Moving can be an exciting time as well as an extremely stressful time for a family. In a perfect world, moving would be simple, nothing would get broken or lost and everything would go as smooth as silk. The world is not perfect and your move is likely to follow suit; however, with some planning you can decrease the amount of stress moving causes.
The best way to plan for a move is to create a moving timeline. A timeline for your move enables you to keep everything organized and flowing so that critical steps do not fall through the cracks when push comes to shove (no pun intended). By creating a timeline for your move, you can identify potential problems before they arise such as how weather may affect your move depending on the time of year you are schedule to move. Timelines can help you plan for finances during your move because you can add the expenses from your timeline to your monthly budgets to ascertain if additional funds may be required to meet your monthly expenses and your moving expenses during each phase of the timeline. Lastly, by creating a moving timeline you can enlist the help of family by delegating tasks and following up to make sure each task is completed by the deadline on your moving timeline.
Every move is different and involves different steps depending on the size of the move, the distance of the move and the family moving. Therefore, each moving timeline will involve different steps although most will include the basics such as scheduling a mover, packing, changing insurance, sending out change of address cards, scheduling shut-off times for utilities, etc. The most important factor to determine in creating a timeline for moving is how you will keep the timeline – – on paper, a calendar, online, etc. Once that is determined, you can then sit down and begin to fill in the timeline with dates, events and reminders. The easiest way I have found to create an all-inclusive moving timeline is to review moving checklists from several sources, combine them and create an individualized moving timeline that suits my particular needs for my move. The following moving timelines and moving checklists are very helpful when creating your own moving timeline:
1. Allied has a moving timeline that is very helpful
2. Lowes has a moving timeline that begins four months before your move
3. ABF has a moving timeline that is broken down by weeks
4. Mayflower has detailed moving checklists and timelines as well as helpful links
Each moving timeline will be unique to the homeowner and the move; however, with preparation your move can be more exciting than it is stressful.