Moving ​into ​a ​new ​house ​is ​an ​exciting ​time. ​While ​it would ​be ​amazing ​to ​be ​able ​to ​just ​kick ​back ​and ​hope everything ​gets ​done ​in ​time ​for ​move-in ​day, ​we ​all ​know that’s ​unrealistic.

When ​you’re ​preparing ​to ​move, ​there’s ​definitely ​going to ​be ​some ​work ​involved, ​but ​the ​process ​doesn’t ​have ​to be ​stressful. ​You ​can ​make ​your ​move ​as ​smooth ​and stress-free ​as ​possible ​by ​having ​a ​game ​plan.

Your ​plan ​should ​start ​with ​figuring ​out ​what ​you ​need ​to get ​done ​and ​when ​each ​thing ​on ​the ​list ​should ​be tended ​to. ​This ​also ​will ​help ​to ​get ​everyone ​involved ​in your ​move ​on ​the ​same ​page.

Keep ​in ​mind ​that ​not ​all ​moves ​are ​created ​equal. Depending ​on ​factors ​such ​as ​the ​distance ​you’re moving, ​how ​many ​belongings ​you ​have ​and ​how ​big ​of ​a place ​you’re ​moving ​out ​of, ​your ​move ​may ​require ​more (or ​less!) ​planning. ​Plus, ​your ​closing ​date ​for ​the ​new home ​may ​also ​impact ​your ​overall ​timeline.

While ​we’ve ​mapped ​out ​our ​moving ​timeline ​based ​on having ​at ​least ​12 ​weeks ​before ​the ​move, ​these ​obviously may ​need ​to ​be ​adjusted ​to ​suit ​your ​individual ​needs.

Here’s ​our ​suggested ​timeline ​for ​planning ​your ​move.

12 ​Weeks ​Before ​Move-In ​Day

  • Make ​a ​master ​list ​of ​all ​moving ​related ​tasks. There’s ​a ​lot ​to ​do ​and ​things ​can ​get ​confusing ​so it’s ​best ​to ​have ​it ​all ​laid ​out ​in ​one ​place ​so ​you can ​check ​things ​off ​as ​you ​go. ​If ​you’re ​moving with ​a ​partner, ​this ​step ​is ​even ​more ​critical ​so ​you can ​ensure ​that ​everyone ​knows ​what’s ​happening (and ​when) ​so ​you ​don’t ​end ​up ​doing ​things ​twice or ​missing ​them ​entirely. ​You ​can ​even ​create ​a shared ​iCalendar ​or ​Google ​calendar ​that ​you ​can use ​with ​your ​partner ​or ​family.
  • Take ​inventory. ​Make ​a ​list ​of ​what ​you ​have ​andwhat ​you’ll ​need, ​including ​everything ​from furniture ​to ​dishes. ​Then, ​create ​a ​detailed ​list ​of what ​needs ​to ​be ​purchased ​and ​prioritize ​it ​by what’s ​necessary ​right ​away ​versus ​what ​can ​wait. You ​should ​also ​have ​a ​detailed ​inventory ​of ​your valuables ​for ​insurance ​purposes.
  • Purge ​your ​current ​home. ​Now ​is ​the ​time ​to ​getrid ​of ​things ​that ​you ​don’t ​want ​to ​move ​and ​this activity ​should ​go ​hand ​in ​hand ​with ​your ​inventory list. ​Decide ​on ​which ​items ​to ​sell, ​donate ​and ​toss and ​get ​everything ​you ​no ​longer ​need ​out ​of ​your space. ​There’s ​something ​cathartic ​about ​purging and ​this ​exercise ​will ​most ​likely ​make ​you ​feel REALLY ​good.
  • Get ​your ​paperwork ​in ​order. ​All ​important documents ​should ​be ​gathered, ​organized ​and stored ​together ​somewhere ​they’re ​easily accessible ​and ​won’t ​be ​misplaced. ​Go ​to ​your local ​office ​supply ​store ​and ​pick ​up ​a ​storage ​box where ​you ​can ​place ​essential ​papers ​as ​you’re packing.

8 ​Weeks ​Before ​Move-In ​Day

  • Plan ​the ​physical ​move. ​Start ​looking ​for ​movers ​or making ​a ​plan ​for ​any ​rentals ​and ​assistance ​you’ll need. ​Depending ​on ​the ​time ​of ​year ​you’re moving, ​movers ​can ​book ​up ​very ​quickly. ​This ​is NOT ​something ​you ​want ​to ​leave ​until ​the ​last minute. ​If ​you’re ​not ​planning ​on ​using ​movers, then ​you’ll ​want ​to ​secure ​as ​much ​help ​from ​your friends ​or ​family ​and ​plan ​for ​the ​fact ​that ​physical move ​will ​likely ​take ​longer ​to ​complete.
  • Start ​packing. ​If ​possible, ​plan ​rooms ​for ​the ​new house ​as ​you ​pack. ​Using ​colored ​tape ​or ​markers to ​group ​boxes ​for ​each ​room ​is ​an ​extra ​step ​you can ​take ​to ​make ​things ​even ​simpler ​when ​move day ​arrives. ​Whoever ​is ​helping ​with ​the ​move ​will have ​an ​easy ​time ​of ​figuring ​out ​what ​goes ​where. If ​things ​are ​currently ​in ​three ​different ​rooms ​but will ​all ​be ​in ​the ​same ​place ​at ​your ​new ​home, doing ​some ​organizing ​while ​you ​pack ​will ​save time ​when ​you ​have ​to ​unpack. ​Anything ​you ​don’t need ​or ​can ​do ​without ​before ​the ​move ​can ​be packed ​up ​now ​to ​save ​time ​later. ​And ​of ​course, label ​everything!
  • Notify ​service ​providers. ​If ​there ​are appointments ​that ​you ​need ​to ​schedule ​at ​the new ​place ​the ​sooner ​you ​can ​set ​them ​up ​the better. ​Don’t ​forget ​cable/satellite, ​telephone, internet, ​and ​your ​alarm ​system.
  • Change ​your ​address. Submit ​a ​change ​of ​address card ​with ​the ​postal ​service ​to ​re-route ​mail ​to ​the new ​house. ​Don’t ​forget ​to ​update ​things ​like ​your driver’s ​license, ​car ​tags ​and ​insurance.

One ​Week ​Before ​Move-In ​Day

  • Schedule ​any ​required ​walkthroughs ​or inspections. If ​you’re ​currently ​renting, ​you’ll ​likely have ​to ​have ​the ​landlord ​or ​someone ​from ​the property ​management ​company ​come ​in ​and ​do an ​inspection ​before ​you ​move ​out.
  • Clean ​anything ​and ​everything. ​If ​there ​are ​rooms that ​have ​already ​been ​packed ​up, ​those ​can ​be cleaned ​ahead ​of ​time.
  • Make ​a ​list ​of ​essentials ​for ​“the ​day ​after”. ​The first ​day ​you ​wake ​up ​in ​your ​new ​place, ​there ​are certain ​things ​you ​will ​want ​to ​have ​available, ​like your ​coffeemaker ​or ​toaster. ​These ​items ​can ​either be ​packed ​strategically ​in ​one ​box, ​or ​you ​can make ​a ​note ​of ​which ​box ​they’re ​in ​so ​they ​can quickly ​be ​found.

The ​Night ​Before ​Move-In ​Day

  • Make ​sure ​you ​have ​a ​bag ​of ​basics ​packed. ​The first ​night ​in ​a ​new ​home ​is ​usually ​a ​bit ​hectic, ​so having ​things ​like ​clothes, ​toiletries, ​charger ​and other ​“must- ​have” ​items ​will ​mean ​you ​won’t ​be rooting ​through ​boxes ​trying ​to ​find ​the ​basics. Don’t ​forget ​your ​sheets, ​blankets, ​and ​pillows ​and make ​sure ​you ​know ​where ​your ​“basics” ​are.
  • Complete ​any ​last ​minute ​cleaning. It’s ​good practice ​to ​leave ​your ​current ​place ​clean ​and ready ​for ​the ​next ​person ​moving ​in, ​so ​make ​sure you ​have ​time ​for ​a ​final ​pass ​before ​you ​leave.
  • Make ​a ​plan ​for ​tomorrow’s ​meals. ​Once ​you ​get to ​the ​new ​house, ​you’re ​going ​to ​need ​to ​eat. Takeout ​or ​delivery ​are ​easy ​ways ​to ​cover ​your meals, ​but ​you ​may ​want ​things ​like ​milk, ​bread, and ​other ​staples ​picked ​up ​the ​night ​before ​(or the ​day ​of) ​so ​you ​can ​have ​the ​basics ​on ​hand.
  • Sleep! ​Moving ​is ​exhausting ​and ​you’ll ​need ​all ​of your ​energy ​when ​you ​wake ​up ​so ​you ​can ​hit ​the ground ​running.

Most ​importantly, ​focus ​on ​the ​fact ​that ​the ​time ​and effort ​you’re ​investing ​now ​will ​be ​so ​worth ​it ​once ​you’re settled ​in. ​Moving ​into ​a ​new ​house ​is ​a ​big ​deal, ​so ​don’t let ​the ​minutiae ​of ​planning ​bog ​you ​down ​when ​there’s so ​much ​to ​look ​forward ​to!

Westcott Homes offers modern living and smart design for today’s active families, in neighborhoods with room to grow. Our flexible floorplans, durable Pacific Northwest exteriors and luxurious interior details add up to a home you’ll delight in every day, and for years to come.