Moving to a new home takes ample preparation. After all, going ahead without taking the proper steps can result to a stressful experience. Here are a couple of things you should do to make sure everything is smooth come moving day.
- Begin changing your address.
If you’re signed up for several mailing services and utilities, it’s best to start transferring your address a few weeks ahead of moving day. This is especially true for your utilities such as electricity, phone, and Internet– you’ll want these set up and ready in your new home the day of your move. Most of all, don’t forget to change your billing address.
- Stock up on packing supplies early.
Moving boxes and other supplies can be quite costly, especially if you have a lot of items to pack. Go ahead and find cheaper alternatives weeks before your move.
One way to score inexpensive boxes is to get in touch with furniture stores, where you can find used boxes in great shape and in a variety of sizes. By doing so, you’ll also be recycling and lessening your carbon footprint. It’s a win-win situation.
- Take measurements.
Get a tape measure and start measuring your appliances and furniture. Then, go to your new home and measure the space. One thing you want to make sure of before you move is that all of your stuff fit in your new home. By taking measurements, you’ll also be able to determine which items you’re bringing with you and which ones you should let go.
- Search for a moving truck.
A moving truck can be of incredible help during your move, especially if your new home is located a considerable distance from your old one. Get quotes early to compare prices and packages. Doing so will allow you to rent a truck in advance.
- Pack an overnight bag.
Unless you’re super efficient, odds are you won’t be able to unpack all of your stuff on your first day in your new home. To help you get settled, pack an overnight bag beforehand. Your toiletries, some underwear, and change of clothes, medicine, food, and water should be in this bag.
If you’re moving with a pet, don’t forget to pack an overnight bag for it as well. Include food, some treats, and toys that will help your pet ease into its new home.
- Sort your stuff.
Moving to a new home is also a great opportunity to let go of stuff you don’t use or need anymore. Sort through your stuff and identify the items you want to sell or donate to charity.
For the objects you want to sell, hold a garage sale! You can add your profits to your moving fund, which can help pay for packing supplies and even truck rental.
- Pack accordingly and label boxes.
One great way to pack your stuff is to pack by room. It will make unpacking much easier and organized. Of course, don’t forget to label the boxes accordingly so you won’t have to move them constantly.
Once you’re all packed and your boxes are labeled, don’t wait for moving day to transfer everything. Start taking boxes to your new home and unpack if you have spare time. Good luck!