As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, moving happens to practically all of us, and multiple times at that. Specifically, the average person in the United States alone moves over over 11 times in their lifetime! Many of us might consider ourselves seasoned vets in the world of moving, but no matter how many times you have moved, you’ll know there’s truth to not having everything perfectly timed and completed.

When we’re gearing up for a move, we often are so focused on the moving and packing that we forget some indirect (yet equally important) steps that come with moving. We can think we’re ready, we can think we’ve prepared for it all, but having a moment of rushing or panicking is practically inevitable. Scott’s Oceana Moving is here to help! We’ve compiled some key components of the moving process and quantified them with when they need to happen. Take a look at our moving timeline, and call Scott’s Oceana Moving for a free moving quote today!

When you first find out about a move:

You might be lucky, and have a few months to prep and plan for an upcoming move. You might also find out that you got the job of your dreams, and have about two weeks to move across the country. The timing of when you find out about a move is as vast as it is varied, but ultimately, the initial steps you’ll need to take are relatively the same.

Let people know.

There are so many people that need to know you’re going to be leaving your current place of residence. If you’re renting a home or apartment, make sure your landlord knows right away that you’ll be moving. Some places have fees if you don’t give enough notice, especially if you need to move before your lease is up.

In the event you’ll be switching jobs, be sure to keep your employers informed along the way and throughout the process. While moving is a transition that primarily affects your life, it does impact other people around you—keeping everyone up to speed is the courteous measure you need to take.

Additionally, make sure you let your loved ones know! Moving is not only a big life event that deserves to be shared, but there’s a chance you might be able to snag some extra helpers in the process (though it’s good to remember that helping with a move is grounds for buying said helpers food and drinks out of gratitude).

When letting people know, remember that this is an ongoing process—keep people updated and informed along the way.

Figure out the actual moving date.

Having three weeks to prepare for a move versus having three months means very little if you aren’t ultimately ready to go on the actual day. In the best scenarios, you’ll have a good amount of flexibility with choosing your date, but that’s not always the case. Do everything you can, however, to give yourself a few days beforehand to finalize everything, and a few days after the move to unpack and get settled in. If you can’t give yourself some cushioning for the move, remember that everything will eventually get done, even if not right when you’d like it to be completed.

Establishing a date means circling back to that “letting people know” part. Even more specifically, start talking with Scott’s Oceana Moving to get a quote in mind. If you have a good amount of time to prepare, this will be one less thing on your list, and if you have very little time, the pressures of moving will be significantly alleviated. There’s times to skimp and save on money, and there’s other times where the cost is well worth the time and effort saved. Talk with us to get a free quote!

Weeks/days before the move:

As a general rule of thumb, the more things and rooms you have, the more time packing will take. Create a list that divides rooms/items into essential and nonessential categories, which might look something like this:

Essential Nonessential
Kitchen/cookware
Clothing/outfits
Bed
Some clothing (like out of season outfits)
Office/desk
Bookshelf

This is just one idea of how a list might look, but as you can see, the essentials are things you absolutely need while at your current residence. Taking care of the nonessential items first in the weeks before moving will lessen your to-do list, and appropriate your time in a much better manner.

As you get closer to the moving day, this is the time to start tackling the essentials. By the time you get to the actual date, you want to have everything already packed up, so the only step is loading things onto your transport of choice. A week before, stop buying groceries, start finishing up everything you have (food-wise), and pack some outfits and necessary toiletries into a lightweight bag. This will make everything much easier on moving day.

Part one of our moving timeline has covered the basics of the time leading up to the move. Next time on the blog, we’ll address the timeline of events to plan for on moving day. Moving is one of the biggest stressors that a person can undergo, and like with anything stressful in life, you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Talk with the experts at Scott’s Oceana Moving to make the process of moving a better one. Whether you’re moving across the country or across town, we’re here for you—call our movers and packers for a free quote.