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Using a Timeline When Preparing to Move

 

After finding the perfect property amid the list of newly-constructed homes in Fort Myers, it is time to start preparing for the move. Bankrate offers a moving timeline that can make relocating less stressful.

After finding the perfect property, it is time to start preparing for the move. Bankrate offers a moving timeline that can make relocating less stressful.

6 Weeks Before Moving

  • Start asking friends, family members or even coworkers for recommendations on trustworthy moving services, if needed.

  • Consider what items you can part with to lower the number of moving boxes needed for your move.

  • Create an organized way of keeping track of paperwork, receipts and other documentation you will need throughout the moving process.

5 Weeks Before Moving

  • After getting estimates from prospective movers, select and contact your chosen moving company with a moving date in mind. You will also need to clarify if services will also include packing.

  • Change your address through the post office to ensure all important mail gets forwarded to the new house.

  • Notify schools, doctors, dentists and veterinarians of your move and gather copies of records that can be passed on to new locations.

4 Weeks Before Moving

  • If you will be packing your own items, four weeks is a good time to start collecting moving supplies including boxes, tape and packing paper.

  • You will likely have items that won't be used in weeks leading up to the move, so start packing these, room-by-room.

  • Create a necessity box of items you will be using up until the move and what will be needed upon arrival at the new house. This may include dishes, utensils and toiletries.

  • Pack a box of only cleaning supplies that will be easy to access once arriving at the new house, which may need a thorough cleaning before unpacking.

3 Weeks Before Moving

  • Check storage areas of your home for items that still need to be packed. Some areas commonly forgotten about include the garage and the attic.

  • Confirm that the post office received your change of address request.

  • Make sitter arrangements for children and pets, as they can be a big distraction on moving day. Pets are easily stressed by lots of activity, so this can make for a smoother move.

2 Weeks Before Moving

  • Confirm the moving date with your selected moving company.

  • Close bank accounts if there is not a local branch where you are relocating to.

  • Get a cashier's check for movers.

1 Week Before Moving

  • Confirm the moving date with your selected moving company.

  • Close bank accounts if there is not a local branch where you are relocating to.

  • Get a cashier's check for movers.

On Moving Day

  • Complete a final inspection of your previous home after everything is moved out.

  • Lock all windows and doors to ensure security of your home if it is still listed for sale.

  • Turn off all appliances.

  • Arrive at the new location before the movers.

  • Check for any damaged items before the moving service leaves.

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    Overall, preparation is key to the moving process. Planning ahead will help you reduce stress and enjoy your new home.