In the previous post, we discussed the importance of having a game plan together to make your moving experience as smooth and pain-free as possible. Hopefully the tips for what should be happening from six to eight weeks out got you thinking about what you've already taken care of and what still needs to be done. In this post, we'll provide some direction on what needs to be handled in the two to four weeks leading up to moving day.
Now's the time to put your earlier homework to good use. After you've gotten several written estimates and on-site visits, choose the mover that works best for you. Make sure you're all on the same page with written confirmation of dates and times, costs, and other details.
Now is the time to get those rarely-used or out of season items packed up and out of the way. Anything you can get taken care of now is less to worry about as the big day approaches. You'll have enough to keep track of then! As you pack valuables, make note of anything that may need additional insurance from the moving company, and detail these items on your inventory.
Make sure each box is marked with the room it's going to and what's contained inside. If there any of your belongings will be needed soon after moving, make a note of that too by marking it essential.
You'll want to make sure that you personally have valuables and keepsakes you want to move in your own vehicle put aside from items for the movers. This would include jewelry, family heirlooms and important papers. It's a good idea to keep the paperwork and estimate from your mover with this box, because you may need it on moving day for reference.
Whether you do it in person at the post office or choose the convenience of doing it online, don't forget that the USPS knows where you're going! If you have a neighbor with whom you're close, ask them to check from time to time to make sure nothing has slipped through. Make sure your bank and financial firms, credit card companies, utilities, your employer, insurers and periodicals or subscriptions have your new address.
If you've found new doctors where you're moving, arrange for your current doctors to send your records directly to them. If you haven't found new providers yet, get copies you can take with you. You also may want to check with your current doctor to see if they can recommend someone.
Let your boss know you'll need that day off to supervise the move (although there's a good chance they already know!).
This one is especially important if you have a long distance to drive, or will be living in a different climate. Check with your mechanic to see if there are any special services that need to be considered before moving.
If you have a safe-deposit box, make sure it isn't forgotten in all the activity in changing banks and so
Put your mind at ease, and make sure everything is still all-systems go!
Watch for our next post, the final part of the Moving Timeline series, which will be covering that last week up through moving day. In the meantime, if there are any questions you have or if you'd like to get an estimate from us, give us a call! Brandon Transfer and Storage has spent nearly 100 years getting homes, businesses and medical equipment moved safely from point A to point B.