Whether you’re planning a local move within the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro or somewhere else in Minnesota, relocating requires a considerable amount of planning. And if you’re unsure when to do what, your upcoming move is bound to be far more stressful than necessary. While moving might seem relatively simple, according to many Americans, it’s actually one of the most stressful things they’ve ever done. But that doesn’t need to be your story. And when you understand how to create a practical moving timeline, it won’t be.

Read on for a practical, week-by-week moving timeline to help you start planning your relocation from eight weeks out.

Eight Weeks Before You Move: Begin Planning Your Relocation

If you can start planning your relocation a minimum of eight weeks out, doing so will help reduce move-related stress considerably. Here’s what you should start with:

●        Start vetting moving companies. You’ll want to vet and get estimates from several moving companies, so the earlier to begin this process, the better. If you’re moving in summer, moving services can book up months in advance, and planning early will help ensure you secure the moving company you like best and book the date you’re looking for.

●        Sort belongings. Start sorting through your belongings and begin determining what you want to transport, store, donate, sell, and toss.

●        Organize important paperwork. Gather all important paperwork and organize it in a safe place. If you’re not keen on keeping track of a bunch of paper, scanning your documents and making digital copies is probably in your best interest.

●        Create your moving budget. How much can you spend on your relocation? That will help determine which moving company you can hire, the type of move insurance you get, and several other aspects of your move. To help control your moving expenditures, create a moving budget early on and stick to it. Relocation costs can get very expensive very fast, so if you’re trying to keep costs to a minimum, building a detailed budget can really help.

Seven Weeks Before You Move: Hire Movers & Packers

Once you have the preliminary steps out of the way, it’s time to get down to business, starting with:

●        Book your moving company. If you’ve found a moving company you like, now is the time to lock down your move date. The earlier you can get this done, the more likely you’ll be able to schedule your move on your preferred date.

●        Start downsizing, if necessary. Do own a bunch of stuff you rarely (or never) use? Don’t want to transport it all to your new place? Now is the time to start getting rid of stuff. Your movers and packers can work much more quickly and efficiently when you have less stuff to pack; plus, with less stuff to transport, the cost of your move will likely be lower.

Six Weeks Before You Move: Notify the Necessary Parties

About a month and a half before your move, start letting people know you’ll be taking off. Here’s who should notify:

●        Schools. If you have school-age children, notify their educational institution of your upcoming relocation. If you need to get records or recommendations, now is the time to do it.

●        Physicians. Get your medical records and any physician referrals you need. Make sure you get copies of records for everyone in your family.

●        Veterinarians. If you have pets, get copies of their vaccination records and any other records you need. If you don’t have a new vet in mind, asking your current one for a referral in your new city may be beneficial.

Five Weeks Before You Move: Complete Your Downsizing

By now, you should have finished determining what you want to keep, donate, and sell. Five weeks before the date of your relocation, it’s time to finish getting rid of what you don’t need. Here’s what to do:

●        Donate or sell non-essential items. Have your garage sale, finish listing items online, and take anything you plan to donate to your local charity. The sooner you get rid of these items, the less stuff you’ll need to worry about as your move day approaches.

●        Rent a storage unit. If you have seasonal items you don’t want to transport or anything else you don’t want to move but don’t want to get rid of, renting a storage unit is an excellent way to keep those things safe. Find out what you need to know about renting a storage unit.

Four Weeks Before Your Move: Transfer Essentials and Plan Move-Day Care

One month before you move, it’s time to start planning for the day of your relocation. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

●        Transfer utilities. Transfer your electric, gas, recycling, and trash service to your new address. These services won’t transfer until the date you specify, and it’s in your best interest to handle these transfers early so this critical task doesn’t slip your mind.

●        Plan care for kids and pets on move day. When your movers and packers arrive on move day, having pets and kids running around can seriously slow down the packing and loading process. To ensure everything moves as efficiently as possible, it’s best to arrange care for your children and any free-roaming pets for several hours on the day of your relocation. 

Three Weeks Before You Move: Cancel Local Memberships If Necessary

If you’re moving to a new city, chances are you won’t use the memberships you maintain in your current location. About three weeks before your move date, start canceling or transferring those memberships (like your gym membership and any others) to your new location so you don’t end up paying for services you no longer use.


Two Weeks Before You Move: Start Packing Non-Allowables

By law, professional movers and packers cannot move potentially hazardous materials or anything flammable. If you want to relocate these types of belongings to your new home, you’ll need to arrange alternate transportation for them.

In addition to potentially hazardous materials, many moving companies also prefer not to move items that may be highly vulnerable to damage during transport. These types of items typically include things like live plants, important paperwork, and highly valuable belongings. If you don’t have room in your personal vehicle for these things, find another way to transport them at least two weeks before you move.

One Week Before You Move: Cleaning & Disposal

About one week before your move date, start disposing of all non-essential items. Professional movers and packers cannot move certain items by law and other items, like perishables, they may choose not to move according to company policy. If you don’t want to move them yourself, get rid of things like motor oil, extra fuel cans, and any other hazardous materials.


Two Days Before You Move: Pack an Essentials Bag

When you arrive at your new home, locating your essentials may not be an easy task, which is why we always recommend packing an essential bag. What should you put in there? Generally, it’s a good idea to include the things you might normally pack for a short vacation, plus a few extras. Anything you think you might need for your first night in your new home, pack it. A few recommended items include:

●        Shower curtain and towels

●        Bed linens

●        Toiletries

●        Disposable dishware and utensils

●        Change of clothing

●        Laptop and additional chargers for all of your electronics

●        Basic first aid kit

One Day Before You Move: Finish Cleaning & Disposing of All Non-Essentials

Either the day or night (or both) before your move, clean out your refrigerator, pantry, freezer, garage refrigerators and freezers, and anywhere else you keep food or perishable items. Your movers and packers will need to work as efficiently as possible when they arrive in the morning, and you can help them out by disposing of all non-essentials in advance.

Looking for a Minneapolis Moving Company? Contact Hedberg Moving Solutions

If you’re beginning your search for a reputable moving company, look no further than Hedberg Moving Solutions! We offer moving services throughout Minnesota state and specialize in full packing services, residential moving, commercial moving, senior moving, and much more. To learn more about our services or get a quote for your move, give us a call today at 763-434-6683 or request a free estimate online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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