I think that this time I am going to take things to the next level and write down everything I should do in a timeline, so I can make use of it next time. I will write down my plan now, and add/take away things as I go. Let me know if i seem to be missing anything.
2-3 months before
- organize everything!!! Make sure that there is a place for all your stuff so when small items accumulate in your favorite junk piles, it will be easy to put them away when you have time to clean up
- Do a thorough cleaning of the house, this will make cleaning upon move out much faster and easier. Keep the house tidy for the next few months so you don't get overwhelmed as the move approaches
- Simplify. if there are things in your house that are taking up space but are not needed/being used put them away in the garage. It will have to keep the house clean. This could include:
-taking a load to the dump
-taking a load of stuff to charity
-pack up extra toys and books that are not needed before the move.
- Don't throw out stuff that you know you will just accumulate again after you move. It is not productive, especially if professional movers are doing the job.
- Begin trying to use up the perishable foods in your house. This can be done easily if you look at what you have and plan your weekly dinner menus around it instead of buying the "usual stuff" at the grocery store each week. (The movers will take food in cans, so don't worry to much about getting rid of those.)
- Find out about the requirements for giving notice to the housing office, schools, gyms and other businesses you might need to inform of your move. (Most often they require 1 months notice, but giving early notice doesn't hurt.)
1 month before the move
- Schedule the housing pre-inspection if you are on base. Make sure to have the house looking perfect when they come. It will make it more likely that they will go easy on you during the final inspection
- Schedule the Movers pre-inspection. They will want to know how much stuff you have, remind you about what you need to do and answer any of your questions.
- Begin pulling out items that the movers will not move. For example, under the sinks, divide the area into 2 boxes. label 1 "Movers take" and the other "We take" The one for us to take should have any flammable items/liquids.
2 weeks before
- Dust fan blades and vents. Sweep the walls and ceilings to remove cobwebs and dust.
- Pick up all items that are on the outside of the house like toys, lawn furniture, mats, or BBQ's and put them in one place so the movers don't have to search the yard for all of your stuff. The toys can even be put away in the garage so the kids don't play with them and leave them all over the yard.
- Wipe down any areas of the walls that are supper dirty. (The housing office will paint the walls, so we don't need to worry too much about this as long as the big stuff is cleaned up.)
- Pack a "Field Kit" This is a box of stuff that you will want to be with you instead of the movers. And stuff to use before you get everything unpacked at your new house.
1 week before
- take down any items in your home that need to be washed before packed. Like, drapes, shower curtains, bath mats, area rugs... After washing them, fold them and put them someplace the kids won't get to so they are clean when you get to your new home.
- Take down any items that are attached to the walls like lighting fixtures or shelf you would like to take with you, closet organizers... Items that are simply hung on the walls with a nail can be left on the walls and the movers will pack them. However, if you would like to take the hook or screw that it in the wall and needed for hanging the picture, you will need to take it because the movers would just leave it in the wall.
- Wash down the outside of the house with a hose. Just spray it to get the cobwebs off and any dirt washed away.
- Wash all windows and doors
- clean out and block off all bathrooms but 1.
- Call all companies that you have accounts with and inform them of your move/disconnect service.
- Drain gas out of the lawn mower. If it leaks oil, drain the oil also.
- Set up a place for the kids to stay while the movers are here.
- Find people to come help clean after the movers are gone.
- Clean out the oven and stove top and start eating out or use the microwave.
- Make sure all the dishes are clean, put away and don't use them again
The day before the move
- Strip the beds and wash everything
- When laundry is all done, disconnect the washer and dryer from the wall
- Disconnect all electronics
- Take any Original packing boxes next to the items they go with for the movers
- Take all perishable food items, luggage, cleaning supplies and any other items the movers wont move/you don't want the movers to move to your hotel room or your new home.
- Pack suitcases of clothes and other items you will want for the next week.
The first moving day
- Take the kids to the sitters at 7:30
- Allied movers will probably come at about 8am, take lunch from 11:30-12:30 and go home at 4:30. If another moving company comes they will not leave for lunch and won't go home until it gets done. Word on the street is that it is common courtesy to order them pizza and have cans of soda for them. (Sort of like a tip.)
- After the movers go home pick the kids up from the sitters and take them to the hotel.
- After the kids are asleep have a cleaning party/Girls night out to say good bye to friends. Clean:
-The Fridge, inside and outside
-Wipe the inside and outside of the cupboards
- wipe the shelves in the closets
- Ask the people that come to help to bring a bucket, a rag and a game.
The second moving day
- Take the kids to the sitters
- After the movers go, sweep and vacuum the floors.
- Shampoo carpets
- Mop up the hard flooring
- clean anything else that looks like it was missed.
- Pick up the kids
The following day check out of housing and go to the new house.