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September 22, 2014 Before You Move

Understanding the move timeline

Whether you’re moving across town, or across the country, the process is pretty similar as far as time frames go.  Many experts suggest anywhere between one and two months before the move date as a good time to begin the packing process. Many people think that a week or two prior to moving might be sufficient, but to have a smooth move, a bit more time is better. It is wise to plan at least a month in advance for moving an average size household.

Phase 1 – One month before Moving Day
–  Go through your home and discard unwanted items
–  Sell items you no longer need or want
–  Give all other unwanted items to charity

Phase 2 – Three weeks before Moving Day
– Pack all seasonal or unused items
•  Holiday decorations
•  Fine china
•  Winter clothes if it’s a summer move, summer clothes if it’s a winter move
•  Certain tools or other items that will not be used or needed before the move
•  Stack all of the marked boxes neatly in their home locations

Phase 3 – Two Weeks before Moving Day
– Determine what items need to be held out for the final days in your old home
• Plates, silverware and glasses for each family member
•  Essential cooking gear, such as a skillet, saucepan, utensils

–  Determine what items will need to be put in “Open Me First” boxes
• Toys for children to have immediately at the new house
• Essential cooking gear, such as a skillet, saucepan, utensils
• Tools needed to set up new home
• Toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates
• Enough linens and bedding for initial use in the new home

–  Determine what items will go with you rather than with the movers
• Valuables
• Important papers
• Clothing and toiletries for each family member
• Important toys or sleep aids for younger family members
• Supplies for pets

Phase 4 – One and a half weeks before Moving Day
–  Begin the actual packing
•  Start packing less used items first and leave more used items until last
•  Pack each box carefully and use packing materials to protect items
•  Tape each box shut neatly and completely
•  Carefully mark each box with the contents and where the box will go in the new house
•  Make sure everyone performing the packing uses the same packing and marking strategy
•  Stack boxes neatly in the rooms with ease of access for the movers

This should allow enough time to have everything completely packed before the movers arrive.

Suddath Relocation Systems. Article posted by Jeff.Walker on August 25, 2014. MovingScam.com