Moving takes time, which is why most experts will recommend you start planning and preparing for your move at least eight weeks out. Last week, we looked at the tasks you should do the first day you’re in your new home. This week, let’s look at a few things you should do eight weeks out from moving day.
Now’s the time to research moving companies, whether you’re hiring someone to do it for you or going the DIY route. If you’re doing it yourself, start asking friends and relatives to help. If you want to avoid asking someone to help for the whole day, Lifehacker suggests asking them to come in shifts. That way, no one has to spend the whole day moving you.
When you reserve your truck, you’ll also want to get the tools you’ll need to do the job, including a handcart or dolly, furniture movers, or blankets. You can rent or buy these items.
Last, you want to know now whether your furniture will fit in your new place. Measure your large furniture and the doorways at your new home.
Now’s the time to change your address with the Post Office, either online or in person. You can choose what date you want the change to be effective, so it’s OK to do it now. If you make the change online, you’ll need a credit card for verification purposes.
You should also call your new utilities to start the process of opening your new accounts, transferring accounts, or setting up service.
Don’t wait for the eight-week mark to start collecting boxes! You can find free boxes from stores, your office, and friends. If you regularly order online, save those boxes, too. You’ll need a variety of sizes, so gather whatever you can. You can also purchase boxes online or from moving companies and some home improvement stores.
Don’t wait until the last minute! Nonessentials and seasonal items can be packed now. If you don’t use it every day or won’t use it between now and moving day, pack it up. Most of us find it useful to pack by room. It’s an easy way to keep your belongings organized and makes unpacking easier. Label each box with the room, and be sure to make “heavy” on overweight boxes.
You’ll need a few days’ worth of clothes, toiletries, and medications, so pack an overnight bag for each person in your house. Then, set these items apart from the rest of your boxes so that they don’t get buried at the back of the truck.