The average person moves more than 11 times in their lives. No matter how many times you move, the process is always stressful.
There’s so much to take care of that it’s easy to forget a few key things when you’re moving home.
As long as you stay on top of the necessary tasks, you’ll be in good shape. Here are a few key things to take care of before the big day.
- Hire Movers Early
Moving companies are busy year-round. This means you’ll want to book movers as soon as you can.
According to the experts at Small Movers, it’s best to book an appointment for your moving day as soon as you find out that you’re moving in the first place. If this is several months in advance, great!
It just makes it easier to get the best time slot possible.
- Update Your Address
Once you know where you’re moving, fill out a change of address form online or at your local post office. This way, they’ll be able to forward any mail that gets sent to your old address.
It’s also a good idea to update your address with any magazines, subscription services, credit card companies, and insurance providers you work with as soon as possible. Most companies let you do this online, so you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home.
- Notify Your Utility Providers
When you’re moving, you’ll need to make sure the utilities get turned on at your new home and turned off at your old property. As soon as you know your moving date, contact your utility companies and let them know when you want to start and stop service.
They’ll process the request and make sure everything is ready for your moving day so you can avoid getting double-charged for utilities once you move.
- Declutter Your Home
Every person has some amount of clutter taking up space in their homes. That clutter just makes moving harder and slows you down when all you want to do is get unpacked and settled into your new home.
Instead of trying to move the clutter, get rid of it. Host a garage sale and sell what you can. You can always donate what’s left so you won’t have to worry about paying the movers to transport the junk you don’t want.
- Pack a Moving Home Essentials Bag
Whenever possible, pack a bag with your essentials like toiletries, medication, and several changes of clothes for your moving day. Keep this bag separate from the boxes your movers are handling.
This way, you’ll have access to everything you need for the first night or two in your new place.
Follow This Moving Home Checklist
Moving home is stressful and the more tasks you need to take care of before the big day, the harder it will be. However, this checklist should take some of the stress out of the process.
As long as you take care of these essential tasks, you’ll be able to focus on getting settled into your new home at your own pace.
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