Whether you are using household goods movers, renting a truck and moving yourself, loading a pod/or trailer, this guide will help you so you don’t forget some very important things to assist you with the moving process.  This is a stressful time in your life, rated high amongst other things that can cause stress in your life.  This is broken down into different timetables of how you can manage every aspect of your move, starting with 10- 16 weeks all the way down to your move day, so you do not have to be overwhelmed with trying to accomplish everything at once.

printable checklist


If you are planning to sell your home, now is a good time to have your house, townhouse, or condo on the market.  Hire a realtor, or do it yourself.  With a slow economy you want to allow more time for your property to be sold.

TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE:  Start disposing of items you don’t use or need anymore.  You can donate items to a local charity, or have a garage sale and make a few bucks while doing so.  The less you have to move; especially when using a moving company, you will be using the movers for less money, with fewer items, and will save money and time if doing it yourself.

START RESEARCHING YOUR NEW COMMUNITY:  It is a really good idea to include your family with this part of your move, especially with children.  Start figuring out where you would like to live, or if you are being relocated by a company, start looking for a new home, apt, condo, townhouse, etc.  Check out the communities, banking institutes, schools, activities, things that are near the area of where you will be considering relocating.


HAVE A BUDGET:  Figure out what you can and can’t afford, whether you will be able to use movers, (be careful of going with the companies that are lowballing everything if it doesn’t make sense, and you don’t have to choose the most expensive, do your research make sure they are affordable movers within your budget if that is the route you wish to go.  You may also decide that you do not want to use movers, and would rather go the portable storage option, or renting trailer space, etc or doing the move yourself.  All of this requires planning and budgeting to see what you will have to come up with to complete your moving process.

MAKE ARRANGEMENTS:  Especially when it comes to traveling long distances, start checking into hotels, flights, car rentals, auto shipping, pet transportation, baby sitters, there is a lot required when relocating out of state or long distances.

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