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How to Plan a Move on Short Notice

Ideally, a moving plan unfolds over several months; however, sometimes things happen, and you need to plan one on short notice. Whether you have a month or days, there are several ways to decrease stress and speed up your move.

1. Make a List and Check It Twice

When you have to make a quick turnaround move, a list will prove invaluable because you’ll have all the essential details in one place.

  • Booking dates for movers

  • Shutting off, turning on, or transferring utilities

  • Registering kids for school

  • Making deposits and signing contracts (e.g., leases)

  • Changing of Address and Forwarding Mail

Other vital details will be setting a date for a walk-through for your current place (if renting), getting a storage unit (if needed), and handing over keys.

2. Purge What You Can

Regardless of the moving timeline, decluttering makes it easier. When you lack the luxury of a lengthy timeline for your move, decluttering can simplify things. Plus, the number of items you move equates to more time and money spent. So, purge what you can.

To accomplish this, go through each room individually and make three piles: keep, donate/give away, and discard. If you aren’t sure about a few things, make a temporary “maybe” pile. This way, you can quickly scan your belongings and get a better idea of what will be involved with packing and transporting them.

3. Assemble Supplies

You’ll need boxes, bubble wrap, old newspapers, moving paper, or other padding to secure your belongings. This can take time, so start assembling your moving supplies ASAP. For free or cheap boxes, check local grocery stores, liquor stores, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and any other online sites where people may list moving supplies.

4. Hire Professional Movers

Turning to the experts can make a stressful move go much smoother. Hiring a professional moving company ensures you can move all your belongings simultaneously in a no-hassle fashion. Services you can secure with your transportation can include:

  • Packing and unpacking

  • Purchasing moving materials and supplies

  • Disassembling and reassembling furniture

  • Special items moving services

  • Temporary or long-term storage

  • Other optional services that can make for an easier move

With a last-minute move, getting a full-service mover might make more sense to ensure everything you need to do gets done. Or, you may prefer to elect certain services. Either way, remember to get at least three quotes. This way, you can compare pricing and better identify a company offering your desired services.

5. Pack Each Day

You’ve got a big task ahead of you. Once you assemble your plans and tools, pack a little daily. Doing so will make your quick move seem far less daunting. You’ll also feel as if you’re steadily accomplishing your goals as you face the mountain of tasks ahead of you, rather than leaving everything until 48 hours before your move. If you’ve got family and friends to help, don’t hesitate to ask!

Ready to Plan Your Short-Notice Move?

Planning a short-notice move boils down to organization, creating a plan, and stocking up on the supplies you need to be ready for your relocation. Working with a knowledgeable and experienced mover might be your best solution to get the job done right and on time.

Ready to start planning? Contact us today to learn more about our services and obtain a free quote.