Having a successful local move is similar to a cross country move. Except in a local move you are more likely to use some of the same services and you may have to compress the time even more for the move.
When you decide you are moving, these items immediately:
Sort and remove. It’s never to earlier to start organizing you stuff and getting rid of the things you don’t plan on taking with you. This can be done in two steps. The first time is to prepare you house to sell. Having overstuffed house with mismatched items will make selling it harder. Doing a mini-staging and cleaning it up will be a good start in preparing for the move. Once you have the move date set, a second round will help with the move. Have a garage sale, or since you are short on time donate.
Find a mover. Having the friends over for pizza and soda may work, assuming that they will show up. They also are only good for local moves. Finding a reputable mover is very important. You can start by looking at the Better Business Bureau.. Getting a detail estimate upfront is important. If a mover is way lower than others, then be careful and check him out again. Finding a mover is a blog in itself. There are a lot of good movers, and a few bad apples give them all a bad name
Schools: In a local move you may not change school districts or even schools. But if you do have kids, you need to plan for this to be successful Notify both schools of the move. Even if you aren’t moving when school is in session, you need to notify asap. If you have children in high school, the earlier you notify the new school the easier it is for you kids to get the classes they want. You need to make sure that all of their record are transferred to the new school. This includes having the immunization records sent over by their doctors.
At this point in the move you are in a planning phase. Its important to get the planning done to be successful
Plan you furniture layout. If it doesn’t fit don’t move it. If it fits can you get it into the room? Is a door to sharp, corner to tight, or stairs to steep?
Start using up consumables. The freezer full of meat? Do you want to move it? Despite the best planing things can go wrong so use up what you have. Its not a good time to make you trip to a whole sale store.
Finalize the mover selection. Get the final bid with written confirmation of costs and date
One Month Out
At one month out is when the real work starts. There is a lot to do and time starts running short
Start Packing. Make a packing plan. Pack by room, but items you need will need to be packed last. Color code labels will help make the move in process easier. Keep jewelry and other valuables separate to bring with you. The moving company normally pays $100 per pound for damaged goods. Declare in writing anything that is worth more than that. It is also a good idea to take pictures of these items and of furniture.
Change of address: Most of us still get mail. Either go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form, or do it online at the United State Postal Service website.
Notify other important parties at both ends: let phone companies, utilities companies etc know of the change. That way everything will be ready at you new house and you won’t keep on paying utilities at the old house. In a local move you should be able to keep your land line number
Make sure that you have the day off from work.
Confirm the mover. Get the final bid with written confirmation of costs and date
Reconfirm the mover. Get the final bid with written confirmation of costs and date. Yes do it again.
Verify mover. Make sure that the mover is the one you thought you were hiring. Theu will normally bring more paper work, make sure it matches the bid. Take an inventory with the mover of everything that is moved
Supervise the unpacking of the truck. Be there to verify the unpacking and make sure the big items are in the correct rooms. But stay out of their way
Following these simple steps will help you move be more successful. Good Luck in your new home