6 Weeks Before
Mark Important Dates
Talk with your Smith Douglas New Home Specialist to go over important dates and receive your tentative move-in date. Our New Home Specialists can also provide you with important community information so you can be prepared for what is nearby on the day of your move and after you are settled into your home. You may also find valuable information about your new community under the ‘About the Area’ section on your community web page.
Purchase materials needed for moving: boxes, tape, bubble wrap, magic markers. If you have space, begin placing boxes in each room for packing.
If you plan on hiring professional movers, begin researching and comparing prices. It is a good idea to meet in person with your mover to get an exact estimate of the items you need moved. Make sure to talk to your mover about your budget and see if they can help you to reduce your total moving costs. Most companies want your business and will help find a good balance to make everyone happy.
Check to make sure your company is licensed – all paperwork, websites, and trucks should have the number and should display the USDOT number. You can check your company’s licensing by going to protectyourmove.gov.
Create a File
Create a file folder with important moving documents, receipts, and inventory of what is being moved. Keep this file with you on moving day.
Talk to schools, health care providers, banks, and employers to obtain important records needed to transfer or update.
4 Weeks Before
Take measurements of you’re new home and make sure all your furniture pieces work and fit prior to moving.
Sort and Simplify
Begin organizing and sorting through items you would like to donate or toss before your big move. Box up any items that you use infrequently.
Time is Money
It is important to be organized and ready for your movers. By being prepared you will save your time and the time it takes your movers to move you.
- Take one room at a time and pack a few boxes a day.
- Mark each room with a different colored marker or label. This will help give you and your movers a color code system for where each box will go in your new home.
- Using the room’s designated color, label the first box you pack “1” with a description of contents, the second box, “2,” etc. Do this for each room and keep a notebook with all the room colors, box numbers and more detailed description of the box’s contents. It will help to keep track of boxes and make sure they were delivered. It will also be helpful in finding items you might need access to quickly.
Clearly label all electronic wires and cords to make setting up at your new home easy.
3 Weeks Before
Keep It Safe
Separate valuables and important documents and make sure you transport personally to your home.
Pack a separate box and bag with items that you will need right away in your new house: Cleaning supplies, basic kitchen utensils, simple food items, set of sheets and towels, bathroom items, and anything that might be needed the day and night of your move.
1-2 Weeks Before
If your job will allow, plan in advance to take the day off on your moving day. This will ensure you peace of mind and flexibility.
Call all utilities a week before move to transfer into your name and disconnected any utilities from your prior residence.
Confirm with your moving company the arrival time, addresses, your phone number, and other important times you have scheduled for your moving day.
A Couple Days Before
Check with your movers on the preferred method of payment and make any preparations needed prior to your moving day. Make sure to plan extra for tip, which typically is anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of total fee. Add a nice touch by supplying water for your movers.
Leave a note with your contact information for the new residents of your prior home so they can forward mail or belongings left behind.
Day of Move
A Smooth Move
If you can, allow the movers to follow you to your new home to ensure no one gets lost. Give your movers the address to your new home (or written directions) and remember to include contact information like your cell phone. Check the moving truck to make sure it is the company you hired and has the USDOT number and matches your estimates.
It’s time to relax, unpack, and start enjoying your new dream home!