10 of the Most Important Things To Do Before You Move
Moving can be a daunting task. But, chin up! It doesn't have to be if you're smart about how to best prepare for your new life in a new place. With a little forethought and proactivity, you'll be all set for the big day. Here are 10 of the most important things to do before you make the move to ensure that the process is as easy and efficient as can be.
1. Choose Your Moving Date & Moving Company Wisely
Setting the right moving date might be more important than you think. Did you know that you can save money by choosing the less busier moving times like mid-week and mid-month, particularly during the months of September through April? You can. The demand is lower during these times meaning that moving rates are also lower. You can read more tips on the best times to move here.
Unless you're doing the heavy lifting, packing and moving yourself, choosing a reputable moving company is very important. Watch out for "too good to be true" pricing and read the reviews before you choose your company, as there are some scams out there. Check them out on the Better Business Bureau, also, to make sure they're legit and trustworthy. This is your life, so you don't want to just entrust it to anyone.
2. Change Your Address Sooner Rather Than Later
It's best to notify the post office of your change of address about three weeks prior to moving. Don't wait until after your move. This prevents mail going to your old address or important documents getting lost in the transition. You can simply forward your mail online at USPS.com with just a few clicks. Changing your mailing address for your credit cards, banks and any newspaper or magazine subscriptions can also be done quickly and easily online.
3. Notify Utility Providers in Advance
Along these same lines, you'll want to notify your utility providers of your upcoming move two to three weeks prior to your actual move-in date. You don't want any gaps in your electric, cable and gas service when you move in to your new home, nor do you want to pay for unnecessary days of usage in your old place.
4. Eliminate Clutter
Before you start packing up your belongings, it's really beneficial to set aside some time to thoroughly go through your things and eliminate clutter. Don't bring a ton of things with you to your new home that you don't need, use or want. Be proactive on decluttering and work smarter not harder. The less you actually have to pack, the better! Need some decluttering tips? Read our previous post on How to Declutter Your Home and Your Life before you get started.
5. Cycle Through Your Pantry
Unless you're moving somewhere right down the street, you don't won't to bother moving snacks and pantry items. Plan ahead to cycle through as much of your pantry, and other food items, as you can before your moving date arrives. Still have too much food to deal with? Consider donating non-perishable food items to your local food bank. You certainly don't want to throw good food away! You might also choose a moving company that partners with Move for Hunger, where you won't have to do anything at all. They'll come to collect and donate the food for you.
6. Pack Smart
Pace yourself and don't burn out trying to do everything at once. Set a goal whether it's a number of boxes per day to pack, a room per day to focus on, or some other doable yet tangible way to pack up your stuff. Skip packing all of your clothes in boxes and instead opt for wardrobe boxes where everything can stay on the hanger—and be moved efficiently and with little effort.
7. Have Enough Moving Supplies
Be as prepared as possible by having the moving supplies you'll need on hand and ready to go. Boxes, check. Packing tape, check. Newspaper and other box fillers, check. Not sure how much and how many of the moving supplies you're going to need and use? Try this Packing Calculator to help you estimate how many boxes and moving supplies you'll need to complete the task.
8. Keep Your Essentials Ready & Waiting
Pack up your essentials and keep them where you can find them whether it's in a bag or a box, as long as you know where it is and can access it when you need it. An essentials bag will make the transition into your new place a lot easier if you have a change of clothes, toilet paper, toiletries, chargers and whatever else you might need that first night as you get settled in.
9. Leave Time to Clean
Make sure you leave enough time to do a quick cleanup of your house before you leave. At the same time, go through all of the rooms, the closets, the attic, the basement and the crawlspaces to double check that you aren't leaving anything behind.
10. Say Your Goodbyes
Saying goodbye isn't always easy but of course you'll want your neighbors, family and friends to be informed of your upcoming move. However you choose to do it—in person, by text, on social media or with a phone call—let them know about your change of address for correspondence purposes for those you intend to keep in touch with.
Letting people know ahead of time might also prompt some much needed help during the moving process whether it's extra moving supplies, a few hours of childcare on the big day, or just an extra hand.
Once you've checked off these items, you're well on your way to a successful and stress-move move. Good luck!
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