional cleaners: Home Advisor states that the rates for hiring house cleaners range from $25 to $90 per individual cleaner or $50 to $90 per hour for professional cleaning service.
Packing supplies: For convenience, you can purchase packing supplies for your move. U-Haul provides a 3- to 4-bedroom household kit of moving supplies for around $300.
Read more: Top 10 Places To Buy Moving Supplies Online
Moving insurance: Insuring your move can cost anywhere from $50 to $1,250 or more depending on what type of insurance you get (full-value protection or third-party insurance), as estimated by Consumer Affairs.
Professional organizers: Hiring a professional home organizer to unpack your new home can not only save you time but also give you a great start in keeping your new home clean and organized. Expect to pay from $55 to $100 per hour for home organizers, as stated by Home Advisor.
Travel expenses: These costs will be determined by the distance of your move, and whether there will be expenses for meals and lodging in addition to fuel and tolls.
Lost wages: Remember to calculate the costs associated with the inability to earn income, if you have to take some time off work to move.
Temporary housing: In some situations, you may need temporary lodging before you can move into your new home. Factor this into your budget, as well as any potential costs for short-term storage if you need to make arrangements to store your household items until your new home is move-in ready.
Research and Interview Moving Companies
After deciding whether you’re going to hire someone to help with some or all of your moves, you can use Long Distance & Out of State Movers Mayzlin Relocation to schedule in-home estimates with reputable companies or start researching companies and scheduling walk-throughs yourself.
Ask for moving company recommendations from friends and family, and collect information on each company to make sure they’re trustworthy and reliable.
Let them know your budget and see if a company is willing to work with you, or if you need to adjust the numbers. Either way, you’re still ahead of the game!
Prepare Your Family
If you have young children, it’s a good idea to start prepping them mentally for the change that is about to occur. Moving to a new place can be hard on them, so start getting them excited about the move now – so they have as much time as possible to process the upcoming changes.
If you are anxious about telling your children that they have to change schools, you aren’t alone – there are resources to help you, though.