Monday, 11 March 2024 10:53

How to Prep for Moving Day with Denver Moving Companies

Have you found the next ideal home for your family? Transitioning into a new home is an exciting prospect full of possibility, change, and many unexpected surprises. And your moving day will be here sooner than you think! If you want to minimize surprises on your big day and ensure a smooth relocation to your new property, planning will be critical for your success. As one of the top Denver moving companies, we're here to be your guide and help you plan your transition.

Keep these steps, tips, and insights in mind as you start to plan for your family's big day.

A Step-by-Step Planner from One of the Best Denver Moving Companies

The sooner you can start planning for your next move, the better. The less time that you leave to prepare for your move, the greater your risk of miscommunications, damaged possessions, and overall failure.

In general, we recommend that most families start to plan their moves at least 8-12 weeks (2-3 months) in advance. This will give you sufficient time to think through all the considerations, adequately research and compare services, coordinate all logistics, and pack up your possessions.

What should be on your to-do list at every stage of the planning process? When should you take care of certain moving necessities? Don't worry: our movers in Denver have got all the answers you're looking for.

2 to 3 Months Before Moving Day

Yes, your moving day is a long way out at this point, but don't fool yourself! Moving day will quickly sneak up on you, especially when you're preoccupied with the hustle and bustle of your daily life. There are a lot of things to figure out, so it's best to start prepping for your move at least 2 months in advance.

One of the best things you can do at this stage is to create your own highly detailed and organized moving binder, spreadsheet, or checklist! In this "master document," you can itemize all the essential moving tasks that need to be completed before you can transition to your new space and create your personal timeline for all must-dos. Whether you prefer a physical checklist or a digital one, find the medium that works best for you and stick with it. And use the rest of this article to start building that checklist!

In addition, it's a good idea to start researching local Denver moving companies, gather estimates from various providers, and weigh your options. There are lots of movers to choose from these days and they all vary in terms of professionalism, customer service, reliability, and offered services. If you know the next few weeks will be busier than usual, make sure you consider full-service moving companies as they can do all the packing, transportation, and unpacking for your family. And be sure to source quotes from at least 3-5 moving companies to accurately compare your options.

At this stage, we'd also recommend you to:

  • Determine your budget for moving to a new home. How much money are you willing to set aside for your big day? Depending on your circumstances, your move could cost anywhere from $1,250 to over $5,000 (moving.com). Make sure you have a good idea of how much you're willing to spend on moving day.
  • Research your new local community. Take some time to develop a good sense of expected living costs, the details of your new local neighborhood, and, if you have children, which schools are best for your family.

1-2 Months Before Moving Day

If you're planning to use movers, now is the time to narrow down your options and pull the trigger on your hiring decision. As you compare Denver moving companies, make sure you're not just looking at the price point; you should heavily base your decision on the reputation of the company, the services they offer, and your comfort level with the movers.

At the very latest, make sure you hire your movers at least 1 month in advance. Most moving companies are booked weeks or months in advance, so it's never a good idea to leave this decision to the last minute. Aside from your hiring decision, make sure you're working on the following tasks at this stage as well:

  • Review your entire moving inventory, room by room, and determine what can be sold, donated, or thrown out. The average American has over 300,000 personal possessions, and you won't need all these things at your new place. Over the course of several days or weekends, take time to look through all items in your household and apply the Marie Kondo approach to declutter your rooms and categorize items into donate, sell, trash, and keep piles.
  • Create a packing timeline for each room and stick with it. Everyone hates the packing process, but it's a necessary part of moving homes. We've found the best solution is to spread out packing over multiple weeks and to spend an hour each day packing one room at a time. This strategy makes the process much more manageable.
  • Take care of logistical details like school enrollment for your kids, insurance coverage updates, and membership/subscription changes. It can take weeks for many of these changes to take hold, so get started on them sooner rather than later.
  • If renting, give notice to your landlord.

2-3 Weeks Before Moving Day

Now things are starting to get real, and your move is just on the horizon. At this point, you really need to focus on the smaller details of your move, especially if you're operating on a tighter budget. When you only have a few weeks left, make sure you take time to:

  • Transfer your utilities. Power is essential, and your family will need electricity and running water upon moving in. Get in touch with your utility provider to transfer your utilities to your new location.
  • Make plans for childcare, pets, and temporary housing, if needed. Waiting till the last minute to figure out a babysitter or pet sitter is never a good idea.
  • Stop going to the grocery store. Do your best to use all the remaining perishable items in your pantry and refrigerator. This will help reduce your total moving inventory and wasted food.
  • Request time off work, if needed. Planning to move during the week? Then make sure you have the time clear several weeks in advance.
  • If you're moving out of state, get your vehicles serviced. The last thing you need is car problems on your moving day.
  • Don't forget to make time to say goodbye to friends and family! It can be tough to find time for everyone, so consider organizing/hosting a final goodbye party or get-together.

1 Week Before Moving Day

At this point, you're coming down to the wire and there are only a handful of things left to do. In the final few days leading up to your move, make sure you:

  • Re-confirm the dates, times, and plans with your movers
  • Ensure you have a designated parking spot for your moving truck(s)
  • Transfer any prescriptions to your new local pharmacy
  • Set up a forwarding address for your mail with the USPS
  • Finish any last-minute errands (e.g., pick-up dry cleaning, return loaned items to friends, etc.)
  • Thoroughly clean your old property
  • Pack up your kitchenware and an "essentials" bag for your first night in the new place
  • Make arrangements for final trash and recycling pick up

At this point, every item in your moving to-do binder or spreadsheet should be complete or close to it. If you're concerned you're missing anything, you can always ask your movers for their professional insights and advice.

Start the Planning Process with One of the Best Denver Moving Companies

At Amazing Moves, we've made a name for ourselves as one of the most reliable and reputable moving companies in all Colorado. We prioritize transparency, honesty, and customer service at every turn, and we offer a full array of moving services including packing and storage solutions. Our talented movers have decades of experience, and we can support residential and commercial moves of all sizes, shapes, and complexities. If you're gearing up for your next move, we're ready to lend a helping hand.

Contact Amazing Moves today to get your accurate in-person estimate from one of the best Denver moving companies for your local or long-distance move.