Moving checklist – why is it important to make one?

moving checklist

Relocations can both be exciting and stressful. Whether you are moving just a few blocks away or to a completely different city, a detailed relocation plan is a key for a stress-free relocation. Many people tend to overlook the importance of a moving checklist. Having a clear and detailed plan for your relocation will help you avoid any moving mistakes and let you relocate quickly and with ease. In order to create a relocation checklist that fits your move and requirements, you will need to follow a few simple steps.

The moving checklist- How to make one?

Every move is unique. Therefore, even if you have relocated in the past, we suggest you create a completely new moving plan. One of the most common moving mistakes people make is last minute planning. Therefore, many of them skip an important step that may cause troubles during the relocation.

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A good moving plan requires research and proper prioritizing

The best time to start with your relocation planning is ASAP. Having more time for creating the checklist will help you avoid overlooking any important tasks. However, if you are on a tight moving deadline, it is possible to move with ease by prioritizing well when creating the plan.

Here are a few guidelines to help you create a moving checklist:

  • Find a reliable moving company to hire.
  • Create a moving budget.
  • Create a packing plan and decide on the furniture overlay in your new home in advance.
  • A list of tasks you need to fulfill before the relocation day should be a part of, your moving checklist as well.

How to find the right moving company

There are many moving companies to choose from, more than 7000 actually. Just as you may assume, with an industry that is growing rapidly as this one, scams, and frauds are not uncommon.

In order to avoid any troubles by hiring fraudulent movers, you will need to research. Taking some time to check your movers’ reputability will most definitely pay off in the long run. Therefore, before hiring any specific moving company you should follow the next few steps:

Choose a few moving companies you like and research online.

Whether you are interested in local moving Florida or long-distance moving services, the very first thing you need to do is to visit companies’ websites and online profiles. Pay a close attention and trust your instincts. Look how they present themselves. A reliable mover will always have their contact information easily reachable. Also, professional moving companies tend to brand their websites as well as their premises. Don’t forget to look for online reviews.

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Do a detailed research when hiring a moving company and avid any relocation scams

Contact the movers and ask for a quote and detailed information.

When a moving company provides you with a quote, you need to check which services are included. There might be some hidden cost. Therefore, make sure you inform the mover about any specific requirements you have. A reputable mover will easily be able to provide you with additional moving and storage Florida services. Ask the companies to provide you with information on their company as well as with a few letters of recommendation.

Don’t trust their answers completely and do an additional check-up

Contact a moving association of your state. Ask for a more detailed information on a specific mover. Another great source of reliable information is the FMSCA (Federal Carrier Motor Safety Administration).

Schedule an in-house estimate

An in-house estimate will allow you to get an exact estimate of relocation cost. Also, you will be able to meet a company’s representative and talk to them in person. In order to have a trouble-free move, this step should be a part of your moving checklist. Make sure you inform your mover which item you want to relocate and if there are valuables, antiques, and breakables.

The relocation budget

After getting a quote from your mover you will be able to start planning your budget. Make sure you write down any expenses that come along your way. Here are a few people tend to forget when creating a moving checklist:

  • Cleaning and repair costs for your previous home.
  • Packing supplies.- If you are packing by yourself, this an important cost to include.
  • Transportation tickets or gas cost. – How much will it cost to transport to your new home?
  • All the other additional costs. – Hotel rooms, parking tickets, meals …

It’s packing time!

Pack your boxes like a pro by creating a simple plan. Make sure you are relocating only the items you actually need and use. That old broken lamp will probably end up in the basement, just this time in a different house. Therefore, try not to get emotional and keep in mind that you are packing for your new home. By packing less you will lower your moving expenses as well as create more living space.

The best way to stay organized and on track is to create a furniture overlay in your new home in advance. This way you will be able to reevaluate your packing plan later on. Don’t forget to label the boxes clearly and put warning signs on the fragile ones. 

Divide your belongings into 3 lists:

  • Pack.  – Your moving in and unpacking days will be much easier if you pack your belongings by the room they belong to.
  • Donate/Sell. – Selling furniture and other belongings you can both save and earn money. Donate to the charities, and give your friends and family some items as goodbye presents.
  • Trash. – Try to be practical and throw away or recycle.
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Keep a track of all pre-departure tasks in order to have a stress-free relocation

Did you forget anything?

In order to have a stress-free move and make a moving plan that will help you relocate quickly, you should add a to-do list to your moving checklist. Think about all of the things and tasks that need to be done before the moving day. Have you canceled your utilities? Who do you need to inform about your relocation? Is there any undone paperwork? Start creating the list as soon as possible. Some tasks may come along, during the planning time. Therefore,  write them down in order to move with ease.