Generally, it’s a good idea to begin your moving process as soon as you finalize your move. It’s a lengthy and stressful process, which demands proper time and planning.
Now, ‘the moving process’ includes everything from wrapping things up at your current place of residence to hiring Carrollton movers and ensuring your new place is ready to get settled in.
In this post, we’ll share a detailed guide on how to initiate the moving process as well as some useful tips on how to go about it efficiently. Let’s dive in!
When Should You Start the Moving Process?
Experts recommend beginning the moving process at least eight weeks prior to your move (i.e., two months). This is how they divide this time:
- Six to eight weeks prior to the moving date: Clean and declutter your house.
- Five weeks prior: Sell the items you do not want to keep (in other words, arrange a moving sale).
- Four weeks prior: Research and settle for a reliable moving company.
- Two to three weeks prior: Start packing your stuff.
- One week prior: Ensure everything is done as planned.
Keep in mind there is no hard and fast rule for when to begin with the moving process. But you can use the above expert-recommended time division as a guideline. In addition, make sure to read our post on the least expensive month to move, so you can time your move appropriately.
What Does the Moving Process Include?
The moving process includes winding things up at your current place of residence. By this, we’re referring to:
- Closing your local accounts (if you’re relocating to a new city or country)
- Saying goodbye to neighbors
- Closing or transferring your utility accounts
- Finishing up all other routine tasks and commitments within your old neighborhood
We also recommend updating your address at your bank, academic institutes, online accounts, and any other relevant institutes or organizations to ensure that any new mail is delivered at the right location.
Similarly, make sure you arrange the necessary utility connections at your new home and say hello to your new neighbors. If you’ve got at least two months before you move, it’s also a good idea to give your current neighbors a heads-up about potential upcoming inconveniences (such as your rental moving trucks occupying some of their parking space for a while).
Apart from this, the moving process includes packing and transporting all your belongings to your new home. This process should ideally begin with decluttering so that you do not carry any unnecessary stuff to your new place.
Where to Start Packing When Moving
A question that usually follows “when should I start the moving process,” is “where do I start packing?” We believe the best answer to this would be: start with the room you use the least (such as storage places like the attic or basement). Keep the living room, bedroom, and kitchen for the last–but the items within these rooms should be packed at least three to four days before the move.
Note that it is possible for two people to pack the entire house within three to four days if they dedicate day and night to it, but that may be impractical because there are other engagements throughout the day. This is why it is a good idea to hire full-service movers, who can do it all in only a few hours.
How to Begin Packing When Moving
First, create a checklist of the goods that you’ve to move. Make sure this list is organized room by room. Next, arrange the following packing supplies:
- Cardboard boxes of appropriate size
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap, newspapers, or trash bags
- Permanent markers
Once arranged, begin packing your items room by room. Try not to mix items from one room with another, and avoid leaving too much empty space in boxes. Finally, make sure you generously bubble wrap any fragile items and carry them carefully to your new place.
The moving process generally takes a total of two months, but those two months aren’t stressful if you thoughtfully plan it out and commit. If your move is less than two months away, full-service movers are your cheat-sheet to completing your move stress-free and on time!