Any person, couple, or family considering moving will know that this is a significant undertaking. To help you stay organized, prepared, and as stress-free as possible during a big move, we created the Ultimate Moving Checklist.

Use a moving checklist to manage your time to your benefit – the ultimate time management tool. If you create a moving list, you will not only see the things you must get done when you move house, but you will also know when to do these tasks and how long you are given to complete them.

Make your timeline by personalizing a great moving timeline. If you don’t own a pet animal, remove all pet-related tasks from your list and include tasks related to moving.

You should begin moving eight weeks before the moving day you plan to move. You can book services well in advance and allow a little wiggle room for setbacks. Prepare at least two months in advance.

Here is what you need to do eight weeks before moving day:

• Prepare a moving plan.

Moving (and creating paperwork) is surprisingly time-consuming. Most of the research and paperwork will likely be digital, so upload them all to a virtual drive folder so that you can easily access them all when needed. Adding physically-based files to a digital drive is as simple as scanning them or storing them in a folder.

• Decide how much you can afford to spend on your move.

Eight weeks before you move, you need to develop a budget for your move. Consider how much you can potentially spend on all moving and moving-related expenses, including gas and snacks.

If you have a larger budget, you could add services like dish packing and furniture assembly to your move. The services are not necessary if you’re on a tight budget.

• Compare and research services.

Now is the time to begin evaluating professional moving services if you are considering them. You might prefer a local mover if you are moving nearby.

If you are moving long distances, it may be more sensible to use a national moving company with teams throughout the country. Ensure that the moving company you select offers insurance coverage, is licensed, has good reviews, and holds licenses.

• Make sure you have time off for moving.

After you move, if you intend to keep the same job, please contact your supervisor or HR for any requested days off around your move date. Whenever you need time off, stay around the weekends.

If your move requires four days, request Thursday and Friday off instead of taking four consecutive days off. You should start thinking about when to notify your employer that you’re leaving now if you’re quitting your job. A few workplaces may request more notice, but generally, two weeks is sufficient.

• Notify your current landlord of your intentions to leave.

Renters should let their landlords know that they will not renew their leases if they plan to move. Having two months left allows them to search for new tenants and arrange turnover services, such as cleaning and maintenance.

• Explore the neighborhood where you live.

Get acquainted with the neighborhood first by planning to visit it before moving to familiarize yourself with the area. Spend a weekend exploring the new community you are about to call home and book a hotel close to your new residence.