Planning Checklist For Moving
– Planning a move can be stressful and overwhelming to say the least. Whether it’s a move across town or to a different state, the key to a smooth move into a new place to call home is planning, preparation and organization. Your to-do list may be a mile long from sourcing moving boxes to turning utilities off/on and updating all of the necessary paperwork for address changes. If you have kids and pets to throw into the equation, then the move just gets a whole lot more complicated. Everything from new schools, medical providers, a veterinarian and the list goes on. Below are nine tried and true tips for planning a move to your new home.
1. Packing Supplies. These can range from free to a large fee per box. A good rule of thumb is to estimate how many boxes and tape that you think that you will need then multiply that number by 20 percent. Begin visiting your local department and appliance stores to see about getting boxes and packing paper for free. If you choose to pay for boxes, then compare prices at your local box stores, moving companies, office supply companies and home improvement centers.
2. Who Will Move You? Decide whether or not you will be hiring the assistance of professional movers. If this is to be the case, then make sure to obtain quotes from a few different companies and also inquire about movers insurance to protect your valuables in the move.
3. Purge, Purge, Purge! Before throwing all of your belongings into boxes, consider what you need versus don’t need. You can donate unwanted items to a good charity and write off the donation. Or, you could plan to have a garage sale and raise a little extra cash for decorating your new home.
4. Consider Doing Repairs And/Or Renovations Before Moving In. A great way to make changes happen is to do any renovations and repairs before you move in. It makes it easier to do without living in the space yet and having to move furniture and other items around.
5. Update Contact Information. Not only do you need to set up utilities at your new home, but also alert family, friends and creditors of your new address. In addition, you will need to visit the Post Office or go online to get your mail forwarded. And, last but not least, on the checklist of updating contact information is changing your driver’s license and vehicle registration.
6. Organize Your Move. Try to keep all necessary move documentation in one convenient folder so that you may find everything easily. Everything from utility information, contracts, inspection reports, etc. should be kept in a safe location.
7. Layout Where Everything Will Go. It’s important to envision where all of your furniture and belongings will be placed in your new home. This will make moving day much easier if you have a plan where to put the sofa, how to position the bed in the room, etc.
8. Conduct A Walkthrough. Whether renting or buying, it is critical to plan a walkthrough of the new home. Inspect all faucets (and under the sink), light switches, etc. to ensure that everything is in working order. If you had a home inspection report prepared for the purchase of your new home, then the inspection of water faucets, switches and outlets isn’t as critical (but still important nonetheless).
9. Moving Day! Before you know it, moving day will be upon you. It is important to ensure that you have all utilities lined up to be connected at your new place as well as disconnecting services at your old location. Of course, no move goes 100% smooth so be prepared for some bumps in the road along the way. But, in the end, you will have a new place to call home and many new memories to be made.
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