1 Week Before the Move
1. Last grocery trip
Put your groceries to good use before the move. Plan your last meals accordingly to avoid leaving any leftovers. The more food you end up using before moving out, the less you’ll have to throw away. Do the last grocery trip two weeks prior to the move. Buy only the most important products to you and remember to predict what you’ll need to prepare in order to have something to eat on the day of the move.
2. Pack an overnight bag
Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. You’ll want your essentials within easy reach: changing clothes and toiletries is always necessary. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could otherwise run the risk of getting stolen or broken during a move.
- Kettle with tea/coffee;
- Bottles of water;
- Food and cutlery;
- Bin bags;
- Washing liquid;
3. Hold a farewell party
Organise a barbecue night in your garden for your neighbours. Being remembered with the taste of the burgers you have prepared is a thing to be proud of. Furthermore, throwing a party in your backyard may help you find a helping hand for the day of the move.
5. Hire a babysitter
If you have small kids, arrange someone to take care of them. You might possibly need a babysitter for the night as well – who knows how long the moving day will last?
4. Find a parking spot
Think in advance about a parking spot at your new place on the day of the move. This is a must, especially if you are hiring a removal company to take care of your stuff.
6. Prime your new home before moving in
If possible, take a day before the move to inspect your new home and assess the upgrades and improvements that are needed to be done. If you have the time, pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock up on some new bath towels and toilet paper as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.
7. Hire a pet sitter
Another thing you don’t want to be worrying about during the moving process is losing track of your pets. On this stressful day, hiring someone to look after your pets is a huge advantage. But, if you prefer to move house with them, here is how gentle to be with cats.
8. Research new accounts
Closing your old accounts won’t be enough. If you are moving to a new area, you have to spend some time researching the banks, doctors, schools, etc. in the new region to pick the best among them. Gather all the proper paperwork you need to set up your new accounts.
9. Plants have special needs
A few weeks before the move, transplant plants from your breakable pots (the movers can pack and transport those) into lighter-weight unbreakable ones that will be easier for you to move. If it turns out you can’t move your plants, donate them to friends, a botany class, or a local retirement home.
10. Take care of your health
Fill up on prescriptions and make sure that everyone has packed medications they need in their suitcase. Your health is the most important thing here, not the move.