The Guide to Moving Quickly: A Consolidated Moving Checklist
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The Guide to Moving Quickly: A Consolidated Moving Checklist
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Four weeks before you move:
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Find and book an in-home survey with an Updater Certified Moving Company.
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Schedule in-home estimates with moving companies.
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Select a moving insurance policy to protect your belongings during the move.
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See if your city requires a moving permit for parking the moving truck.
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Identify bulky furniture that is difficult to move and may require extra attention. Measure doorways, staircases, and elevators to ensure all your furniture will fit.
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Gather materials to pack fragile or unusual items such as plants, pianos, fine art, pool tables, and safes.
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Plan a yard sale to sell any unwanted items and donate remaining items to charity.
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Talk to your moving company about what appliances they will and will not move.
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Three weeks before you move:
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Start packing all nonessential items. Address any minor home repairs you find along the way.
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Collect free boxes from restaurants and liquor/grocery stores or invest in moving bins.
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Invest in colored labels for moving boxes.
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Set aside socks, t-shirts, towels, and linens to use as padding for packing plates, glasses, and other fragile objects.
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Send a moving announcement to friends and family with your moving date and your new address.
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Forward your mail with the U.S. Postal Service.
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Update subscriptions like newspapers, magazines, and loyalty programs to your new address.
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Two weeks before you move:
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Compare cable, internet, and phone providers in your new neighborhood. Schedule installation for your new home and set a cancellation date for your old services.
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Transfer your utilities such as water, electric, and natural gas to your new property and schedule a cut-off date with your current provider.
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Collect all financial and legal records in one convenient place. Here are some documents you’ll want to locate.
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Dispose of any gardening chemicals, cleaning products, or poisonous items.
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Transfer your homeowners or renters insurance to your new home.
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The week you move:
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Start a moving folder to collect any moving-related receipts and bills.
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Go through each room individually and pack items throughout the week as you no longer need to use specific items. Clean each room as you go.
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Designate an essentials box with everything you'll need during the first days in your new home.
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Withdraw cash to tip your movers.
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Empty and unplug your refrigerator and freezer to defrost the night before you move. Place a towel in front of the fridge to absorb any water that leaks.
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Drain the water hoses from your washing machine and ice maker.
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Moving day:
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Complete any last minute packing.
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Set a personal moving day itinerary.
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Protect tile, hardwood floors, and carpets during the cleaning and moving process.
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Remember to remove light bulbs from any lamps going into the moving truck.
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Do a final walkthrough of your entire home before you lock up.
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The One Week Moving Essentials:
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Book a reputable moving company. Without time for comparison, it’s essential to book a great moving company quickly.
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Throw away or donate as much as possible before you pack.
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After you look for free moving boxes, consider renting plastic bins and a roll of packing paper so you can start packing right away.
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Eat at home during your last week to clear your fridge and pantry.
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Plan out your wardrobe for the week before you pack, then pack the clothes that you don't plan on wearing for the week.
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