Start as Soon as PossibleMoves always take longer than you think. Even small local ones. So do yourself a favor and start planning for this move as far in advance as you can. When you give yourself plenty of time, you can rest easy knowing you won’t be rushed at the end. Slowly chip away at the tasks you have to do, taking baby steps to ensure your sanity. No timeline is perfect, and there will likely be snafus and delays along the way, but getting the bulk of the planning done beforehand will help immensely. About six weeks out, you should be:
- Organizing all of the documents and papers you’ll require for your move. Keep them all in one place, either in a file on your computer or in a labeled folder. These documents should include a moving timeline and checklist, quotes from at least three movers, travel plan information, receipts for supplies, and confirmation on scheduled services.
- Researching new neighborhoods and drilling down into where you may want to live. Think about your budget, what you’re looking for in a neighborhood, and proximity to schools and jobs. Will you be buying a new home right away or would a short-term rental be better in the interim?
- Securing storage if there will be a gap between when you move out and when you move in.
- Researching new dentists, doctors, mechanics, schools, etc.
- Buying plane tickets if you plan to fly to your new destination. Are you going to sell your car, drive it, or have it transported?