When it comes to moving, the earlier you start, the better. This is especially true in the case of an OSM (out of state move). This timeline will help keep you on track and ensure that the process is as painless as possible.
Nine Weeks before Move
This is the time for preparing your home for the move. Sweep through each room to dispose of junk and box up items you’ll sell or donate. Make a file for important documents so you can organize papers as you work.
Use a binder to create a project planner for tracking information, checklists and expenses associated with your move.
Get estimates from local moving companies and interview the companies about how they handle the logistics of long-distance moves. Choose a company and book your move at least eight weeks out.
Seven Weeks before Move
Schedule a moving sale to free up space for packing and storing the items you don’t plan to keep. Arrange for a thrift store to pick up unsold items right after the sale ends.
Collect boxes from local stores and purchase moving supplies. Our consultant can advise you on the purchase of wardrobe boxes and specialty boxes for flat-screen TVs and other breakables, as well as on what items you should consider shipping ahead.
If you have children, contact their new schools for enrollment instructions and requirements.
Five Weeks before Move
Gather important documents such as birth, marriage and death records, insurance policies, medical and veterinary records (including vaccination), school records, car titles and deeds, and store them in a safe place.
Contact your current utility companies to find out how to disconnect service on moving day. Call the companies in your new town to arrange service to begin on or just before moving day.
Four Weeks before Move
If you rent your current home, give your landlord notice that you’re moving.
Alert your insurance companies of your interstate move, and transfer policies or purchase new ones valid in the state to which you’re moving.
Send change-of-address notifications. Remember to include creditors, delivery services and other companies you do business with.
Cancel local newspaper delivery, and order subscriptions for papers in your new location.
Three Weeks before Move
If you’ll be shipping valuable items, contact the delivery company for packing instructions, timelines and costs.
Determine whether your current bank has branches near your new home. If not, choose a new bank and open an account.
Two Weeks before Move
Pay all your bills for the coming month.
Bring your cars to the shop for any maintenance the mechanic suggests to ensure the vehicles are ready for the long drive to your new town.
Plan around possible moving-day stumbling blocks such as elevator availability, stairwell size and parking in your current and new locations.
Confirm dates and times with the moving company.
Week of Moving
Use up the food remaining in your refrigerator and freezer. Put together a kit of basic pantry items, cookware and dinnerware you’ll need over the coming week, and pack everything else.
Make similar kits for cleaning supplies, entertainment items such as toys and electronics, clothing and personal-care items for each member of your family, and then pack up remaining items.
Take care of last-minute errands such as returning videos and library books, picking up laundry and clearing out safe-deposit and post-office boxes.
Three Days before the Move
Create a special place for items you’ll move yourself so they don’t get mixed up with things the movers are to take.
Pack medications and one set of clothes for each family member. This ensures you won’t do without essentials in the event the movers are delayed.
Contact our consultant for final instructions and information regarding the move.
The Moving Day
Appoint someone to meet with the movers and offer special instructions, if necessary. This individual should also review the invoice.
Unplug major appliances, including the refrigerator, and remove the refrigerator door. Set the thermostat to 50 degrees.
That’s it! After over two months of preparation, you’re finally ready to go! It’s normal to feel a little bittersweet as you walk out the door for the last time, but once you’re on the road, excitement about the new life that lies ahead is sure to ease those heart-tugs.