Plan Your Seattle-Area Move in 10 Easy Steps

Written by Charley Bowling on Jul 19, 2020


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Moving to a new home can be stressful. It ranks right up there with other dreaded life events like getting divorced and dental work. Whether you’re moving in, out or around Washington state, you’re probably feeling nervous about how the move will go. 

As professional movers serving the Seattle – Lynnwood area and surrounding towns (Belleview, Edmonds, n, etc.), we’ve helped hundreds of people just like you move to their new home. We’ve rounded up our best tips to help you plan your move and ensure everything goes smoothly.

1. Clean out items you don’t need

There’s no better time than when you move to toss, sell, give away or donate unused Items. Don’t move things you no longer want. Declutter and you’ll have less to pack.

If you decide to donate large items like furniture, places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army will come pick them up. Take care of the donation before moving day so you don’t have multiple movers getting in each other’s way. 

Bonus Tip – Remember to request a receipt for any donations to claim a deduction on your income taxes.

2. Get supplies and start packing

Moving day is bound to be hectic. The more packing you get done in advance, the faster your move will go. Assemble your packing materials – boxes, tape, etc. Be sure to get enough boxes. You don’t want to be forced to over-pack boxes; they can break open when you’re carrying them.

Start by boxing up items that you can “live without,” like out-of-season clothing, until you’re settled in your new home.

Try to tackle entire rooms. Don’t jump around tossing random items into boxes. You’ll just make finding things and unpacking in your new home that much more chaotic and frustrating. Focus on a room at a time.

Assign each room a color and then note the color on your boxes with colored tape or PostIts. That way, when you get to your new location, you can put boxes in their corresponding room. For example, every box that’s marked red goes in the kitchen. Using colors is much easier than trying to read detailed labels or opening boxes to find out what’s in them.

3. Reserve your moving date

Whether you plan to rely on friends for muscle or hire a professional mover, reserve your moving date well in advance. 

Bonus Tip – Because most people want to move the last weekend in the month, you may be able to get a lower rate with a professional mover by choosing a mid-week, mid-month moving day. 

4. Pare down your food supplies

Eat out of your refrigerator, freezer and pantry so you have the bare minimum remaining by moving day. Don’t buy groceries beyond the essentials or they’ll just be more things to move or throw out.

5. Contact utility companies

Make arrangements to have the electricity, water, internet, cable TV, etc. turned on at your new home a day or two before you move in. You don’t want to spend your first night in the dark and without the internet.

Don’t forget to arrange for utilities to be turned off at your old place the day after you’ve moved.

6. Change your address

Fill out a change-of-address form with your local post office. You may be able to do it online. 

Most government websites will allow you to change your address online as will credit card companies, banks and subscriber services like newspapers or magazines.

7.  Call you home insurer

Contact your home insurance company to let them know you’re moving. Cancel your policy or have it transferred to your new home.

8. Get door stoppers and a dolly

Pick up a few door stoppers to peg doors open on moving day, saving time and making it easier to move in and out when your arms are full. If you’re going the DIY route for moving, buy, rent or borrow a dolly.

Bonus Tip – Be sure to put the door stoppers and dolly someplace handy once you’ve moved everything out of your old home. That way you can find them easily when your get to your new location and start unloading.

9. Arrange for a sitter for young children and pets on moving day

If you can, have someone watch the kids and pets for at least part of your moving day, preferably at their location. That way you won’t have them underfoot as you’re gathering and carrying your belongings out. It’s safer and you’ll be more efficient.

10. Run last-minute errands.

Take care of those items you can do in advance so that your first few days in your new home are less hectic.

  • Return library books. 
  • Pick up any prescriptions you need from your drug store. Make arrangements to transfer any ongoing prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new neighborhood.
  • Safely dispose of any hazardous household chemicals like paint, oil and solvents.

Being Prepared Helps Ease Stress

Those 10 tips should help you get started on your moving process. While it may seem like an exceedingly long list of tasks, your reward for getting them done in advance will be a much less stressful moving day. And who wouldn’t want that! 

If you’d like efficient, reliable, professional help on moving day in or around Seattle, Lynnwood and Snohomish County, contact Neo Moving for an affordable, no-obligation quote.