Moving Timeline

Moving Does Not Have to Be Stressful

Congratulations, you and your family have decided to relocate to Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh features countless sites and attractions, including museums, nature parks, and historical landmarks. Although your calendar is sure to be filled with fun activities in the weekends to come, right now all you can think about is the extensive moving to-do list you must complete.

Moving is an exciting, yet stressful experience. There is a great deal of items that need packing. Then, once you pack those items, they must be loaded on to the moving truck and hauled to your new home. At your new home, the items will be unloaded and unpacked, once again. How exhausting? By planning ahead and getting prepared before your move-in day, you can reduce some of the stress associated with the moving process. It is never too soon to start thinking about the move.

We have created for you a moving timeline, ranging from “2 Months Before the Move” to “Move-In Day”. It incorporates all the necessary tasks that need to be completed before you make the big move to your new home. The timeline also includes one crucial task that is often forgotten in the moving process, the transport of your vehicle.

Check out the timeline below to help guide you in the move and avoid a last-minute scramble:

2 Months Before the Move:

  • Get quotes from moving companies. Spend some time researching the moving companies in your area. Call the companies to request quotes. You can also ask for recommendations from friends and family.
  • Get quotes from car shipping companies. It is important to consider how you will be transporting your vehicle, as it is a crucial means of transportation. Research car shipping companies, and request quotes. We will talk more on this later.
  • Start accumulating packing supplies. There is quite a bit of material that you will need to pack your possessions, so it is best to start collecting these supplies now. You will need boxes, tape, permanent markers, and packing material (bubble wrap, packing paper, newspaper, packing peanuts, etc.). Before buying boxes, check to see if any of your local liquor stores, supply chain stores, or grocery stores have some available.
  • Research the community. Moving to a new place can be scary, because you are unfamiliar with the location. Research the history of the city to find out more. You are likely to find out some interesting facts. Also, check out websites, such as TripAdvisor, which list all the places to eat, things to do, and sights to see.
  • Take care of your children’s school records. Notify your child’s current school to let the school know that they will be moving. Begin the process of transferring their records, as well as registering them at the new school.
  • Acquire new doctors and dentists. You are probably not moving right down the street, so you must find new physicians for you and your family. Seek recommendations from your current medical providers, friends, or family.
  • Make travel arrangements. You must book flights for you and your family. If you have a family pet, you must plan for how they will be transported to your new home, as well.
  • Consider having a garage/yard sale. It is likely that you have a lot of items that you do not need, use, or want anymore. Moving provides you with an opportunity to sort through all your belongings and set aside a ‘donation’ or ‘sell’ pile. If you feel that you are up to the task, throw a garage or yard sale to sell these unwanted items.

1 Month Before the Move:

  • Sort through your belongings. As mentioned before, get rid of the items that you do not want anymore. Also, it is time to start sorting through the refrigerator. Begin to use up perishable food items.
  • Start packing. Begin to pack a little at a time, particularly items that you do not see yourself needing in the weeks leading up to your move. Remember to package items in sturdy boxes, label the sides of the boxes where it can be seen, and secure with tape.
  • Set up utility accounts. Contact all necessary service providers, such as cable, internet, television, and phone. Set up a date and time to disconnect service at your current home, and connect service at your new home.
  • Go furniture shopping. If you are planning on buying new furniture, such as a couch or table and chairs, go shopping for it in advance. If you purchase it now, you can set up delivery for once you are in your new home.

2 Weeks Before the Move:

  • Begin cleaning. You will need to clean your house from top-to-bottom. Once a room is all packed, start the cleaning process.
  • Pack everything. You should have been packing a little at a time, but now it is time to pack all your belongings. Everything must go. You still have two weeks left before your move, so leave out only the necessary items.
  • Notify everyone. Let everyone know that you are moving. You have probably already told your friends and family. Notify the post office for change of address, medical providers, schools, employers, and insurance providers.

1 Week Before the Move:

  • Double check, triple check arrangements. There is nothing wrong with being too careful. You do not want move-in day to come around and find out your flight was booked for the wrong day. Therefore, check to ensure that the flight time and date is correct. Also, call the moving and car transport companies to ensure that they have the right information.

1 Day Before the Move:

  • Ensure that everything is packed. Now that it is the day before your move-in day, you can pack up everything that you left out before. You will still need clothes for move-in day and personal hygiene products, so you may want to leave out a small bag.
  • Do a quick walk-through. Walk through each room to make sure that you did not forget anything. Ensure that each room is clean, as well.

Move-In Day:

  • Disassemble bed and bedding items. The last few items that need to be packed are the bed and bedding items that you slept on.
  • Oversee the moving process. By hiring a moving company and auto transport company, all the hard work is done for you. Your possessions, including your vehicle, are being transported to your new home by professionals in the industry. No need to worry about anything, but you are welcome to supervise.

Using An Auto Transport Company

There is one item of business we need to get back to, and that is about transporting your vehicle. People often forget that shipping your car is also a part of the moving process. It is important to consider how you will be getting your car from your current home to your new one.

Using an auto transport company is a fast, easy, and reliable method of transporting your car to its new home. Not only do you leave the work to the professionals, but you bypass the accumulation of unnecessary miles on the car. In addition, driving across the country can become costly, requiring many expenses, such as lodging, gas, and food.

Here are some reasons why National Dispatch is a leader in the auto transport industry:

  • Company-owned fleet. Not all auto transport companies own their own trucks, but we do!
  • Excel in customer service. We pride ourselves in providing the best service to all our customers, which include individuals relocating, vacationers, car dealerships, corporations, car collectors, construction teams, and military personnel.
  • Nationwide relocation. We can ship your vehicle anywhere within the United States. 
  • Offer a variety of services. We offer open and enclosed vehicle transport carriers. In open auto transport, your vehicle will be transported securely on an open-air carrier, while enclosed auto transport provides protection from weather and elements of the road. We are also capable of transporting non-running vehicles, if needed.
  • Trained professionals. We ensure that our drivers are well equipped to handle a variety of situations. Once the vehicle leaves your possession, the drivers take on the responsibility of returning it to you in pristine condition. With our trained professionals, your vehicle will be transported safely.

It is obvious that moving is not easy, because the entire process requires a lot of time and energy. Planning, along with help, can make your life much easier. By following this Moving Timeline, along with some assistance from the professionals, you should be relaxing in your new home in no time.

Go to to receive a free, instant car shipping quote. Just fill out four simple fields, without any personal information. You can also call 800-321-2051 if you would like to speak with one of our auto transport specialists.