The Ultimate Home Moving Checklist

Moving home? A long-distance moving company, Highland Atlas, is here to lend a hand not only with reliable long-distance moving services and packing supplies but with a helpful home moving checklist to help reduce stress and make the process all the more efficient.

2 months ahead of the move

While the big move may still seem a while away, now is the best time to get started, especially when it comes to sorting through your belongings and getting rid of any that you no longer need or use. Sorting. The sorting process can take a while, but it is imperative that you do it thoroughly well ahead of moving day. Begin by focusing on one room at a time, taking the time to open every drawer and cupboard and work through its contents. Set aside everything that you would like to get rid of and separate these items into three groups: ‘throw-away’, ‘donate’ and ‘sell’. It is also wise to create a list of any particular items that will require special packing or extra insurance coverage. Hire a long-distance moving company. The best long distance moving companies tend to get booked up really quickly, so you will want to book the one that you want to handle your move as soon as possible – no less than eight weeks before the big day if you are to avoid disappointment. Remember to do plenty of research before choosing a long-distance moving company by speaking to friends and relatives and asking for their recommendations. It is always smart to request in-home estimates when making a long-distance move in order to ensure a more accurate quote. Contact your kids’ school. Most schools will require notice that a student is leaving – usually about two months. So now is the time to get in touch and let them know your plans to relocate. Be sure to request copies of your children’s school records and find out how best to transfer them to your kids’ new school(s). If you have yet to find a new school, now is a good time to do so.

1 and a half months ahead of the move

Make your bookings. If you are moving long-distance, now is a great time to book your flights and any accommodation that you may need before you are ready to move into your new home. You do not want to leave this step until later as the closer to the move you get, the higher the prices are likely to be. Organize your packing supplies. A long-distance move means that there is a greater risk of damage if your belongings are not packed properly. In order to reduce this risk, you will need to get hold of and use the right packing supplies. You will need sturdy boxes in a wide range of sizes, bubble wrap or newspaper for protecting fragile items, packing paper, packing tape, as well as specialty packaging for items like dishes. Here at Highland Atlas, we are one of the long-distance moving companies that can also provide you with quality packing supplies and expert packing services. Source all necessary documents. You will need to get in touch with doctors and specialists and request all of the necessary documents before moving away. If they will not supply you with the originals, you can request that they transfer your medical records instead.

1 month ahead of the move

Get packing. It may seem slightly premature, but you will be amazed at how time-consuming the packing process can be! Steer clear of the household items that you use on a regular basis and focus your attention instead on those that you use less frequently or seasonally. Remember to label all of your boxes carefully so that you are able to find what you are looking for at any point in time quickly and efficiently. Some people choose to make a list of every item that is included in each box. This may be helpful, but it is recommended to avoid doing so on the box itself as this could promote theft. Take measurements. It is definitely worthwhile to take measurements if you own particularly large items or items that are oddly shaped. This will aid you in establishing whether or not you will be able to get these items comfortably out of your old home and into your new one, and will allow you to make special arrangements if necessary well ahead of moving day. See to your pets. If you have pets, you will need to organize a pet sitter for moving day and/or make travel plans for them to travel to their new home. If you will be flying to a new country, this can often be a lengthy and stringent process, so be sure to start early! Weigh up your storage options. You will need to decide which storage facilities to make use of if you will need to store your belongings for a period of time before moving into your new house. Get in touch with utility companies. You will need to instruct your already-existing companies to disconnect their services from your home on the day after the big move and ensure that your new home has its utilities installed ahead of your arrival. Avoid overstocking the fridge and freezer. Trying to keep food cold and/or frozen while you move is a stressor that you can really do without. As such, try to avoid buying too much food from here on in, and do your best to eat as much from the freezer as you can over the course of the next few weeks. Notify. There will be a few people and companies that you will need to notify about your move and give a month’s notice to. These include your employer, your bank etc.

2 weeks ahead of the move

Confirm with your chosen long-distance moving company. Now is the time to make sure that everyone is on the same page in terms of scheduling for moving day. It is also a good idea to ensure that you have the right insurance in place. Clean up. Give your home a deep clean, especially when it comes to the carpets, rugs and upholstery.

1 week ahead of the move

Focus on packing. If at all possible, aim to complete the general packing process a few days before moving day. The only items that should remain are those that you make use of on a daily basis. Pack a separate bag. You will need to pack a special bag for yourself that contains a change of clothing, PJs, and other basics, such as your phone charger, toothbrush etc. This bag will help you to survive the time period between moving and unpacking in your new home. Disconnect. Unplug any large appliances and give them a thorough cleaning. Be sure to defrost your freezer a minimum of 24 hours before the move. Contact the movers. Make one last effort to double-check that all of the necessary plans are in place to ensure a seamless move. Ask any last-minute questions that may come to mind. Disassemble furniture. Place screws, brackets and fasteners in a small plastic storage bag and tape it to the bottom of the furniture for easy access when it is needed again.

The big day

Hopefully, since you have been so meticulous in your planning up until now, moving day will not be nearly as stressful as you had envisioned. Greet the movers. Begin by greeting the movers and giving them access to the property so that they can get started. Keep an eye. It is always recommended that you supervise the load-in, making sure to watch out for damage. Clean. Either hire a company to take care of cleaning your old house once all of your belongings and furniture have been loaded, or take an hour to two to do it yourself. The easiest way to give it a thorough clean is to go from room to room as the moving crew empties them. Avoid packing your valuables. There are a few items that you definitely do not want to pack into boxes. These include valuables like jewelry, laptops, credit cards, and medication. Do a final walk-through. Make certain that you have not left anything behind, that everything has been properly cleaned, and that you have switched off all lights and ceiling fans, and closed all of the windows. Facilitate the move-in.

Once you arrive at your new home, you will need to direct the moving crew in terms of where you want specific boxes placed.

Once the move is complete, be sure to have a quick look for any damage that may have taken place during the moving process and notify the movers in this regard. Pay the company. Pay the movers for a job well done and consider tipping the moving crew if you feel they exceeded your expectations. Do not forget to sign an inventory sheet before they leave, making sure that you get a copy for your own records. Clean. Again. It is time to get cleaning once again. Even if the previous owners cleaned thoroughly before moving out, there is likely to have been some time in between them leaving and you moving in. Probably just enough for a decent amount of dust to accumulate. Do the cleaning yourself or hire a cleaning service to take care of this task on your behalf. Set up. A good place to start is assembling your furniture and setting up your bedding so that you have a clean, comfortable place to sleep even if you do not manage to get through all of the unpacking. Unpack. Start by unpacking the items that you make use of the most often, like your kettle or coffee machine, dishes, utensils etc. and then make your way through the rest of the boxes as you go. If you notice any damage while you are unpacking, take photographs and notify your long-distance moving company immediately. If the damage is on the outside of the box, it is best to set it aside and wait for the company to conduct an inspection. Ultimately, moving day can be an exciting and seamless event as long as you plan for it well in advance and follow the aforementioned recommendations. It obviously also helps if you have a reputable long distance moving company to assist you in reducing stress and maximizing efficiency. For local moving and long-distance moving services, always be sure to get in touch with Highland Atlas.

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  • Pre-Move Consultation
  • In-Home Survey
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  • Packing Supplies
  • Furniture Placement
  • Cartons in Appropriate Rooms
  • Reassembly as Needed
  • Removal of Agent Packed Debris
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  • Scheduling Services
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