Most know the thrill and excitement that comes with moving into a new home. But, those moving also know the stress that comes with packing up boxes and saying goodbye.
With so many things to remember when moving, keeping a checklist will help you stay organized. A detailed list should include everything from disconnecting your internet and utilities to making sure you have plenty of help for the moving day
Learn more useful tips for an easier, less stressful move
1. Create a Packing Calendar
Organize your move efficiently by developing, then adhering to, a packing calendar. Identify what needs to be moved, then identify reasonable deadlines to complete each packing task.
2. Sort Through Your Things Early
A fantastic way to make packing and moving easier is to downsize your belongings.
Many people don’t realize the number of things they own but don’t use. Therefore, when moving day comes, they have an overwhelming amount of unneeded stuff to bring to the new house.
Avoid this dilemma. Sort through your household items as soon as you know you are moving. Tackle one room at a time by dividing things into three categories: keep, donate and discard.
Take the items you no longer need to a center nearby donation center or make arrangements to sell or give them away online.
3. Start Packing Well in Advance
Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing. Start at least a month before the move.
Start with the largest rooms in your home. Pack everything you won’t need in the next several weeks. This includes seasonal items, home decor, books, and anything you’re not using.
4. Make a List for Every Room
Make a list of things for every room in the house. As you pack your boxes, make a note of all the items for that particular box. Then, tape up the box and label it appropriately.
If you’re packing your child’s rooms, write the child’s name as well as the general contents of the box.
When you unpack at your new home, use this list to confirm that all the items are there.
5. Pack an Essentials Box for Moving Day
Your personalized essentials box should contain everything you need during the last few days in your old home, the trip to your new home, and the first several days in your new residence.
Include things like pajamas, a change of clothes, toiletries, medications, towels, soap, and electronics chargers. If you have small kids, include a few of their favorite toys, and if you have pets include some food, water bowls, and leash.
A small tool kit, snacks, and water bottles will also come in handy. You won’t want to waste time combing through boxes at your new home to find what you need.
6. Touch Base With Your Moving Company
Check in with your movers a few days before your scheduled move. Moving days are chaotic, and with so many people hurrying around, you need to make sure your movers are on schedule.
7. Secure Special Help for Moving Day
Make sure you have help lined up for moving day. Arrange for someone to watch over your kids and pets to keep them safe and out of harm’s way.
8. Change Your Address
Remember to report your change of address to important institutions.
Notify your utility, phone, and internet companies, as well as banks, schools and medical professionals about your address change.
Inform the USPS about your new address, so mail is forwarded to your new home. Also, cancel or redirect magazine subscriptions or monthly deliveries.
9. Complete a Final Check
Before you leave your empty house, make a final check.
Write down final meter readings for your water, gas, and electricity. Reinspect each room to make sure everything is cleared out. Double check that the windows are locked and faucets and appliances are turned off.
Make sure you check outside too. Give the garage and shed a final look as well.
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