To be clear, moving to a new house is not a weekend’s worth of work. Instead, you would need hours of physical labour, days of planning and finding the right resources, and more. So, for the uninitiated we are answering the question ‘What should I do two weeks before moving?’
As a general rule, two weeks before your day of the relocation, it is time to hire packers and movers, make travel arrangements, arrange babysitters or pet-sitters, do last-minute errands, and dispose of unwanted items. In simple terms, you should be vetting and organising your house so that it would be easier for the packers and movers to come and start their work easily. Continue reading to know how to make your home easier for the moving day.
Starting the work 14 days before the relocation date looks like overdoing it. The time taken to pack might be far less than a fortnight, but it is not the only work you will be having while moving.
Type of house
The average number of boxes to be packed
The average time to pack you will take
28-32 hours (7 days – 4 hrs per day)
37-45 hours (10 days – 4 hrs per day average)
Small individual house
100 to 150 boxes
60 to 80 hours (18 days – 4 hrs per day average)
If you wish to keep up with the schedule in the table above, you must prepare your house two weeks before the date.
Get professional help
A lot of different types of professionals are required during relocation. The first professional to hire is the moving company. Choose a moving service provider with good experience and reputation. The vetting process to find the right company includes:
Reading through online reviews.
Contacting for quotes.
Shortlisting the best service provider.
On the other end, you would need a professional contractor for your new place to check for moulds, pests, any damages, restorations, and more. Other professionals you might need are
Babysitters or pet-sitters
Professionals to arrange for any permits or license to move restricted items during relocation like firearms, liquor, heirlooms, antiques, currency, and more.
Locksmith to change locks in your new home
The items in your house will be securely packed and transported in a truck. How about you and the few valuable things you decided to carry yourself? You must ensure you are planning to reach the new home. If you travel by airline, several permits are required based on the items you carry. The same goes for rail journeys and road transportation, although less strict than the airline. In the case of road transportation, you need to arrange vehicles. For the other two options, hire a travel agent or buy tickets online.
If you intend to take your car on a self-drive, you need to service your vehicle and arrange all required documents for inter-state travel (if needed). The packers and movers team would be open to transporting your car or bike for you, but the cost would be around 5.8K to 26K. Beyond this, there would be a cost of storage during transit, unloading, loading, and more. So, most people, for a short distance, prefer self-driving.
Complete off any unfinished errands or businesses in your house, like returning library books, paying off the milk vendor or newspaper guy, paying off electrical bills and more. If you have any monthly services arranged, make sure to cancel them, like DTH connections, landline phones, parking, maid services, and more. While paying off your parking area, make arrangements for a parking area for your moving truck. The simple errands also include government documentation regarding the address change for banks, electricity companies, and more.
Clean your house
Segregate things you wish to take to the new home and those you prefer to leave behind. If you think online marketplaces or yard sales would take too much of your time, dispose of them. While cleaning, make sure to dispose of any harmful chemicals like cleaning supplies, nail polish remover, oil, solvent, pesticides, fertilisers, and more. The packers company will not take these items. The same goes for flammable things like fireworks, oxygen cylinders, motor oil, etc.
If you have a deep freezer full of food and a pantry full of snacks, it is time to get off your diet and eat up. Most movers would not transport food items, as it can grow mould and contaminate the entire truck. Buy food like a miser in the two weeks preceding your move.
Make arrangements for valuables
You will have essential documents, jewels, bank papers, and more at home. These cannot be mindlessly thrown into a box to be transported via the truck. If you are travelling within the city, you can choose to store them in a bank locker. Else, please make arrangements for storing and retrieving them safely. It would be best if you make arrangements for these before the packers walk into your house.
You are moving to a new house where it would take a few more weeks to arrange things. Once you start packing, your entire house will be a mess. Thus, stock medicines, first-aid items, baby formula, toys, and others, for easy management.
You might not be a professional packer, but you can always arrange and start packing lightly. For example, organising clothes, kitchen items, and other small things would be easy. In addition, you can conserve a substantial amount of time by initiating boxing things that you do not need daily.
Also, arrange a packing station or a space where you can put all the boxes after packing. Most professional packers and movers would bring their packing items like boxes, tapes, frames, bubble wraps, stretch wraps, and more. However, if you are planning to hire just a moving truck and people to load the boxes, you might have to start buying boxes, packing items, and padding items.
Packing materials needed
Ten medium boxes, 10-12 large and extra-large boxes.
Apart from dining tables and chairs, you need 2 medium and small packing boxes. And probably 2 wooden crates for glass items like centre table glass, showcase glass and dining table top (glass/marble).
Living room without a library
One extra-large box, two large boxes, four medium boxes, and two small boxes. In addition, you need packing items like bubble wrap, plastic wraps etc for furniture.
Two small boxes, six medium and large boxes, and six wardrobe boxes. Plus packing materials for the dismantled bed, wardrobe, dressing table etc.
Four medium and wardrobe boxes, two small boxes, and three extra-large boxes. Plus packing materials for the dismantled bed, wardrobe etc.
Three small boxes and a medium box
Each equipment and type of material needs a different style of packing. Thus, it is best to leave it to professional packers and movers.
Plan the layout of the new home
Once the packers and movers reach your new home, they will start unloading. You should already have a plan for arranging furniture in your new place. It is not necessary to get every fine detail set. Make sure to know where to place the large bookcases, wardrobe, furniture, TV, geyser, and more. The rest of the small tables, chairs, and kitchen utensils can be arranged by you after the moving team leaves the house.
Lastly, ensure that your new place has running water, electricity, and gas connection. You would need at least a week to arrange these, and sometimes even more. Also, pay for parking areas for your vehicles. Again, your new home should be ready at least a week before your relocation date.