John Russo

John Russo

Richard B. Arnold Real Estate

How to Plan for Your Move on the North Shore of Long Island

Over the years, I have owned a number of homes in the North Shore community. While fond family memories were formed in each of my houses, the process of moving is not one of the particularly exciting memories. At this point, though, I consider myself an expert at moving, and I have a number of tips I want to share to make the entire process less stressful for you and your family.

Let’s face a fact: moving, no matter how many times you do it, is always stressful. After everything is moved, you always find something that you wish you could have done differently. One of these regrets is not planning and preparing for the move. 

If you ignore the vital steps of preparing for a move, chances are you’ll be saying “never again!” before you even begin unpacking in your new home. To avoid going through this experience and having to maneuver your way through the chaos, why not give the old ‘plan ahead’ advice a try?  

Don’t know what do?

For all first-time movers and first-time planners, I compiled a list of some things you need to consider before it’s time to hunker down and pack. My tips are organized into an eight-week timeline, which should give you enough time to make sure nothing goes wrong when you’re moving to the North Shore home of your dreams.

8 Weeks Before the Move

With 2 months to go before moving day, there are some critical tasks that you need to get out of the way to start planning for the weeks ahead. Sit down with your entire family and review the big-picture goals. One of the easiest places to begin is to start purging! That’s right: throw out all of the unnecessary things you’ve accumulated in your last home. Believe me, you will quickly accumulate a new list of items that are completely unnecessary and simply take up valuable storage space in your home.

When setting up a garage sale, categorize your items like this person did with boxes, signage & garden accessories in one area.
  1. The first thing you need to do is do some research on how much moving companies charge. Based on that, create a budget and don’t forget to consider other additional costs that might come up.
  2. Get an estimate from several moving companies and read through their contracts in detail before singing them.
  3. Rent a moving truck if you are planning to move everything yourself.
  4. If you can, schedule moving day to land on a Friday and request time off work. This way you’ll have the weekend to start unpacking.
  5. If you want to donate or sell furniture or other items, plan a garage sale now so you won’t have to haphazardly throw away stuff while packing.

6 Weeks Before the Move

With six weeks left, it’s time to actually start organizing your stuff to make sure it’s ready to pack. One of the most important things, however, is to spend time with friends and family around the North Shore of Long Island. You should do this now as things will get even busier as moving day gets closer.

  1. Collect boxes for packing. You can either buy new ones or collect free ones from restaurants, office supply stores, etc.
  2. Make an inventory of all your valuable items. This includes appliances, fragile items, electronics, furniture, etc.
  3. Visit your new place and measure if everything will fit. If something like the couch doesn’t fit, this is the time you can order a new one before giving the old one away right before you move.
  4. Label your moving boxes for each room along with the items they will carry.
  5. If you are shipping your car, don’t leave spare tires and jacks in the trunk.
  6. Lastly, start packing a little every day.

4 Weeks Before the Move

With a month left, it’s time to get rolling with packing, donating and selling items.

  1. The most important step at this mark is to purchase moving insurance that covers all belongings.
  2. Get a permit to park your moving truck, if required.
  3. Gather and file all important documents like financial records, birth certificates, passports, medical records, and other legal documents at one place and add them to your self-carry pile.
  4. Return any movies, library books, or other rentals.
  5. Find new doctors, vets, dentists, schools, internet providers, cable, etc., in the new neighborhood.
  6. Transfer your prescriptions to a new pharmacy if required.
  7. If you have pets, make sure that you have new tags for their collars.
  8. Do not forget to update your voter registration.
  9. Forward your mail and update your address everywhere necessary.
  10. Continue packing things you won’t need for the next few weeks.

2 Weeks Before the Move

As the two-week mark rolls around, you will definitely start to feel the stress building up. But if you have been proactive before this, you don’t have to worry too much.

Now you can take some time to think about the leisure activities you’ll enjoy when you move into your new community.  Local resources like Simply North Shore & the Lifestyle section of highlight local events throughout the North Shore communities.

If you’re active on Facebook & Instagram, be sure to follow Simply North Shore to learn about the available local resources to stay on top of community events.

Return books & movies to your old library. Visiting your new library is a great way for families with kids to meet people and become comfortable in your new community.
  1. Get rid of unopened food that you will not be consuming in the next two weeks. 
  2. Redirect scheduled deliveries to your new address. 
  3. Clean out your appliances, empty oil from lawn mowers, grills, heaters, etc. 
  4. Give your shelves and closets a sweep to make sure nothing gets left behind. 
  5. Make sure any minor damages are fixed. 
  6. Thoroughly clean your house one room at a time.

2 Days Before the Move

Make sure to not miss the following tasks with just 2 days left before your move.

  1. Unplug and defrost your fridge and freezer the night before the move.
  2. Recheck that you have all important documents, keys, credit/debit cards, cash, rental agreement, etc., on your person.
  3. Pack a box of essentials that you might need right when you move into your new place.
  4. Make sure your new place is ready to move in.
  5. Confirm your schedule with the moving company.

Moving Day!

All this prepping and planning has led to the day you’ll move into your new home. But that doesn’t mean you can just relax. Make sure you get enough sleep and rise early. If you have kids and/or pets, make sure you have someone to look after them while you move boxes.


With all of the above said, I don’t guarantee that nothing will go wrong. There might be a plate or two that breaks, a box that rips, a delivery that’s late or it rains. However, planning ahead does relieve your mind from worrying about things other than the situation at hand. So the next move you plan on the North Shore of Long Island, give this list a try!

And remember to contact The Russo Kaufman Team at Richard B. Arnold Real Estate in Sea Cliff, NY if you have any questions.

John Russo

John Russo

John transitioned from a 30-year successful career on Wall Street to follow his true passion, real estate. He has lived in Sea Cliff for over 20 years and is highly regarded in the community.

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