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2 weeks to the day before the move: Prepare for Moving Day!
- Arrange for moving help. It's time to call in some favors with friends and family. Ask if they are available and willing to lend a hand on moving day. Of course, be sure to get serious commitments and remind them about a week before moving day. Short on help? You can always choose to hire help for a reasonable cost.
- Start packing what you can. The earlier you start, the easier your move will be. Mark a few boxes as "Necessities." That way you'll know to open these first, once you arrive at your new place. Add things you may need quick access to: canned food, a pot or pan, a few forks, plates, towels, toiletries (not to mention toilet paper) and other things you'll need during your first night. Be sure to set aside a box for your important documents (rental agreement, insurance documents, credit card statements, blank checks, etc.) and valuables. We recommend that these items be kept with you at all times, if possible. Once you get closer to moving day, put bed linens and pillows in dresser drawers. That way, making up your beds the first night will be a snap.
- Think about items that need special consideration for the move. If you have lawn or garden tools, consider draining the gas and oil from lawn mowers, chainsaws, snow blowers, gas grills and kerosene heaters. Cars, motorcycles or any other vehicles you are shipping should have only a quarter of a tank of gas.
- Schedule disconnect dates with utility service providers for your current place. You can even set up new utility connection dates for your new place before you even arrive. Shop & compare utilities online. It's quick and easy!
- Think about ways moving day could be a little easier. Think about getting a sitter for moving day to watch your children and pets. This will help to free up some of your time and reduce your stress levels.
- Consider who needs to be contacted regarding change of address. The USPS offers a free change of address service. Contact the social security office, if needed, to give them your forwarding address. Remember to pay any unpaid tickets and taxes.
- Give a close friend or relative a copy of your itinerary in case of an emergency.
- Defrost and clean your fridge and freezer at least a day before the move.
- Make sure the moving truck has a place to park. If you live in a metropolitan area, you may need to inquire with the city to obtain a parking permit.
- Free up your schedule for the day before your move. If you ordered a packing crew, they will usually arrive the day before loading. Make sure to stay at home so you can supervise the packing and field any questions.