There are only a few weeks until you make the big move to a new home, and amid the blur of boxes and excitement, it’s easy to forget everything you need to do beforehand.
Whether you’re headed across the country to a cozy bungalow or upgrading to a new build a few streets away, it pays off to start preparing for the move ahead of time. But there’s more to do than picking up a few boxes and an extra roll of packing tape. Here are some moving tips you may not have thought of.
What To Do in the Months and Weeks Before Moving
You may be tempted to sit back while you enjoy the last weeks in your current home, but setting aside a little time now to focus on moving will give you more time to relax later. Follow these moving tips we collected for you in the months and weeks before the big day, so you’re not scrambling as much the night before.
Make Moving and Travel Arrangements a Month or Two in Advance
Here’s one of the most important moving tips: Whether you’re the type of person who likes to load up a truck yourself or leave the heavy lifting to professional movers, you should decide your strategy as early as possible. This will give you plenty of time to research moving companies, ask friends and family members for recommendations, gather a few quotes, or book a truck with enough space.
If getting to your new home will require an overnight stay, you’ll need to decide how far you plan to drive each day and book places to stay accordingly.
Create a Moving Checklist
Another really helpful moving tip is to make a checklist. While you still have a little breathing room before move-in day, put together a list of things you may need to do in the coming months and weeks, like:
Keeping a list helps make sure you get everything major done before the move so you can settle into your new home instead of setting up appointments.
Decide What Doesn’t Need To Make the Move
Moving is a great opportunity to take stock of the things you really need — and the forgotten items that have been gathering dust in the back of a closet for years. Before you crack out the boxes and start packing away your must-haves, focus on decluttering.
If you take a few bags to the local donation center and throw away what’s too worn-down to donate now, you won’t have to worry about making a last-minute stop on move-in day.
Start Thinking About Security
Security may be the last thing on your mind when you’re trying to figure out how to get all your belongings to a new home, but it shouldn’t be. Chances are, you’ll move a few boxes to your new place ahead of time or leave the moving van wide open while you take a phone call inside — giving others the perfect opportunity to swipe a box or two.
To avoid ending up with a missing box of kitchen supplies, linens, or family heirlooms, you should have a game plan for keeping everything secure. You may also want to set up cameras before you move or install a security system that will notify you if anyone tries to take a tour of your new home before you arrive.
You may not know your neighbors yet, but they can also help play a role in keeping your home safe during move-in and in the future. Download the free Neighbors App by Ring, you can see and share real-time safety information with the people in your community. In the days leading up to your move, you can check in for security updates. And if you need help tracking down a missing box, you can make a post to see if your neighbors have any information.
How To Prepare for a Move in the Days Before
Once you have some big items crossed off your to-do list, you can officially prepare for the move. Here are some moving tips we collected to help streamline the days leading up to it:
Day-Of Tips for Moving Into a New House
You’re up bright and early with a large coffee in one hand and a box under the other arm — which means it’s officially move-in day! Today should be a breeze if you followed your moving checklist, booked a moving crew several weeks ago, and packed all your belongings ahead of time. But we still put together a few moving tips for the day-of that will make the process even smoother:
Now that you’ve made the move, you can focus on protecting the new place you call home with a few dos and don’ts of home security. Learn More