How to Prepare for Your Household Move

Preparing for your household move will help it progress more smoothly. The preparation will also help relieve much of your stress and anxiety.

Here are some tips on preparing for moving day.

Start a File or Binder

The first step is to buy a binder or start a ‚Äúrelocation file” on your computer. You’ll use the file or binder to keep all your planning materials and documents associated with the move and your new home.

Create a Plan

Moving is a project; like all projects, it will happen more smoothly if you develop a plan. So, start with a preliminary plan and fill in the details as you go through the process.

The first part of the plan will detail what you must do to your current home to prepare for the move. For example, include decluttering or making minor repairs in your plan. 

The next part of your plan should consider the logistics of the move. The final part lists what you must do to prepare your new home for move-in. An overall budget is also part of your plan.

Prepare a Checklist

Turn your plan into a checklist with due dates to hold you accountable. If you need ideas, you can consult checklists on the Internet.

Make Important Decisions

You’ll need to make some decisions as you develop your plan and checklist. For example, you’ll want to decide whether to pack yourself or leave the packing to the professionals. Having your mover pack will save you time and stress.

If you are moving a long distance, another decision is whether you will drive your car or have it shipped. Again, you’ll want to decide this before you choose a mover. Some movers offer this service either themselves or through a partnership with a vehicle shipping broker.

Acquire the Right Supplies

If you decide to pack yourself, you must find a supply of good quality moving boxes, packing tape and materials, and permanent markers. Avoid using containers unsuitable for moving, such as trash bags or weak boxes. 

Declutter

Moving is a great time to eliminate all those items you haven’t used in years. Indeed, you will save money because movers charge more if you have more stuff. As far ahead of the move as possible, sort and discard, sell, or give away unwanted items.

Transfer Utilities

Be sure to have the utilities cut off in your old home and started in your new home. You want to avoid moving into a home with no heat or lights.

Choose a Mover

Research and interview professional movers. Be sure you understand the quote they provide, especially whether it is a binding or nonbinding estimate. Then, choose the mover, reserve your dates, and pay the deposit.

Read the documents carefully to know what to expect on your moving day. Also, be sure you understand the items the mover will not move for safety reasons. A professional mover can help you with all the preparations for your move. Contact us today.

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