6 weeks before you move:
When you’re six weeks out from a move, it’s important to make sure you’re getting all your ducks in a row. If you’re moving out of town, you’ll need to do things like spend time with family and friends. Then of course, you need to begin to organize your belonging (and life in general). There are dozens of tasks that must be addressed in this time, so keep reading our epic moving checklist to discover all you need to do. Don’t worry, six weeks is plenty of time to get it all done.
11. Make time for friends and relatives before moving day. Squeeze in a few last memories is your current home by throwing a simple dinner party. It doesn’t have to be elaborate to do the trick.
12. Collect free boxes from restaurants liquor, grocery, and office supply stores. You can also pay a visit to your local bookstore. They have more boxes than they know what to do with and will be more than happy to hand them over for free.
13. Research packing hacks to make moving day easier.
14. Label your moving boxes using different colored stickers/tape for each room. This will make your life a ton easier when you’re all moved in and ready to start unpacking.
15. Create an inventory sheet of all your valuables before they go on the moving truck. Also, keep a private list of which boxes you packed your valuables in.
16. Mark moving boxes that are fragile. You don’t want textbooks stacked on top of your grandmother’s china.
17. Take photos of all electronics before unplugging them. This will help jog your memory when you’re reconnecting things such as your TV and stereo.
18. Put all your hardware in labeled baggies for easy furniture reassembly.
19. Gather socks, t-shirts, towels, and linens to use as free packing supplies. Wrapping water glasses in dish towels? Why didn’t we think of that!
20. If you’re moving into an apartment, find out if there are any moving day requirements.
21. Address minor home repairs before moving out. If you live in an apartment, this might be the difference between getting your security deposit back, or not.
22. If you’re moving cross country, have your vehicles serviced. The last thing you want is to deal with a breakdown mid-move!
23. If your move requires shipping your car, don’t leave anything in it! Spare tires and jacks might go missing.
24. Measure doorways, stairways, and elevators to make sure all your furniture will fit. Measure twice – move once!
25. Research your new community for points of interest. Find your new favorite hangout spot or restaurant! Yelp and Foursquare are great places to start.
26. Last but not least for this section, pack a little every day. You don’t want to find yourself packing all of your belongings the night before.