Moving Checklists To Make Your Residential Move Easy

When it comes time to prepare for moving to the next stage in your life, a lot of things need to be done in order to ensure a safe and smooth transition. As your professional movers, we have the experience to get everything done quickly and efficiently. Abe Lincoln Movers specializes in a wide range of moving services. While our moving company is able to help with the entire packing process, we understand the desire to handle and prepare all of your own things. One way to make the entire process simpler and less stressful is to create a checklist that also happens to serve as a timetable for getting everything done. As Colorado’s residential moving specialists, we’ve seen it all. One common issue is that people put tasks off until it is crunchtime. This checklist is not absolute in terms of time, but it can be very helpful for getting procrastinators to prepare for moving day!

Two Months Out

With eight weeks to go, it’s time to begin preparing for your move. One way to start is to determine whether or not you’ll be utilizing local movers for the job. It’s recommended to call around and take several quotes, creating a clearer picture of how much moving services will cost. The sooner you book a day with a local moving company, the better. Make sure to research each company to ensure that you will be receiving quality services.

Now would also be a good time to begin downsizing. Moving is an opportune time to distinguish between valuable possessions and items that are simply not used. Being aggressive at this point can help to free up a lot of space and simplify your entire move. Utilizing organization can also help. We recommend starting a folder, binder, or notebook that can act as your master file during the move. This file can hold receipts, quotes, and detailed inventories of your possessions. Creating a list for each room can be helpful for breaking a large task down into more manageable sizes.

Six Weeks to Go

Six weeks is a good time to take stock of your moving supplies and prepare accordingly. Abe Lincoln Movers provides all of the tools you’ll need, but for people electing to pack their own possessions, be sure to stock up. Procuring the correct amount of tape and number of boxes will make the entire moving process easier. Your list should cover specialty or fragile items that will need their own provisions as well.

If you can access your new place, now would be a good time to visit and collect mathematical information. Knowing the size and dimensions of your new home will help to figure out what can be brought and whether or not special precautions will need to be taken, such as bringing a grand piano into an apartment.

Four Weeks Left

We are the month mark! At this point, steps should be taken in a logistical sense to ensure that everything is taken care of once your Denver movers arrive. A change of address form should be filled out for your post office with the anticipated move-in date to keep your mail arriving in an orderly fashion. The same can be said for utilities and any related house services, including your:

  • Cable provider
  • Trash company
  • Auto insurance
  • Gas and electric providers
  • TV services

Arranging transportation for your children and pets will also help to minimize the chaos of moving day. Whether in a designated vehicle or left with a friend or relative, it’s important to find secure travel. At this stage, it would be advisable to start packing if you have not already done so. Purchasing or finding quality moving boxes can make your life much easier, so Abe Lincoln Movers recommends investing in quality boxes for moving. While working on one room at a time can help residents to focus on each task without becoming overwhelmed, oftentimes people will start by boxing up their least important items. This can be useful for making a lot of progress on your move without inhibiting your daily routines. Remember to keep track of every room and list the contents of each box!

Two Weeks Remaining

As the time draws near, you’ll undoubtedly be picking up steam in the moving process. At this stage, it would be best to reduce your inventory. Holding a garage sale or donating all of the products that you do not need can save many headaches in the future. Hazardous products that cannot be moved should be disposed of or gifted properly to keep everyone safe. One key task that many people forget is the process of keeping your meds in full stock. The next two weeks will be very hectic, so make sure to stock up on all medications, supplements, and medical supplies that you will absolutely need. Also be sure to firm up all of your moving plans, from talking with the moving company to how your pet will be making the journey across town. Keep packing your items that will not be needed for two weeks, such as out of season clothes, photo albums, and so on.

One Week Left

Seven days may remain, but many residents think of the time needed as closer to a month in most cases. You should set aside time to make up an “essentials” box or bag. This is very important for holding all of the items you’ll need overnight, from your contact case to phone charger. While the move should be neat and orderly, it’s still the best practice to keep track of your most important box to ensure that nothing goes awry. If you are moving the fridge, this last week will be useful for allowing you to slowly clear out perishable food items. Preparation work should also be done to get everything ready to move. Make sure that your gas-fed machines are drained of gas and packed in a way that leaks will not be a concern. This includes any major appliances that are making the trip. Also, make sure to keep packing! As the day draw closer, your boxes should be filling up with items that are not as time-sensitive. Hiring on professional movers can help for much of this process, so it is advisable to contact a local moving company for assistance.

The process of picking up your life and relocating it to a new area can be both stressful and complex. From organizing and packing the essentials to transferring utilities, citizens in transit have plenty on their plates. As Colorado’s specialty moving professionals, Abe Lincoln Movers is here to help you make moving as smooth of a process as possible.

Our current blog series has centered around compiling a checklist and the basics of what that list should involve. Today, we’ll conclude the saga by discussing the final days leading up to your move and how our professional movers are ready to lend a hand. Our commitment to service excellence and customer satisfaction are what helped us become one of Colorado’s best moving companies, from Fort Collins to Castle Rock and beyond. When you need dependable local movers, count on Abe Lincoln Movers to get the job done!

Just A Few Days Left in Your Move!

Now that moving day is very close on the calendar, you are probably getting antsy about the entire process. Relax! Following an organized task list should help to ease the stress, and if you paid for moving services, our quality crew will be able to assist. If you hired a moving company, take a few moments to call and confirm their arrival time. Any special directions should be ready at this stage, including which boxes you want unloaded first and which ones hold very fragile possessions. The refrigerator should be shut down, emptied, defrosted, and cleaned before moving day arrives. Any additional items that have made their way to the donate pile should be packaged and ready to be dropped off or picked up by your local charity. All electronics should be unplugged 24 hours before the move as well to ensure that everything is at room temperature before moving. Everything should be wrapped up now, so it is wise to re-check all of your to-do’s, including:

  • Address changes for any relevant institutions, from banks and pharmacies to gyms and insurance companies. Don’t forget to reach out to the DMV and post office for a change of address as well!
  • All absolutely non-essential items are boxed and labeled correctly.
  • Appliances are unhooked and packed for travel.
  • Prescriptions are up to date and in stock in case of emergencies.
  • Transportation for children, pets, and restricted items.Tying up all of the loose ends now will prove wholly beneficial when the stress of moving day has arrived!

Tying up all of the loose ends now will prove wholly beneficial when the stress of moving day has arrived!

Moving Day

The day has finally arrived! You as the tenant should be fully prepared at this point for the movers to arrive. When they do, stay on site to ensure that everything is loaded and be ready to sign the inventory list. You will also have paperwork to fill out, including a bill of lading for your goods, as well as a form that declares any items that are extremely high in value. Once everything is taken care of, do a final walkthrough of the home to ensure that everything is turned off and that all doors and windows are locked accordingly. Now it’s time to take the trip to your new home!

Moving can be stressful but Abe Lincoln Movers is here to ease the trauma. Our professional movers are here to offer quality services to get your possessions to the next stage of your journey in a safe, efficient manner. As Colorado’s specialty moving experts, we’re skilled in a variety of moving services. If it’s time for you to relocate, feel free to contact us today for a free quote!