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A Practical Moving Schedule 10 Weeks to 4 Weeks Before Moving Day

By John Cherry Subscribe to RSS | February 5th 2012 | Views:

Regardless of where you are moving to, be it across the street or across the country, you have to be organized to make it a more pleasant experience. This schedule can help you get organized and tackle the moving process in a way that will make you wonder what all the fuss was.

8 to 10 weeks before moving day:

Decide whether you are going to move yourself or if you are going to hire movers to do it for you. If you decide to hire the professionals, get binding estimates from at least three moving companies. Reserve your truck or moving company as soon as you can, which will give you the best price and assure that you will have your truck on the day you need it. If you are going to fly to your new home, now is the time to purchase your airplane tickets and make travel arrangements for your pets.

6 to 8 weeks before moving day:

Begin to sort your belongings into four separate categories: items to sell, items to toss, items to donate and items to keep. Have a yard sale to sell the items in your “to sell” category. Establish a moving file where you will keep all of your estimates and receipts. Remember that certain moving expenses can be deducted from your taxes. If you have kids, contact their new school and have their records transferred there.

4 to 6 weeks before moving day:

Decide which of your belongings you are going to pack and which ones that your movers will pack. Place boxes in each room and pack up one room at a time. Do not move on until you have packed everything possible in a room. Label each box with the contents and the room it belongs to. Start by packing up items you use rarely, such as decorative items. This would be the ideal time to send out rugs, furs, winter clothing and curtains to be cleaned so they will be ready when you need them after you move. If you are planning to drive to your new home and will be on the road for many hours during the move, have your car tuned up and the oil changed. This will be important so you can identify any issues and correct them before you are already on the highway.

The key to a successful move is to begin your planning early. 8 to 10 weeks before moving day will guarantee that everything that needs to get done is completed before the actual move.

John Cherry - About Author:
John is a shrewd consumer who writes about personal finance, finding deals, and local consumer home services like: Los Angeles movers and San Antonio mover.

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