We will be moving in a little over a month, and I’m starting to get overwhelmed on the things we need to get done. It doesn’t help that a week after our closing date, we will be going on vacation! We will be renting out our condo after we move into our house, and I don’t want too long of an overlap in between closing on the house and renting out the condo. We’ll get home from our vacation on May 8th and we hope to move the following Saturday (the 13th). Can we do it? Here’s what I’m doing to prepare:
- Start collecting boxes – So many boxes get thrown away everyday. I don’t see a point in buying boxes! Companies will give them to you if you ask! I worked in retail in high school, and we’d occasionally have people come in and ask for boxes. We’d give them away! I recently went to a pet shop, and they told me that their delivery day is Thursdays, so if I call on Thursday morning and let them know I’m coming, they’ll save the boxes for me. My father’s company gets a lot of shipments. He’s going to start saving boxes for me. Ask your friends, ask your family, ask local business! There are plenty of free boxes to be had!
- Start packing the non-essentials – It’s starting to warm up. I don’t need to keep my winter coat and boots out anymore. Heavy sweaters can be packed up. Rarely used kitchen gadgets can go away. Books sitting on the shelf, household decorations, rarely-used files, seasonal items. Anything that we won’t need in the next month can start being packed up and stored in the garage.
- Get moving quotes – I’ve started getting moving company recommendations from friends and from Yelp. I’ve filled out a few forms and am waiting on estimates so I know how much to budget for the movers. Or, if you plan on moving yourself, start looking into renting a truck and finding people that will help you move.
- Declutter, declutter, declutter – The less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to move! I’m going to take some time this week to go through my wardrobe and get rid of stuff I don’t use anymore. I plan to declutter the kitchen drawers and get rid of utensils and serving dishes that I don’t like. No sense moving them just to have them sit in my new house without ever being used!
- Use stuff up – I’m using up my pantry items and things in my freezer. I’ve heard that aside from plates, the worst thing to pack is food! I don’t want to schlep a bunch of frozen meat to the new house. I’m hoping to use up everything in my freezers (yes, plural!) before we move. I’m going to use the frozen turkey I’ve had since last year for Easter. I’m meal planning all my meals this month based on things I have. Aside from food, I’ve been using up a bunch of my cosmetics and beauty items. I don’t want to move 5 different containers of moisturizer and 3 bottles of shampoo. I get excited every time I use something up!
- Research the utility companies – I want to make sure we’ll be all set to move into our new house. This means making sure the gas, water, and electricity are all turned on. We will also have to hire a garbage company to pick up trash. Our current town include that in the price of taxes, but our new town does not.
- Schedule cleaners before our move – We might want to have the house professionally cleaned, painted, and the rugs steam cleaned before we move in. It’d be perfect to have this done while we are on vacation. I’ve started researching companies that can do this and I’ll schedule them soon.
- Start making a list of people to notify of a new address – I have a Google Doc started of all of the companies I need to notify of our new address once we close.
- Make a list of improvements to make on the old house – This only applies because we are going to be renting out our condo. There are a few home improvement projects we want to do before we start showing our condo to potential renters. Things like repainting the bathroom ceiling, making sure the air filter is changed in the furnace, cleaning the place from top to bottom. We want to make sure we get as much rent as possible!
These are a few of the things we’ve started thinking about a month before our move. Have I missed anything?