Did you know moving can impact your mental health? If you want to learn how to prepare for a move, we can help.
In this guide, we’ll go over tips on preparing for a move.
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Create a Moving List
Before you begin packing, you’ll want to get a notebook. If you’d rather have an electronic copy, create a document on your computer or phone.
You can create your moving checklist and organize your move timeline. Store all your moving paperwork here.
Keep your receipts, contracts, and moving documents together. Gather critical personal and financial documents that relate to your new home.
Keep an Inventory
Take a walk around your home and get an understanding of how much you own and what it will cost to move.
You will need to account for everything you own. Use this list when you hire a moving company.
Moving companies offer insurance options, or you can buy insurance from a third-party.
What’s Your Moving Budget?
Before packing, you’ll also want to decide your moving budget. Include the costs and how much money you’ll need to move and any furniture you need to buy afterward.
Knowing your budget beforehand will help you stay on track with your spending.
Get Packing Supplies
Moving can get expensive, especially if you don’t have the right supplies on hand. You’ll want the correct sized boxes to put your items inside.
Do you have a ton of books or fragile items? Make sure you buy the right sized boxes for your items. Pick up plenty of packing paper, tape, and labels.
If you have a few mattresses to move, you might want to pick up a mattress bag. This way, you can protect them from getting dirty during the move.
Learn How to Pack Difficult Items
Some of your items in your house will be a little more difficult to pack compared to others. You’ll need to wrap your fragile belongings with packing paper.
Make sure you pack your jewelry in plastic wrap. Take pictures of your electronics, so you know what goes where.
Get Rid of Items
If you aren’t a minimalist, you might want to take some time and get rid of items you don’t use. You can prepare your move by going through your home and decluttering.
Do you have duplicates in your kitchen? Consider boxing those items up. You can donate some of your items to a shelter or host a yard sale.
Pack Your Home up in Stages
If you don’t need to move in a hurry, pack your home in stages. You can start by packing up items you don’t use often. For example, pack away your off-season sporting equipment and clothes.
Next, consider packing away some of your paintings, special dishware, and home decor.
The last items should include your essential documents and the things you use daily. If you have pets, set aside their food and beds.
Work With Professionals
Picking a company can feel overwhelming. Ask your network if they have any moving companies they would recommend.
Ask the moving companies a few questions before making your decision. Get estimates from them as well.
When interviewing moving companies, ask to see their licensing information. You can also check online and read their reviews.
What Are the Rules?
Before the movers arrive, you’ll want to know what can’t and can go in the moving truck. What is their insurance coverage?
Make sure you find out how they accept payment for the move.
Update Essential Documents and Subscriptions
Make sure you update your subscriptions and mailing address. Give yourself at least two weeks before the move to complete this task. You don’t want your newspaper and magazines to arrive at your old place.
Update your driver’s license. You’ll also want to renew voter registration information. This way, you’ll have everything organized before the next election.
Get Your Utilities Transferred
When you’re preparing for your move, you’ll want to get things running as soon as you head to your new place.
Water, gas, and electricity, internet and cable, should get updated. Transfer your utilities before you move to make the transition go smooth.
Do you want to keep your cable service or not? Research different services and make some changes if you wish.
Learn more tips if you’re moving to a new state.
Ask Your Friends for Help
Before your move, get time off work so you won’t stress about fitting in the move after your shift.
Ask your family and friends for help. Give them enough time so they can plan around helping with your move.
Even if you work with a moving company, it will help to have friends or family to assist you with unpacking.
Explain to your family and friends that there are labels on your boxes. The labels will explain where the box goes.
Provide supper or drinks for your family and friends. This way, they will feel appreciated for all the work they put into your move.
Now You Know How to Prepare for a Move
We hope this guide on preparing to move was helpful. Make sure you create an inventory and start preparing early. Get utilities transferred as soon as possible.
Now that you know more about how to prepare for a move ask family and friends for help.
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