Oftentimes, the joy of settling into a new place is overshadowed by all of the stresses of moving. Packing and unpacking, traveling, cleaning, unexpected expenses – all while maintaining the responsibilities of everyday life can be immensely overwhelming. Thankfully, there are some rather simple steps you can take to make moving a bit more enjoyable. So, here are some tips to help make moving a breeze:
By and large, packing can be the biggest task to complete when moving. It’s a good idea to begin collecting and purchasing packing supplies well before you move. The earlier you get started, the more time you’ll have to properly organize and safely pack all of your belongings. Consider labeling each box with a number and the name of the room it will eventually be unpacked in and creating a log to document which items are in each box (make sure to label the tops and sides so you can identify them even when stacked). Also, make sure to pack an overnight bag for moving day with a change of clothes and other essentials in case you find yourself without access to your belongings.
2. Change of Address
Changing your address can be a bit more time consuming than expected. Preferably six weeks before moving, make sure to begin the process of switching important accounts over to your new address. Contact the post office and your utility company to make the switch, and don’t forget sooner or later you’ll have to deal with the DMV to have your address changed on your license. A good rule of thumb is to have the power turned on at your new residence at least a day before you arrive. And don’t forget about the little things like magazine subscriptions, Amazon, and other online accounts that also need change of address!
3. Book the Moving Company
You should begin the task of securing the moving company at least a month before your move. The earlier the better! This will give you time to shop around, ensuring you find the best deal and a company with good reviews. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the contract so that you know whats expected of you. For instance, some moving companies will only move items packed in boxes (not trash bags or suitcases) and they may end up trying to charge you extra to re-pack your belongings into their boxes, which will undoubtedly be more expensive.
4. Cleaning House
Consider hiring a cleaning company to go and deep clean your new home. Starting off on the right foot and moving into a spotless home will make the transition much more comfortable. Also, the move is an opportunity to take stock of your belongings and decide what items you may have that could be sold, donated or thrown away. Moving to a new home is a fresh beginning and the perfect time to declutter. It may be time to purchase new things such as rugs, curtains, and linens – items that gather dirt, dust, and stains over time.
5. Children and Pets
Moving is no job for little children or pets. It will be safer for all to have arrangements made so neither are in harms way during the move. Consider hiring a babysitter if you have children and a pet-sitter and/or kennel if you have pets. This will make the moving day that much safer and stress free.
6. Get To Know The Neighbors
The quickest way to make a new place feel like home is to make new friends and get involved locally. Start by alerting your neighbors to the move so they won’t be surprised by all the moving trucks and noise. Make the effort of introducing yourself to your new neighbors and get acquainted with the area by attending things like Home Owner’s Association meetings or other community events. After all, your neighbors will already know the in’s and out’s of your new area and can give you the best tips on dining, schools, shopping, and more! It’s your fast track to being in the know.
7. Welcome to your new home!
Make sure to prioritize the unpacking process. Some things need to be done right aways, while others can wait. First and foremost, make sure you begin preparing areas to eat, sleep, and bathe. Things like the living room or offices can wait a little longer. Utilize spaces like closets to store boxes as your unpacking so you’re not tripping over them. Take your time unpacking so that everything is put in it’s rightful place in a neat and orderly fashion. Know that decorating can be done after all the boxes have been emptied and furniture has been assembled.
The most important thing to avoid when moving is procrastinating. Get en early start on all these tasks and you’ll find the process to be much less stressful and much more streamlined. Things will inevitably go wrong, but if you have a little bit of wriggle room, you can iron out any wrinkles along the way. Moving doesn’t have to be a nightmare!
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