Moving and particularly downsizing can be a daunting task at any age. There are a myriad of decisions to make, timetables to keep and tasks to perform. A move coordinator will manage some or all aspects of the relocation process, depending on your needs. This allows you to immediately enjoy the comfort of your new home without all the stress.
Knowing what to bring, what to leave behind and how to effectively place your belongings in new surroundings can make the moving process unfold so much easier. Sometimes all that’s needed is a fresh perspective and professional guidance to get started. A pre-move consultation will outline a definitive plan to accomplish your relocation goals.
Evaluate Belongings: Visit your current residence to determine what furniture, artwork, accessories and personal belongings can be moved to the new location, based on size and available space.
Determine Storage: Examine kitchen and bathroom cabinets, closets and storage areas, advising you on what can move, based on available space in the new location.
Layout Space: Measure selected furniture for the new residence and determine the general layout of major items with your approval.
Make a Plan: Prepare a list of your furniture with measurements and a floor plan drawing. Provide copies of both for you, the moving company and facility move-in coordinator where applicable.
Post Move Services
Relocating without professional assistance can be overwhelming, particularly if too many items have been moved to a new home. Excess furniture creates a cramped, cluttered environment that doesn’t provide space for comfortable arrangements and easy walk ways.
Moving too many clothes, shoes, toiletries, kitchen items, linens, etc. with insufficient space to store them, keeps you from fully settling in. This can lead to feeling frustrated with your environment and having a general sense of discontent.
Disorder can be easily resolved by decreasing excess items. Once clutter has been removed, remaining items are properly organized and furniture is harmoniously arranged. With your belongings in order, you’ll feel more comfortable and nurtured in your new home.
Arrange: Arrange furniture, hang artwork and place accessories to produce an aesthetically pleasing, orderly atmosphere that supports your living habits and creates a comfortable space to call home.
Organize: Items in bedroom closets, kitchen and bathroom cabinets / drawers and storage areas will be arranged in an orderly manner for convenient access. You will receive advice regarding the purchase of organizing tools and supplies to maximize storage use.
Full Service Relocations
Includes all Pre-Move and Post-Move services, plus managing the move, coordinating schedules with the community, moving company or service providers, and overseeing the entire move-in process. The appropriate amount of staff is provided to efficiently complete the move-in process in a timely manner.
THINGS TO START NOW
Designate a calendar to set appointments and schedule things to do.
Decide what items you’d like to take with you and how you will disburse or dispose of remaining items, i.e. give to family or friends, donate to charities, consign, garage or estate sale, etc.
Eliminate unwanted items prior to interviewing moving companies.
Contact charities to donate unwanted items, antique dealers, consignment stores and auctioneers to sell valuables. Request receipt for charitable donations.
Contact a move management company to oversee the entire moving process.
Contact moving companies to provide estimates for items you’re taking with you.
EIGHT WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Measure all walls, closets and storage areas in the new location, making note of where electrical outlets, phone jacks and cable hook ups are located in each room.
Measure all furniture being moved to the new location and create a layout of the floor plan
Take photographs of furniture arrangements and inside cabinets in your existing home to facilitate efficient set up in the new space
Arrange to have closets and storage areas equipped with appropriate rods, shelving and drawers in new location.
If you choose to pack your belongings, begin with seldom-used areas such as closets, storage, attic, garage, and guest rooms. Mark boxes clearly with basic contents and the room they are going to.
SIX WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Send change-of-address cards to post office, family, friends and business contacts.
Schedule to discontinue services to existing address such as electric, gas, water, phone, cable, pool, lawn and water softener services, newspaper delivery, etc. and arrange for services at the new address.
Schedule hotel reservations for the first few days after the move.
Arrange to have pets cared for during the move.
FOUR WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Confirm moving day with the new facility, your Realtor, moving company and move management company.
Confirm days and times allowed to move into the new location, reserving elevators if needed.
Continue packing belongings.
TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Begin using up food, particularly items that are frozen or refrigerated.
Tag and label furnishings being moved.
Schedule pick up of any additional unwanted items.
Pack a suitcase with personal items needed for the first few days – clothing, toiletries, prescriptions, etc.
Gather paperwork associated with the move, including movers contract, facility agreement, floor plan, contact phone numbers, etc. Keep good records for tax purposes if applicable
Stock disposable cups, water or other beverages, hand soap, toilet paper and paper towels in new location
Gather all items you are taking with you so movers don’t pack them by mistake.
Supervise movers at origin and destination or have move manager available to direct movers.
DISCUSS WITH MOVING COMPANY
Decide on moving date and times
Provide new address and important contact phone numbers
Identify items being moved
Verify that pick up and delivery will be done in one day or sequential days
Determine if the movers will pack your belongings or you will
Clarify that movers will unpack and put away belongings or you will
Identify the location of elevators in existing and new location
Confirm allowable move in days and times at existing and new location
Discuss total cost of move including replacement cost insurance