Moving to a new home is far less stressful when you’re well organized! Some elements are simply out of your control, such as all of the questions or paperwork you’ll have to worry about. There may even be problems with the next tenant as well. Even so, there are a lot of little things you can do in order to have a much easier move overall. Here’s a basic rundown of everything you can do to make sure everything goes smoothly:
Make Sure The Right People Know About Your New Address
You can’t just up and move; several people and entities will need to know your next address. Here are some of the most important to check off of the list:
- Your bank.
- Your credit card company.
- The provider of any pensions you have.
- Your insurance company.
- Your loan providers.
- All of your utility companies and service providers.
If you paid a deposit, be sure you also hunt down whoever is in charge of the property so you can get it back! Your employer and all healthcare providers should also be made aware of your move. Finally, be sure to update the schools that any of your children may be attending.
Coordinating With A Moving Company
If you want to move with as little stress as possible, you should consider using a moving company to help you get all of your belongings over to the next location. Make sure not to just hire the first one you come across however. Get quotes from at least three different moving companies. If possible, try to find a company that offers cancellation protection. In some cases, you may need to change the date you move everything over at the last minute. Finally, make sure you organize your boxes as carefully as possible, and label them clearly so that everything will be easier once you unpack later on.
Cleaning And Dealing With Clutter
Once you know you’re moving, it’s time to start cleaning and removing each room of unnecessary clutter. This will help you keep track of what you want to keep and what can be thrown out or donated. Waiting to start this process until the last minute always ends in frustration, so get it going as soon as you can.
In some cases, you may even be able to sell some items that you aren’t interested in keeping. eBay and Craigslist are both incredible online resources for selling old belongings. At the very least, you might make a few extra bucks to help you deal with the moving company fees! Or, you can put it towards new appliances or cleaning services to help make your transition into the new place even easier.
Locks And Keys
Make sure you collect the keys to your old place from any family members or friends that may have them. On the topic of locks, you also need to make sure you’re prepared to get them all changed in the new place once you move in. If it’s in your budget, consider having additional locks installed and a security system as well.
Pets And Kids
If you have pets and children, consider asking a trusted family member to watch them on moving day. No matter how much you love them, the entire process will go much more smoothly if they’re not in the midst of everything!