Moving homes can be quite the undertaking and oftentimes takes more time and planning than most people think. Add that on top of your normal day-to-day duties and suddenly it feels like you lost all hope of sleeping! Of course, hiring a moving company can make the process go more smoothly and quickly, but making a moving timeline from the very beginning is really one of the best strategies to tackle all your to-dos and make sure you have your home ready in time. Let’s take a look at a standard moving timeline and then get into how to build your own timeline for the move!
Here is a 2-month sample timeline you can use to guide yourself when you make yours!
● Clean & organize
● Gather boxes
● Hold a garage sale
● Book your moving company
● Pack lesser-used items
● Sign lease/close home sale
● Get keys for new home
● Final repairs
● Pack everything except essentials
● Make plans for items that can’t go in truck
● Make travel plans for family
● Cancel local accounts and subscriptions
● Make arrangements for pets
● Pack everything but travel bags
● Disassemble furniture
● Wrap up all final affairs
● Forward mail to new home
● Load your truck
● Clean the old home one final time
● Transfer utilities
● Fix any last-minute issues
● Hand over old keys
● Travel safe!
Now that you’ve seen a sample guide and have an idea of what your two-month timeframe should look like, here are some things to keep in mind as you build your timeline:
Make a Master Moving Information Sheet
Getting organized will be the key to making sure you are keeping track of everything during your move. Grab a binder or notebook and get organized by writing down every single vital detail. Whether it be important dates to remember, receipts, your moving budget, what items you plan to donate, what items you plan to sell… keeping everything about your move written down in one place will keep you and your brain organized.
Plan Your Moving Timeline Length
Although 2 months might seem like a long time to prepare for a move, this is the timeline recommended by almost all moving companies to make sure you get everything done without making you feel burnt-out.
Moving can take a lot of time, especially if you have a lot of belongings. 2 months will give you plenty of time to organize your things as you go and donate things you don’t need, that way your unpacking job becomes a lot easier.
Depending on how your schedule is for the 2 months leading up to your move, you can break those months down into weeks like we did above to create your own timeline.
Make a Moving To-Do List
Before categorizing all your to-do’s into a calendar to determine the timeline, you will need a to-do list first! Write down all of the things you need to do first so you can see what kind of time you need to get it all done.
Don’t forget to factor in the time you will need for cleaning! Once you have your list and deadlines (see next section), you can begin to add those to-dos to wherever they make the most sense in the timeline.
Setting deadlines can help to keep you on task and motivated. For packing/organizing, breaking the task up into chunks can help make things seem less overwhelming, whether you break it up room by room or category by category, depending on what works best for you.
Make sure to also write down the deadlines for the old and new house. For example, when do the old keys need to be handed over? When do you close on your lease or home purchases? When do you get the new keys? When do you have to transfer utilities? Once you have your deadlines you can figure out where the to-dos will fit into your timeline.
Get It Done Early
Making sure you have mostly everything done a week before your actual moving date is important. There will always be a delay somewhere, so having that last week to plan for any delays is really helpful in decreasing the stress experienced in the days before the big move.
Discussing schedule flexibility with your scheduled moving company might also be a good idea so you are prepared in case of a situation. Every moving company has their own set of policies so make sure you know what to expect. The last thing you need is a surprise that could ruin the big day.