Moving Checklist – 9 Things to Remember
Moving into a new home or apartment? There are a few basic things you can do early on in the process to make moving day a breeze. Below we’ve listed 9 important things to do when moving.
The easiest way to simplify your move into a new home is reduce the amount of stuff you have to sort, pack, transport, unpack, and organize. Go through your current home room by room and take a long hard look at everything you own. Make a list of what you want to keep and what you’re ready to get rid of.
Depending on how far you’re going, there may be quite a few things in your pantry or refrigerator that aren’t worth moving. Take stock of food that is expiring soon, frozen food, or items that are hard to transport. If you can, try to use these things before your moving date, and avoid repurchasing these items at the grocery store leading up to the big move.
Are you going to pay for a moving company? If so, you’ll want to do some research on different movers in your area, get some quotes, and schedule your moving date ahead of time.
If you’re relying on the good graces of your friends and family, it’s best to start lining up your help as soon as possible. You might also want to consider reserving a moving truck from a local rental company.
You’ll want to get your packing supplies ahead of time. If you can, keep an eye out for free boxes on craigslist or from local businesses. Otherwise you’ll want to purchase boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and markers. It’s also a good idea to get a wardrobe box – folding all of your clothes for a move only to unpack and rehang them in your new home is silly. Save yourself the time and hassle.
If you did a good job at #1 on this list, this part is much easier. Moving day is chaotic enough, do yourself a favor and pack your boxes ahead of time. Start with the items that you won’t need in the days leading up to the move – think out of season clothes, books, decorations, home office, garage etc. Work your way through the house until you get to the essentials – toiletries, your current wardrobe, and the essential kitchen items should come last.
If you’re moving during the week, make sure to get the time off of work. Even if you’re moving on a weekend, you might consider taking off the day after your move so you can get settled into your new home.
Make sure to call your utility companies and let them know you’re moving. In some cases, that will mean canceling service with your existing company and setting up services with a new provider.
Missing important mail after you move can create some real problems, especially when tax season comes. To make sure nothing falls through the cracks, file a change of address with the post office. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve updated your address with your banks, insurance providers, credit card companies, and other major institutions.
Don’t forget to clean your home before you leave! Check the baseboards, corners, behind desks and in cabinets to make sure you do not miss a spot. If you put down a deposit before you moved in, this is where cleaning charges will come out of. To avoid this, clean your home as best as you can to be able to get your deposit fully refunded!