You got a new job. You broke up with your partner. Or, you’re dead broke and you’re forced to downsize.


Whatever the circumstances, moving out in a hurry is stressful. There’s barely time to freak out about it and there’s certainly no time to waste. So pull yourself together and get to work!


Here’s a look at the most important things to consider as you prepare to move out and move on fast.



How Fast Is Fast?


In other words, how much time do you really have? Once you know exactly when you can move in, or, when you have to move out - your first step is to organize your time around these important deadlines.


Get systematic. Create a moving list calendar. It doesn’t have to be anything more than a comprehensive to-do list. First, write everything you need to get done and then go about prioritizing what’s most important. Assign each task a tentative to-do date based on how long they’ll take to complete. It’s not important how you structure your calendar. What's important is that you have a working timetable of how much time you have left to get things done.


Sticking to a master plan with specific dates is crucial for staying focused and motivated. The mere act of marking off something as DONE gives you a sense of accomplishment and propels you to take action on the next one.  Above all, the best thing you can do with a moving calendar is stick to it!



How Should You Pack?


Moving with more than what you need doesn’t make sense. Say you’re moving from Texas to Minnesota in the winter. Be practical about your summer clothes and flip flops, especially those you haven’t worn in over a year. You weren't planning to downsize but you're better off for doing so.


Start packing early. Allow for many days on your moving list calendar for getting it done. If you don’t intend to hire movers, the first thing to do is alert your network of friends of your departure date and ask for help whenever they’re available. The earlier you let them know, the better your chances of getting their help. If you anticipate needing temporary storage, make the call to secure something right away. Then you can concentrate on packing the stuff that has to move with you first.  


Second, gather all the supplies you’ll need. You probably won’t have time to scour local businesses for free boxes. If you’re moving locally, request reusable plastic bins delivered to your door from a green moving company. This saves the environment AND time spent acquiring boxes. Otherwise, purchase brand new boxes as well as quality packing tape, packing paper, and bubble wrap. Consider acquiring a furniture dolly as well. It will save you a lot of backbreaking work for the big stuff.


As you pack, set aside items you aren’t taking. The temptation is to waste time wondering about where all that should go. (Donate? Storage? Dump?) Tell yourself you’ll decide on these things later and stick to packing!


For moving day, pack an essentials box filled with belongings you need for a day or two at your new house while your boxes are still in transit or as yet unpacked. Include everything you can’t go 24 hours without such as prescriptions, a toothbrush, a change of clothes and more.



Who Should You Call?


Quite likely, you’ll be making a lot of phone calls if you’re moving on a tight timeline. Make important arrangements well ahead of time when it comes to scheduling dates with the moving company, a car shipping company, and any flights or hotel bookings. Make necessary arrangements for traveling with children with pets. Contact the post office to change your address notify your banks, credit-card lenders and other financial services about your move.


Schedule disconnection from public utilities and cable and internet providers. Gather any hardware you need to return. When it comes to insurance and healthcare, you’ll want to make sure your coverage extends or can be transferred to your new locale.


Check in with your real estate agent, your landlord or anyone else involved with transitioning homes. The slightest overlooked detail - like forgetting to ask for the keys - can save you from being locked out of your new home on your first night.



How Will You Sell Your Home Quickly?


Life throws you curve balls but you can’t let them knock you down. When it comes to your real estate investment, selling in a hurry may not have been in the original playbook but it doesn’t have to qualify as a loss.


Get in touch with local homebuyers that are familiar with last-minute situations. They can offer you a quick turnaround price on the property you have to leave behind and you can receive a fair cash offer for your home sans the labor intensive and timely processes involved with listing it on the traditional market.






Hi courtknee,

Thanks for taking the time to share your moving tips! We always appreciate members sharing their moving best practices! Have a wonderful evening.

Great article and tips on moving!  Thank you for taking the time to make the readers aware of the little details that moving entails.  I'm new in the industry, so I like to see what people have to say!

Cheers, Lulu