Graebel Van Lines® wants you to stay on track before, during, and after your moving day. In order to make the process simple and hassle-free, our team of expert movers have designed the ultimate moving checklist that can be used for both residential moves and commercial moves. Since most reputable moving companies recommend that you embark on the moving process at least 8 weeks prior to your moving date, our timeline starts at that given timeframe. In the event that you need a short-notice move, feel free to adjust the moving checklist and timeline to suit your needs.
8 Weeks Prior to Moving:
– Research at least 5 local residential and/or commercial moving companies, and choose 3 to receive in-home or in-office estimates from.
– Create a moving budget.
– Research your new neighborhood, town, city, state, or country to acquire necessary knowledge on the area and how it may pertain to your move.
7 Weeks Prior to Moving:
– Gather all important documents such as: medical, dental, shot, prescription, school, legal and financial records, vet records, insurance information, health and organizations/groups, business documents, vendor documents, etc.
– Switch all important documents over to your new address.
6 Weeks Prior to Moving:
– Break down your belongings and figure out a plan for each of them. If your home or office has large equipment or furniture, create a plan with your full-service residential or corporate movers on how that item should be moved.
– Sort all of your belongings into piles to “keep” and “get rid of.”
– Choose a way to get rid of your “get rid of” pile, such as with a garage sale or donation.
– Try to start cooking and eating anything that is frozen or perishable so that it does not spoil, and you do not lose money on it.
– Start transferring all documents gathered from Week 7 and/or cancel memberships.
– Contact your insurance company to make changes to your new policy.
– Take inventory of your office supplies and re-route auto-shipments to go to the new location.
5 Weeks Prior to Moving:
– If you are not hiring a full-service residential or corporate mover like Graebel Van Lines®, start gathering up moving boxes and supplies.
– Start the packing process by packing everything that you are not going to use during the next 5 weeks.
– Set a solid moving date.
– File an official change of address with your local post office, or ask them to hold your mail at the post office in your new city.
4 Weeks Prior to Moving:
– Contact the professional residential or corporate movers that you selected to handle your move, and officially reserve your moving date.
– Contact your current utilities and transfer services effective on your move-in date, or turn off and contact the new utility companies if you are moving long-distance.
3 Weeks Prior to Moving:
– If you are moving your business and using a workspace solutions coordinator, they will already know that safety is key and dispose of or properly contain chemicals and hazardous materials prior to moving. If you are not using a workspace solutions coordinator for an office move, make sure that you check regulations and properly dispose of any flammables, corrosives, and poisons.
– Depending on how far you are moving a residence, you may want to have your automobile(s) serviced.
2 Weeks Prior to Moving:
– For office and corporate moves: Notify anyone who is in charge of billing, invoicing, insurance, vendors, etc. Anyone who is in constant communication with your business should be made aware of the move.
– For residential moves: Notify your insurance company to make the final changes if they haven’t already done so, family doctors, dentists, schools, accountants, credit card companies, automobile insurance companies, pharmacy, monthly memberships, exterminator, social security administration, IRS, Veterans Administration, city/county tax assessor (if applicable), and state vehicle registration.
1 Week Prior to Moving:
– Plan out your meals for the week of your move and the week after moving.
– Review all moving plans with your workspace solutions coordinator or residential moving company.
– Drain water hoses.
– Drain gas and oil from lawn equipment, heaters, and grills.
– Empty and defrost refrigerators.
– Measure all furniture and make sure it will fit in the new location, then plan out where each piece should be placed and let your movers know.
– For a corporate move: Be familiar with full-service moving and packing basics. If you opted for a full-service office move, allow your workspace solutions team to situate all equipment and furniture in their designated areas in your new office/facility/warehouse/etc.
– For residential moves: Protect your home and line the most trafficked floors with towels, sheets, blankets, or cardboard boxes so that you and your movers do not track a mess during the moving process.