Moving. Just the mention of the word, makes people nervous and stressed out! A majority of Americans have moved at least once in their lifetime and there are many families (especially military families) that have moved multiple times. Planning a move can be a stressful event. There are so many unknown factors that might happen the day of the move. However, if you properly prepare for the move and start planning in advance, you can be ready for those things that might pop up!
6-8 Weeks Before the Move
Start planning your move at least 6-8 weeks before you need to move. It is important to start the research for your move early. The busy moving season runs from the end of May through the end of September. If you need to move in that time, you will have to be flexible with your move date to accommodate the moving company’s schedule and availability. When you are researching moving companies, make sure to make “in-person” appointments with a representative for the moving company. DO NOT book moving companies online or over the phone. The in-person estimate is important as questions can be discussed and cost agreed upon and then put in writing. Online reservations only can lead to hidden fees and costs on moving day. If you are moving locally within the Atlanta area, there is another moving solution if you want to move your items on your own. Storage World on Wheels is a mobile storage solution where the storage container can be dropped off at your home, you load the contents and then call to have the container moved to your new home to be unloaded.
This is also a good time to start contacting utility companies such as phone, electric, gas, internet and cable to cancel service at your current home and connect service at your new home. If you have school-aged children, use the time to research local schools in your new neighborhood.
1 Month to Move
The month before your move date is usually the busiest. This is the time to start packing and organizing your belongings for the move. If you need moving or packing supplies, stop by Storage World’s 3 Atlanta area locations for boxes, packing tape and filler materials, such as bubble wrap and wrapping paper. Make sure to label the moving boxes with the contents of each box and put the destination room on the outside of the box, so the movers know where to place it in your new home. Keep a running inventory list of the boxes to double-check on the actual moving day. Notify the post office, insurance companies and credit card companies of your new address.
As you are packing, this is a good time to decide if you need to place your belongings in self storage. Self storage is a great option if you are downsizing your home or if you are moving out-of-state. Storage World has conventional and climate controlled storage units to help you with your storage needs.
Week Before the Move
The Week before the move is verification time! Make sure that your moving company and friend and family helpers are clear on the moving dates and times. Set aside items that you will need first at your new home. Label these boxes with “Load Last”, so the movers know to put that in the truck last and to remove first. Also, designate which items you will be moving in your car. Start cleaning empty rooms, check closets, storage areas, and clean out the kitchen and defrost the refrigerator.
The Day of the Move
Let the chaos begin….The day of the move is usually very hectic. But, with your proper planning, you can handle anything that can come along. Make sure that you are leaving everything in your current home clean for the new owner/renter. Wipe down the counters, sweep the floors and vacuum the carpets. Keep an eye on the movers and consult your inventory list to keep track of your items as they move. As you leave your home, close windows, turn off the lights and lock the doors.
When you arrive at your new home, check the utilities to see if they have been set up properly and are in working order. Change the locks on the doors and the windows. Consult your inventory list to make sure that all of the items that went on to the moving truck, make it off of the truck. If there are any problems, let the moving company know right away. Once you have settled into your new home, then it is time to explore and enjoy your new neighborhood.