Moving involves a rollercoaster of emotions. On one hand, you're excited about your new home, new neighborhood, and the experiences that lie ahead. On the other hand, the thought of moving all your belongings can be stressful. You don't realize how many things you have until it is time to move them. However, with proper planning, moving doesn't have to be such a hassle.
It is always a good idea to have a complete checklist to guide you through the moving process. You can use your checklist to make sure that you take care of everything in good time and make the move adventurous rather than stressful. So what should you include on your list?
- Make a list of what to keep and what to get rid of
As you plan for the move, this is the best time to get rid of items you don't need. Take the time to make a list of the must-haves, the maybes, and the unnecessary stuff. This can be even more beneficial when moving to a smaller home.
Prioritizing your items also allows you to handle the important items with more care and attention.
- Purchase packing supplies
Next, identify what packing supplies you will need. Because you already have an idea of the items you will be moving, you can have enough supplies ready that will make packing more efficient.
- Research moving companies
Research moving companies in advance. Compare prices, expertise, and contracts in order to find the best moving company to suit your needs.
You can also have the movers visit your home and take a look at your furniture to determine how the process will go on moving day.
- Close/transfer utility accounts
Find out how to close or transfer your current utility accounts. Determine all of the paperwork that is required, the costs, and how long the process will take. You can plan your move around these dates, so you don't end up moving into a home with no basic utilities.
- Gather important documentation
Make a list of all the critical documents you need to have when moving. This includes your lease/mortgage agreement, medical records, insurance documents, and school documentation if you have kids that will be switching schools.
In addition, begin to update your bank and credit card addresses as you draw closer to moving day. This will allow for a seamless transition of all your financial documentation.
- Confirm if your friends are coming to help
About a week before moving day, confirm if friends you asked for help are still willing to come over to help you move. Reminding your friends in advance can ensure that you avoid any surprises and inconveniences on the actual day.
- Confirm dates with the moving company
Make sure you also confirm the actual moving dates with the moving company a few days before the move.
- Clearly label all boxes
To keep yourself organized on moving day, properly label all the boxes. You can label them by location or by the items they contain. Make sure boxes with fragile items are treated with care and kept aside from others.
With these tips, as well as guidance from your real estate agent, you can ensure your move is as stressless and hassle-free as possible.