Sixty days to go!!! Honestly, part of me can’t believe we are so close; yet, it feels as though we are so far because there is still so much to do! If you missed last month’s moving post, see here for things you should be doing at around 90 days prior to moving.
In addition to the 6 items listed in my 90-day countdown post, here are 6 more “to-dos” to check off your list now that you are 60 days away from moving!
1. FIND A MOVING COMPANY
If you’re like us, you might not yet have a firm closing date which means you can’t actually schedule your movers. You can, however, start researching different companies and get quotes from at least a few so that you know what to expect when the time comes.
2. FIGURE OUT YOUR WINDOW COVERINGS
Window coverings have been on my mind a lot lately (see my recent post regarding our choices this time around). If you’re planning on getting any custom blinds or shades, the lead time is about 4-6 weeks (longer if you’re building during a world pandemic!), so now is the time to get a few in-home consultations done and put in your order.
3. GIVE NOTICE TO YOUR LANDLORD
If you’re in Ontario, most month-to-month leases require a 30-day termination notice but your lease might stipulate a longer period – I have seen a few that require 60 days. Read through your agreement and be sure to provide ample notice to your landlord to avoid any issues when it is time to vacate.
4. PACK SOME MORE BOXES
If you followed my advice from the 90-day checklist blog, then you’ve probably already packed away items that you know you won’t need until after you move (for us, I packed our winter gear since we’re moving at the end of the summer). Now that you are 60-days out, you have an even better idea of what you can likely do without over the next two months. Pack as much as you can while you still have the time to separate and label everything (it’s inevitable that, in the end, you will just be throwing all the remaining items in various boxes, so you might as well try to minimize the madness ahead of time).
5. USE UP THE FOOD YOU HAVE IN YOUR PANTRY AND FREEZER
I love having a stocked pantry and freezer but I don’t like moving food, especially fridge/freezer items. For starters, there’s always the chance that your appliances are not delivered on time and then you’re left with food you can’t store. If you’re like us, you already have an upright freezer that you will be bringing to the new home but we still have to disconnect and thaw it out before transporting. So save yourself the heartache of throwing out perfectly good food by making plans to consume it now!
6. BOOK TIME OFF WORK
Similar to booking your movers, if you don’t have a firm closing date yet you may not know exactly what days you will need to take off work but – trust me! – you will want to take a few days off when the time comes (if you can, plan for a week or even better, two, away from the office). Let your employer know now roughly when you expect to be moving so that you can plan your leave and your workload accordingly. That way, not only will you be able to move your belongings into your new home but you’ll have some time to also set up your space (i.e.: furniture, cable, internet, etc.) before returning to the daily grind.
That pretty much sums up my 60-day moving checklist. We are, of course, busy almost daily with planning things during the actual construction of our home, so I take solace in making these checklists for the other aspects of building a home that we sometimes overlook. Still can’t believe that there will only be 30 days left by the next time I post my last moving checklist – be sure to check back in a month for any tips and insights that I can offer.