Moving is a stressful task, mentally and physically. So, if you know that you are moving, it is good to start preparing well in advanced to prevent procrastination. Here are some tips that can help you to transition smoothly into your home.
Before moving, make a timeline of what to accomplish each week. There are plenty of planning tools and checklists online to help with moving.
- Packing early.
- Before packing, use pictures/videos to record all your belongings (for insurance inventory purposes).
- You can also take a picture/video before unplugging electronic cables and while taking apart furniture that requires assembling, so you know how to reconnect them later on.
- Pack a “First-night” box containing some personal hygiene products: toilet paper, cleaning supplies, clean sheets, basic first aid supplies, medication, and a change of clothes. This can save some time digging through boxes that have not been unpacked.
- More packing tips (https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Moving-Hacks-Make-Packing-Easy-35362851).
- Book needed services in advanced.
Researching months in advanced allows you to compare prices and accommodate special requests. You can use sites like CityMove and Unpakt to get the cheapest bid. (Save your receipt! If you are moving due to a change in your job or business location, your moving expense may be tax-deductible (https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc455.html).)
Change up the locks after moving in despite of how trustworthy the previous homeowner is. Better safe than sorry.
If you have anything to be redone (think paint, flooring, cabinets…), you can start looking for contractors and get estimates before moving in.
- Furniture shopping.
Take down dimensions of the new home and see if you need new furniture or can use your existing furniture. This helps to decide if you need to move, donate or sell your current furniture.
- Change address.
- Financial service institutions (Banks, credit cards, loans…)
- Governmental agencies (DMV, USPS post office)
- DMV in some states require change of address in as early as 10 days.
- USPS can forward your letters to your new home.
- Deliveries (Newspaper, magazines)
- Some magazine subscriptions require a 6-week notice.
- Pet (Vet, pet licensing, microchip)
- Find a baby sitter (pet sitter)
Moving stresses children and pets, especially when the house is all empty. If you cannot find a baby sitter or a pet sitter, keep them busy in a room while you are cleaning/moving things.
- Familiarize yourself with the neighborhood.
- Know when the trash and recycling collection days are.
- Know what grocery store and restaurants are around your new neighborhood (pick up some take-out menus from restaurants so you can avoid cooking on the first day).
The more things you can prepare, the less stressful your move-in schedule will be. Plan ahead so you can enjoy the move-in process.