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Moving timeline – week by week moving tips

Pre-Move Activities - December 3, 2018

Well, since you are moving, the congratulations are in order now! This is a really big step whether this is your first time or the tenth. Moving takes up a lot of our time and our willpower and it is usually really exhausting, both physically and mentally. For example, if this is your first time and you are leaving your home and parents, it is perfectly fine to be nervous. This is a really challenging situation and not everybody copes with pressure equally good. However, eventually, everything comes into its place. It is important to look at things from a brighter perspective and not let everything overwhelm you. Making a working moving timeline is not easy though.

Yes, many things can go wrong, but it is important to always be able to pause everything and say to yourself that everything is going to be all right in the end. There are many details to be taken care of, but there are also many ways to make everything a lot easier. First of all, you can always ask for help. Your friends and family are always the best options for this. If they are not available, however, you can always turn to professionals.

Many moving companies Massachusetts offer not just the standard moving services, but they also help with packing and offer other services. The key to doing anything successfully and without stress is making a good plan and sticking to it. Since moving is such a complex process, it is important to really take your time, sit down and think it through thoroughly. One of the best things about plans is their ability to put our brains into focus. So, let’s then what makes up for a good moving plan? This is our week per week guide for moving.

8 to 7 weeks before the moving day

So, once you have found your apartment and settled everything with your new landlord (or the seller, if you are buying the apartment), your moving timeline starts now. At this point, when your move is two months away, the first big decision for you is whether you are going to look for a moving company or are you going to do the move yourself. When it is possible, always choose the first option.

Moving is a very hard and sensitive process, and it is always better to leave it to the professionals. This leads to determining what your moving budget is. It is of paramount importance to do this right away and as precisely as possible. It is always a smart thing to add 15-20% more to your estimated moving cost just to be safe.

Checklist to help you manage your moving timeline.
Making a plan is crucial for a moving timeline

When you find a good local moving company Massachusetts, arrange a meeting with them at your home. Ask them to give an estimation of your moving costs. This is so you can plan on other financial details and check how your budget fits into it. Next, make sure that your current employer is familiar with your situation.

Also, it would be best if you could do the move during a weekend and negotiate that your first working day in your new city is after your move is done. The communication between you and the employers is really important. What you should do next, is to make an inventory of all of your belongings.

6 to 5 weeks before the moving day

After you complete the administrative work in the first two weeks, next up in your moving timeline is the packing process. This is when you start using that inventory that we mentioned in the first part of the moving timeline. It will make things a lot easier for you. You should sort and label your things according to the room of the house that they belong to. For example, plates, cutlery etc go into boxes labeled with “Kitchen“.

Cardboard box
Pack over the course of several weeks, don’t wait until the last day!

Another thing to do in this period is to get your medical records and, if you have pets, their veterinarian records also. Then, you should start your search for new places where you and your family (and your pets if you have them), are going to get medical attention. Changing your address is also not just a useful thing to do, but is also a legal obligation, so don’t forget to do that. Canceling subscriptions or changing your data is what people often forget to do.

4 to 3 weeks before the moving day

There are several things coming up in your moving timeline at this point in time. First of all, start planning your trip to your new home. Choosing the right mode of transportation is always very important. Make sure that your car is in the right shape (if you are going by car). Also, plan for stops and meal breaks. If you are going by plane, then you should book your flight now just to be safe.

Set of keys
New home is a new chance to start over!

Do not forget to pack your essentials box or bag. People often overlook the importance of it. You don’t want to go through boxes during your first night while still unpacked looking for your toothbrush. Also, if you plan on making a goodbye party for your friends and family, this is the perfect time for it. You probably won’t have time for this during the next phase in your moving timeline.

Last phase of moving timeline

You should be finishing with your packing 3-4 days before the moving day, just to be safe. It is possible to overdo this, so be careful. You don’t want to be done with your packing too early because your essentials box may not be enough. Next, check and double check all the details with your moving company and your new landlord. Make sure that all of your documents are in order and check your moving timeline schedule.

When moving day arrives, make sure that you get up early and that everything is packed and ready to go. Don’t be too nervous, and remember that at any moment you can pause and take a long breath. Everything will be just fine. Good luck!

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