No matter if it’s across town or across the country, moving is bound to be an exciting time for you and your household. While the idea of preparing for a move is usually met with some understandable trepidation, moving doesn’t have to be stressful, complicated, or difficult—especially if you take the time to properly plan and organize your moving experience.

Lack of organization and bad planning make for the most difficult and chaotic moving projects. Timing is another important factor that can separate a smooth and successful moving experience from a terrible one—which is why it’s important to schedule your move in advance and avoid moving during peak season, which starts in mid-May.

As professional movers with plenty of experience moving people to new homes all over the world, our team at A. Arnold Moving is proud to share our helpful tips for scheduling your move properly. If you’re interested in moving before peak season hits, take a look at this essential checklist that will help you start planning now before the busiest time of the year for moving is here.

Getting Started: Your Checklist for Planning a Pre-Peak Season Move

Peak moving season starts in mid-May, around Memorial Day, and ends around Labor Day in September. If you’re planning a move soon and are hoping to get started before this time period arrives, the time to start planning your move is now.

Any moving experience will require a series of important tasks to complete before a set of deadlines. The closer you get to your relocation date without checking them off the list, the more likely you are to feel stressed out and anxious as moving day gets closer.

One to Two Months Before Moving Day:

  • Choose Your Moving Company: At this point, the research should be done on potential moving companies in your area, and the moving company you’re hiring should be booked and ready to go. This is also the time to confirm your moving date and other moving details with your selected company.
  • Start Packing: Waiting until the last moment is a sure recipe for stress. Rushed packing results in broken belongings as well as forgotten ones. Starting your packing a month out means you don’t forget the important things.
  • Label Your Items: Keeping your items as organized as possible will eliminate stress and confusion on moving day. By labeling your boxes ahead of time, you can relax knowing you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for when it’s time to unpack.
  • Change of Address Forms: This is the time to get the change of address forms completed and turned in. Also, make sure that your bank, subscriptions, and other important institutions are notified about your relocation ahead of time.
  • Important Documents and Medical Records: In addition to your financials, make sure your medical records are taken care of as well. When possible, collect copies of them and keep them safe so that they won’t get lost during relocation. This will also give you time to request copies of anything you need or are missing before it’s time to move.

Two Weeks from Moving Day:

  • If necessary, schedule time off from work if you haven’t already for moving day.
  • Get your car checked out before the move, especially if you’re driving long-distance.
  • Contact the moving company (and your designated moving coordinator, if applicable) to confirm details

One Week Before Moving Day:

  • Fill your prescriptions: You don’t want to be without crucial medications while moving or unpacking.
  • Pack Travel Suitcases with Essentials: Unpacking takes time, so save yourself the stress of not knowing where anything is by having some go-to outfits and essentials set aside to use during the moving dates.

Three Days Before Moving Day:

  • Defrost and clean out the fridge and freezer.
  • Double-check one last time that everything is set for both the movers, and for your needs.
  • Make sure you have your moving budget in order, with payments allocated or ready to be handed out where necessary.

Moving Day:

  • Verification counts: Ensure that the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired. It is not unheard of for scams involving the wrong moving truck to occur, so make sure you are paying attention to avoid a potential disaster.
  • Inventory: Make sure that the inventory list, also known as a bill of lading, is signed before your professional movers leave. Also, keep a copy for yourself. This will keep you protected in case you find anything missing once you arrive at your new place.

By following these tips, you can start planning now for moving the day before the start of the busy season. Booking now with reputable moving companies will ensure that you pay lower rates, as charges for moving to tend to jump higher on popular dates.

Ready to Get Moving?

If you’re ready to begin planning for your next household or commercial relocation project, feel free to contact A. Arnold Moving. We specialize in moving individuals and companies locally or internationally and would be happy to help you create a customized moving plan that suits your needs and your budget.

For more information, give us a call to speak with one of our friendly agents, or fill out our online form to get started with a free, in-home pricing estimate and consultation.