Moving Countdown: What You Need to Do 1-2 Weeks Before Moving Day

Wouldn’t it be nice if moving was just about putting you and your whole stuff into a box? Unfortunately, there is much more to moving than just filling up boxes. Many folks – especially inexperienced movers – underestimate the work load connected to their move and inevitably end up cleaning their mess days and weeks after the move. Find out what you need to do 1 to 2 weeks before moving day in order to move like a real pro and make sure you spend your first days at your new place with a smile on your face!

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What to do is important, but it also matters how you do it.

Did you sell all the things you no longer need? Great! Strike it off your moving house checklist – literally. Keep your to-do list on a piece of paper or write a note on your phone or use an app: having it all in one place will help you keep a clean head, which is very important during moves.

After all, moving is complicated enough – the last thing you need during the last weeks before moving day is to make it even more complex and forget important tasks on your list.

As you might know, even small tasks can  matter a lot and may lead to serious problems on moving day or during the first couple of weeks at your new place.

Make sure you’re clear about your upcoming tasks and that you’ll be able to make them all happen before moving day.

1. Cancel Your Memberships and Subscriptions

Certain organizations require a 30-day notice – make sure you notify all of them in time in order to cancel all recurring charges, which applies to gyms for example.

Also, make sure to de-register from your old dentist and doctors prior to moving to a different city.

2. Move, But Don’t Disappear!

Remember, mail is not just what you get via your Gmail account!

You probably still have regular mail coming in on a regular basis, and since most of us still receive paper bills and important nots from banks and insurances, you need to keep them informed about where you’re going to stay.

The procedure itself varies from country to country, but it’s usually just a matter of minutes.

Visit your local postal service and ask them about the procedure for address changes or look it up online – luckily, many post offices have simple online forms which you just need to fill in and submit.

3. Don’t Pack Everything.

In one of our previous posts, we’ve shared some of our best last-minute moving tips and tricks, one of which is to prepare a few emergency items which will help you survive these hours or days between leaving the old apartment and moving into the new one.

Thinking ahead is really useful here: have one box you’ll need during moving day, and another one that will help you survive the first day at your new apartment, just until you’ve managed to find the most important boxes and items.

What you definitely need to set aside:

  •    Towels
  •    Cleaning supplies
  •    Toilet paper
  •    Paper Plates, plastic cups
  •    Your ID and money
  •    Your phone charger – you’ll probably be on the phone all the time before and during moving day, so make sure that you don’t run out of battery.

These are just some of the basic things you’ll need in your emergency bag. Depending on how far away you’ll be moving and whether you’re moving with pets or children, you’ll have to add a few additional items to your moving house checklist.

4. Make a Reasonable Eating Plan Which Empties Your Cabinets and Still Fills Your Stomach During the Last Week Before Moving.

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Keep it simple and eat fresh ingredients during the last days before your move.

Making sure your fridge is ready on moving day definitely is one of the most important things you need to do before moving.

About 2 weeks before moving you should start emptying your frigde so that you won’t have to move all of its content (which is usually difficult to move without it going bad).

Emptying your fridge for moving day – or in other words: all-you-can-eat week! Now you have the perfect excuse for eating all the chocolate you own! There probably won’t be any consequences, as you’ll burn the calories anyway on moving day.

Prepare simple and healthy meals that don’t require a lot of cooking. The more you need to cook and chop, the more pans and supplies you’ll have lying around on moving day. The simpler, the better.

5. Defrost Your Freezer in Time.

Two days before moving day, you should clean out the inside of your fridge and your freezer (if the challenge we described under point 4 was too big and you still have leftovers you want to keep, put them in a cooler).

After that, open the doors of the fridge and the refrigerator, turn them off and let them defrost.

If you haven’t done this in a while and if there is a lot of ice, make sure you have enough towels and pans to collect the water and prevent it from damaging other appliances. Also, consider defrosting your freezer during the day, just to be able to check in every now and then.

Both the freezer and the fridge should be clean and dry before the movers arrive in order to assure that it arrives safely at your new house.

If you’re not sure as to how to move over sized items like freezers, try one of these pre-move countdown moving guidelines, where the process of moving over sized items is explained step by step.

But as moving appliances is not only tricky, but often also dangerous, we recommend asking a professional moving service for advice or to let them take care of this for you.

6. Picture Time!

What also needs to be on your moving house checklist is reclaiming your deposit. In order to do so, you’ll need to know which conditions have to be met, and you’ll need proof of the state in which you’ve left your former place and in which you’ve found your new place.

Rental Living recommends taking a picture of both scenes: one of your previous apartment, just before leaving, and another one of your new place right upon arrival. In case of property damage or in case there are any security deposit disputes, you’ll be on the safe side.

The last weeks before moving are packed with a plethora of small and big errands, and many of the points mentioned above tend to be overlooked. By paying attention to this simple moving house checklist and by implementing them into your moving plan, you’ll make sure that both your moving preparations as well as the moving day itself go off as planned.

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