On the scale of stressful life events, moving to a new home ranks far below the actual process of buying a home or another major life event.
That doesn’t mean that moving is easy. We see it all the time in the self-storage world. Moving can be a major chore, trying to uproot your family and everything you own, often while still trying to live your daily life.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Moving becomes less stressful when you start early and break down everything you need to do into lists. Whether you’re a college student or a new homeowner–here’s what you need to know to prepare for the big day.
Two months before the move
- Look for movers. Check with the Better Business Bureau to find a company that’s reliable. Ask them about insurance and check your own insurance policy to find out what’s covered.
- If you’re moving into a new town, research schools, doctors, banks, etc.
- Make a list of businesses that will need your new address. Be sure to include online accounts.
Six weeks before the move
- Go through your wardrobe and begin getting rid of clothing that doesn’t fit or you don’t want.
- Start donating unwanted goods to charities or host a garage sale to help finance the move.
- Begin packing items you don’t use that often, such as seasonal items or things that you normally keep in storage.
- If you have kids, start the process of transferring their records to their new school.
Five weeks before the move
- Get your moving supplies – boxes, packing material, tape, labels – and make a room-by-room schedule, and start packing.
- Go easy on grocery shopping in the weeks leading up to the move, especially if you normally buy in bulk. Use up the food in your pantry and refrigerator.
- Tell your friends and family about the move – assuming you haven’t already – and send out an email with your new contact info.
Four weeks before the move
- If you haven’t already, schedule vacation time from work for the days before, during and after your move. If you have smaller children, consider hiring a baby sitter.
- Check your paperwork with the mover you’ve chosen and doublecheck that you have insurance to cover your valuables.
- Fill out a change-of-address form with the post office.
Three weeks before the move
- If you’re a newspaper subscriber, cancel your delivery service.
- Put your valuables and important paperwork some place safe, away from the rest of your moving boxes. Plan on transporting these yourself, or through a shipping service that offers tracking and insurance.
- Document all your valuables with via photos or video, taking care to note any existing damage to your furniture.
Two weeks before the move
- Make sure the people buying your home have your contact information if they need to forward mail or ask any questions.
- Clean and unplug any major appliances you’re taking with you. You may need to get a professional to disconnect gas lines.
- Withdraw cash to tip the movers and to cover any unanticipated expenses.
The week of the move
- Pack a suitcase with enough clothing and toiletries for a two-week trip and have everyone in your family do the same.
- Schedule your utilities to be shut off one day after your move out date.
- Dispose of any flammable items that can’t be moved.
- Hire cleaners to come in after you and the movers leave so that the new owners are moving into a nice clean home.
And if your new home doesn’t have quite as much storage capacity as your old house, don’t fret. Delta Self Storage is here to help. With locations in Bayonne and Jersey City, NJ and in Brooklyn (coming soon), we offer affordable, safe and easy-to-access self-storage units for people who are moving or just need some extra space for seasonal items.
Contact us today to learn more about our rates and storage unit options. Our storage units are an excellent option for college students and anyone else seeking an extra space storage solution. And good luck with your move!