Universal moving tips
- It’s really important to know how to manage the financial side of your house move. Have you saved enough money to cover the unavoidable moving expenses? Set up a relocation budget to get a much better idea of how much the local or cross country move will cost you, including any hidden costs you must know about. Monitor closely your moving costs and be quick to respond to any undesirable changes in your moving budget.
- How you organize the time you have until your move-out date is crucial for the success of your moving adventure. To win the battle with time, create a week by week moving checklist where you will have all the jobs neatly arranged, personalized and prioritized. A good moving timeline will not only prevent you from forgetting to complete a critical task, but it will also speed up significantly the entire preparation period. And to make things better, your personal moving calendar will keep your residential move organized and stress-free even after you move into your new home.
- The process of moving house is known to generate plenty of move-related documentation – starting with price estimates, inventory sheets, going through moving company tariffs, and ending with the moving contract and all types of receipts. All those moving papers must be stored in a safe place that is easily accessible at any time – create a moving binder to keep the essential documentation that will accompany the entire relocation.
- It’s fundamental that you know exactly what items you have under your roof, and more importantly – how many of those household items you plan to move to the new home. Inventory your entire home to see the whole picture, and then use the room-by-room inventory list to decide which of your possessions will be worth moving in the first place, and which ones will require special packing needs – a pool table, for example.
- Save BIG by reducing the number of the belongings you intend to take with you. Regardless of whether you’re moving locally or long distance across the country, more things to pack and move will always mean more money out of your pocket – more total weight for long distance moves and longer handling time for local moves.
- And when it comes to taking fewer items with you, you’ve got good options to choose from: 1) organize a moving sale or sell stuff online to pocket some cash too, 2) gift unwanted items to friends and family members, 3) donate still usable items to charitable organizations or people in need, and 4) recycle the things that nobody will ever want and use anymore, including yourself. Think about the available space in your new apartment or house as well.
- If you’re about to move house with a pet, more often a cat or a dog, then don’t forget to take your animal friend to a licensed vet before the move takes place to have them checked out and to request their documentation for registration with another pet specialist upon arriving in the destination city. If your cat or dog seems rather nervous already or you know they will become too stressed out when it’s time to move out, discuss with your veterinarian the possible use of suitable anti-anxiety medications.
- You’ll soon find yourself in a new home, and that new place of yours will have a different address. Are you ready to share that new home address with the world? You can choose to wait until after the move is over to change your address with the USPS with the post office but do consider informing close friends and important institutions about the upcoming address change in advance.
- Cancel any subscriptions you may have to various delivery services simply because soon you won’t be there to get those deliveries. Also, decide what to do with memberships to various clubs, hobby groups, organizations, and so on. Your new life chapter after the relocation will most likely require certain sacrifices to be made.
- Contact your current utility companies and speak with them about disconnecting the utility cervices you’re using right now a few days after the move-out date. Also, get in touch with the utility providers in the new city and arrange for electricity, water, gas, cable TV, phone, Internet to be up and running by the time you are scheduled to move in. The last thing you’d want is to deal with that task the day your shipment has been delivered to the new apartment or house.
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