Moving into your new home is one of the most significant projects you'll take on. However, it can be both exciting and intimidating. Packing is an important step and creating a moving checklist can boost your confidence and help you transition into your new home. Here are some recommendations on remaining organized as you prepare for the move.
Hire a moving company. Professional movers will simplify the process immensely. There are many factors to consider when hiring a moving company. Look up online reviews to learn more about the company you're considering. Check out moving.com to read others' experiences with a mover you're considering. Your mover should be reputable, licensed, and insured so that they are legally bound to protect your property. Doing your research and weighing these variables will help you hire a reputable moving company.
Pack boxes. Before getting started on this process, create a packing timeline. You should pack non-essential items first and essential items last. Color coding and labeling each box with colorful markers will also help you remain organized. Secure fragile items with packing paper, bubble wrap, and packing tape. Set aside an essential bag with toiletries and important documents you can safely transport on moving day.
Make arrangements for furry friends. Unforeseen circumstances on the move-in day can be stressful. Consider getting a family member, friend, or hired help to watch your pet while completing your move. This will help avoid travel trauma for both you and your pet. You'll have peace of mind that comes from knowing that your pet is safe and cared for by someone you can trust.
Clean all empty rooms. Cleaning your old home for the next occupants is in order. Remove all the screws in the wall and dust everything, including the ceiling fixtures. Clean all the empty rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, and appliances throughout the house. Don't forget to vacuum and remove all the carpet stains. You may even consider hiring a professional house cleaner for the job.
Update your address. Make sure you notify the right people and places about your move. Notify the post office, your employer, loan providers, tax agencies, the bank, utility service company, friends, and family. Doing so early will avoid missed bills or service lapses due to missing mail.
Set up utility services. Create a utility checklist and contact service providers to arrange service shut down dates for your current home and start dates for your new home. The list includes electricity, gas, water, internet, telephone, cable television, security systems, and, in some areas, trash collection.
Once you've made it through your checklist, plan a moving party and invite all your family and friends to help you move. The moving process doesn't have to be as stressful as it seems. With a checklist, you can remain organized and calm as your moving day draws near.