If you’re moving, a checklist of what to do is a must to avoid last minute mad packing and stress. Apartment Therapy will tell you what you need to do when to insure you don’t spend your last day in your apartment sobbing.
A month before your scheduled moving day, start purging. Go through, one room at a time, and get rid of all the clutter that doesn’t need to waste space in your moving truck OR in your new home! This is also the time to order or procure moving supplies. You’ll need boxes, bubble wrap, tape and markers. Check out liquor stores and warehouse stores for free boxes. This is also a great time to write down all of your valuables and get insurance for them if you don’t already have it. You should also call your utility companies and arrange for your electric, cable, internet, etc. to be moved to your new place. Finally, get copies of school and medical records if you’re moving to a new town or changing schools.
Two weeks before the big day, have a garage sale. Not only will you have more stuff to profit off of because you’re closer to your moving day, but you can make money to pay for moving costs. You should also visit the local post office and fill out a change of address form and contact newspaper and magazines to let them know what your new address will be.
A week before, finish packing boxes to avoid a last minute scramble. You should also make arrangements for payment with the moving company and print out maps and directions for your movers. Put anything crucial, such as clothes and toiletries for the first few days in your new place, into suitcases.
Moving Day: make sure you have drinks and food on hand for your movers (this is particularly important if you’re enlisting the help of friends). Word to the wise, though, save the beer for once everything’s been delivered to the new place. Beer=loss of mover motivation. If you’re using professional movers, follow along as they inventory your items, sign the bill of landing, make sure everything on it is correct and you are given a copy. The last step, before you say good bye to your former abode, is to check that all doors and windows are locked and turn off all the lights and the thermostat.