Home Moving Timeline

Wondering how long it takes to move homes from start to finish? Read on to learn about our moving timeline and recommendations.

Crafting the perfect moving timeline is a skill.

With so many things to consider, the act of moving from place A to place B is often filled with a million minor details in the middle. Between getting out of your current place, finding a new one, and everything in between, it’s a valid question: so how long does it take to move?

As we always say, the answer depends on your own unique situation. That’s why before we help you embark on your big move, there are several things you’ll need to consider beyond moving boxes and tape.

The Basic Questions to Consider Before the Move
  • Are you hiring a professional mover or do you plan to move alone?
  • Do you have a storage unit you need to go through?
  • What is your overall moving budget?
  • What is your budget for monthly rent/mortgage?
  • How many people are in your family, and how many items will each of you be moving?
  • Do you know where your important documents are, such as social security cards, birth certificates, etc?
  • How do you plan to transport your valuables during the move?
  • How far away is your new apartment or new home, and will you need to make lodging arrangements?
  • Will you be driving to your new home or flying? If you’re flying, will you be keeping your car or selling it?
  • Does moving make you anxious and, if it’s in your budget, would you consider a relocation consultant?

This list isn’t a comprehensive one by any means, but the idea is to get you thinking. You’ll find new questions that arise as you make your moving plan and start to progress with the moving process.

Moving day is a big day and wherever you’re going, you’ll find the moving process is less stressful the more prepared you are. If you’ve been wondering and unsure about what to do before moving, pull up your sleeves and get ready to dive right in. We’re here to help with moving tips and tricks, and can even help with details on packing a house.

3 Months Before the Move

3 months before you move into your new house is the prime time to start preparing a moving plan. If you start now—rather in the next month or so—you’ll have more time to accomplish all the finer details by moving day.

Get Organized

From going through those boxes of holiday decorations to making a master packing checklist, getting organized for the moving day a few months ahead of time will make the moving process smoother. As part of your organization strategy, use this one as a guide, and make your own moving timeline. Moves require something different from each of us, so getting in tune with what yours will entail will make sure your timeline fits your needs.

Create Your Budget

Creating your budget is one of the most important preparation steps of the moving timeline. A budget is a good way to track your expenses and see how much you have left for things like a moving truck or new furniture.

Make a Moving Binder

If you’ve ever had a chaotic moving experience, a moving binder will quickly become your trusty lifeline. The idea is simple but wildly effective. A moving binder is a place to keep all of your moving-related materials. From an overall inventory list to information about your new residence, use this binder throughout the move to keep your information and important documents in one place.

2 Months Before the Move

2 months before the big day is a good time to kick yourself into gear (if you aren’t already). Getting things in order now will alleviate the anxiety and stress that comes along with leaving it all until the last minute.

Host a Garage Sale

If you have extra furniture, clothing, or belongings in storage you’d like to sell before the move, host a garage sale. Because you’re still 2 months out, make sure you don’t get rid of the essentials that you may need moving forward in your new place, like your bed.

Start to Donate

This is also a good time to go through your closets, the garage, and the kitchen cabinets in search of things you want to donate. If there are items you don’t care to sell at the garage sale, get them organized in bags and boxes and make donations.

Hire a Moving Company

With 2 months to go before the move, it’s the right time to hire a moving company. While you’re at it, start gathering your packing supplies and begin packing the boxes of things you can live without for a couple months. Purchase extra packing tape, packing paper, and bubble wrap.

1 Month Before the Move

1 month before the move is when people start to feel a bit overwhelmed, especially those who are moving out of state. Thankfully, 1 month is still a substantial amount of time to get tons of things crossed off the checklist for moving into a new house.

Get Serious About Packing

With your packing supplies in hand, now is the time to really start to pack. Label boxes by room and pack up all the things you can do without. Enlist the help of your family members to get their belongings in order, too. Making individual “to-do” lists for packing can help get things done quicker and more efficiently.

Make Travel Arrangements

If you’ll be driving to your new location, map your route and note any stops that you’ll need to make along the way (such as hotels, gas stations, and the essential caffeine fix). If you’ve booked plane tickets, make a note in your travel binder and set an alarm for flight check-in. Arrange who will take you to the airport and pick you up. Travel arrangements are a critical part of the moving timeline, so make sure to pay attention to the details, the dates, and the times.

Cancel Utilities and Subscriptions

With 1 month to go until your move, it’s time to notify utility companies of your moving date. These include cable, gas, electricity, and anything else that’s under your name and linked to your current residence. It’s also a good idea to change the address on things like magazine subscriptions.

2 Weeks Before the Move

2 weeks to go means crunch time! These last two weeks are important and can make or break the frenzy you might feel in the week before the big move. Stay calm. All is within reach. Just pick up your moving binder and stay focused.

Change Your Address

Notify the postal service that you’ll be changing your address and put in a forwarding request.

Run the Errands

In the weeks leading up to a big move, there are plenty of errands to do. During this time, get the car serviced, do any last-minute appointments for pets and kids, and get any remaining packing supplies you may need.

Make Time for Farewells

No moving timeline would be complete without the sentimental farewells. Doing your farewells a couple of weeks before is often a good idea, so that you don’t feel so stressed in your final week. Give yourself the gift of staying up late, reminiscing, and making memories in your soon-to-be old home.

1 Week Before the Move

The week has come and moving day is almost here. You’ve now answered your own question or how long does it take to move apartments or homes—because you’re in the final stretch! Crank the tunes, put on some comfy moving gear, and get ready to finish the packing race.

Pack the Essentials

When you’re finishing the final boxes, don’t forget to pack an essentials box. That way, after you’re moved into your new spot, you won’t run the risk of wondering where the shampoo is, the toilet paper, or the coffee maker. An essentials box, as you may assume, is absolutely necessary to maintain your sanity.

Clean the Fridge

At this point, your fridge is probably pretty empty. In the few days before the move, treat yourself to the gift of takeout. Scrub the fridge, give away any perishable items that won’t make the move, and refill it with a couple of things for moving day. Pre-made coffee, sandwiches, and plenty of water are always a good idea.

Ask for Help

If you need help, now is the time to ask! Enlist any family and friends to have more hands-on board for packing, taping, and cleaning. With every move, there always seems to be those last-minute tasks. Thankfully, with a few incentives, you can most likely corral the help from your loved one.

The Night Before the Move

The day has come. On the night before the move, make sure your phone and electronics are all charged up. Finish any last-minute tasks, and review your moving binder for dates and times. Enjoy one last dinner in your home and get excited for the day ahead.

Most of the moving timeline has to do with the tasks leading up to the big day. Once you arrive at your new home, unpack the moving boxes at your leisure, order your favorite pizza, and pop a bottle of something special.

You did it!

Remember, if you need a place to stay before, after, or during your move to the new house, Zeus is here for you. Our fully furnished rentals will be your perfect home-away-from-home while you wait to settle into your next spot.