The Perfect Step-By-Step Guide to Building Your Moving Plan

As your local, full-service mover we have helped dozens of families in the greater Raleigh area get ready to move into their new homes. If you want to keep stress and mess low, you need to have a clear plan of action. At Armstrong Relocation – Raleigh we know what it takes to make a move go smoothly and we want to share those tips with you! Below you’ll find an expert timeline with tips to start building your own move plan to save you and your family time and peace of mind.

Six weeks before the move

  • Hire your team: At least six weeks before your desired move date, you’ll want to hire your full-service move team. Choosing a full-service mover instead of a ‘show up and load up’ team means you’ll have less on your plate during your move process and more time to focus on getting prepared to enjoy your new home. A full-service mover like Armstrong Relocation – Raleigh will also take over all the small details of your move and come prepared to pack, clean and organize your entire move from top to bottom!

One month before your move

  • Declutter: Long before you start packing things you need to decide what is actually coming with you to your new home. Moving is the perfect opportunity to get a fresh start, free from clutter and old junk you forget about in the corners of your attic and garage.
  • Have a garage sale: Once you’ve weeded out what you don’t want to come with you to the new home, this is a great opportunity to set up a garage sale! Place signs a few days ahead of your garage sale on your nearest cross streets to get the most foot traffic and get ready to make some extra cash from your unwanted items.
  • Donate: If you’re ready to clear out clutter and want a fast solution that gives back, find a local Goodwill or Salvation Army to donate your items. Most of these establishments can accept large items you may have a hard time finding a new home for and the funds will go back into charitable efforts in your community.
  • Arrange utilities: Call your new utility provider for gas, power and water and set up transferring the utilities in your new home under your name so you can have a seamless transition.
  • Ask for time off work: Moves are hard work and often mentally exhausting. Taking the time to step away from work for more than just the day of your move can help you come back to your job refreshed and ready to get back on track.

Three weeks before your move

  • Change of address: You can easily arrange for your mail to begin being forwarded to your new address by either filling out a post office form online here or a change of address form in person. This is quick, easy, and will get you the important information you need via mail faster than waiting until you’re moved in. You should also update your new address with your place of work, schools, doctors, banks, and any other place you may need important information from.
  • Arrange for pet care: Your furry, winged or scaled family members can get stressed out by moves too. Having strangers remove everything from their natural habitat can be an upsetting ordeal and the traffic and propped doors may create unsafe conditions for your pet. Plan to have a family member or boarder keep them safe and secure, until you’re settled in your new home and can introduce them in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Plan for new home security: Do you already have a home security system? Communicate with your provider to get it set up within the first few days of your move or begin shopping for your new security company.

Two weeks before the move

  • Hire a cleaner: Regardless of whether you’re a renter or homeowner, you will most likely be responsible for making sure your previous living space is cleaned before you leave.
  • Discontinue services: Make sure all of your garbage, newspaper delivery, pest control, and other regularly occurring services are discontinued or updated to your new address.

One week before the move

  • Make an essentials boxes: Collect all of the items you will want the day of your move and for the first few days like hygiene items, phone chargers, changes of clothes, etc.
  • Keep important documents close at hand: Make sure you have your move team contract, ID, new home documents, and any other vital information ready to grab in case you need it.
  • Get excited! Now that you’ve done all the preparations you can really sit back and get ready for a successful move day!

Contact Armstrong Relocation – Raleigh if you’d like to find a full-service move team, serving greater North Carolina. You can contact us online or over the phone at 919.425.9853. We’re ready to help you from start to finish.

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