The Moving Schedule

Sometimes the thought of moving can be so overwhelming that it causes an almost total paralysis. You want to get started, but the daunting work ahead can cause you to drag your feet a bit. Instead of thinking in terms of “Moving Day,” think in terms of “Moving Months.”

You'll want to begin to prepare for your move months in advance. A well-planned move will save you money, spare your health, and decrease your stress. If you move as a family, you'll especially want to take the move in a series of small steps, because your move could be complicated by your children's needs or sudden bouts with the flu or colds.

As soon as you begin to think about moving, you'll want to plan a moving schedule. Use a calendar or planner to determine what needs to be done, and then pencil your tasks into the planner. If you do not always meet your goals on time, do not beat yourself up. Just use your planner as a rough guide for the month ahead. Expect that you'll occasionally be deterred and that you can recover from distractions.

Keep these questions in mind as you plan your move:

  • How much time between today and moving day can you dedicate to the move?

  • How much time (if any) can you take off from work for move-related tasks?

  • Are there any holidays coming up that will allow you extra time to move?

  • Are there any tasks that you can complete during your weekly working hours?

  • Which tasks are best reserved for the weekends and evenings?

  • What time of day are you most likely to be able to tackle moving-related tasks?

  • Who will be able to assist you with the details of your move? Might you be able to hire an off-site babysitter or petsitter for the most intense days of the move?

  • What is your total moving budget? What steps can you take to keep your move within those confines? Don't forget to plan a cushion for the other side as well — you'll probably have to spend some money on surprise maintenance issues. You may, for instance, need to contact an electrician early on, strip and refinish the floors before you move in, purchase curtains, or replace furniture that does not work in the new space.

  • Are there any large pieces of furniture that you'll want to get rid of? Can you place an ad in a local paper or online (try www.craigslist.org or www.ebay.com) so that you can quickly get rid of some of these larger pieces? Might you be able to make some money from the sale of some of your furniture or possessions that can help you with your move? Keep in mind that people often overvalue their own possessions — you may need to price items drastically lower than what you purchased them for if you want to sell them.

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