27 Sep What to Do When Preparing to Move
If you have a move planned in the next few months, you’re probably overjoyed at the prospect of getting those keys and making your new house a home. We all know that moving isn’t fun but the end result is always worth the hassle. Today, I’ve prepared for you an easy to follow list of do’s and don’ts when its moving day and that happy moment finally arrives.
Begin preparing as soon as possible. Being prepared is synonymous with planning and starting early enough to give yourself enough time to get things done the right way. You may be moving in 3 weeks or 3 months, either way there are things you can do right away to make the process easier, such as organizing your home to make it easier to pack everything up.
Declutter and Purge. The less you have to move, the better. Start in the storage areas of your home – the closets, basement and the garage – and get rid of stuff you haven’t used in the last year or 6 months. Have a garage sale, donate old clothes and toys to charity, or sell unwanted items and furniture online for a bit of extra money that can go towards your new home.
Update your utility accounts and mailing address. Start setting up your new utilities a few weeks ahead of the move; don’t leave it until you’ve already moved in. Also don’t forget to close your current accounts so you are not billed after you move.
Make arrangement for your children and pets. Have a babysitter to take care of the kids while moving. They can help keeping the younger kids busy while the actual move is taking place. Moving with pets can be equally as difficult, so it’s best to have them stay somewhere else during that time.
Procrastinate. Doing that small amount of prep work like organizing and packing will probably take a few days, but on the day of the move you will be happy you did it. The more time you prepare, the easier it will be to move and unpack everything in your new home.
Not ask for help. No one actually likes to move, but a few extra helping hands will make the move that much quicker. The promise of pizza and beer should be enough to entice a few folks to help you out.
Underestimate all your stuff. By preparing and organizing in advance you should be able to easily determine how many boxes and rental trucks you need, but try not to underestimate. A larger truck may cost a little more, but it could save you from making multiple trips.
Forget to pack loose items. The best advice is to pack as much as you can in small light boxes. Loose items such as books can get heavy and are hard to carry. If an item can be boxed, then box it.
If you follow this list of Do’s and Don’ts your moving day is sure to be easy and stress-free.