3 Tips for a Smooth Relocation to Your New Home
Do you have a big relocation approaching? Moving into a new home can be challenging, but having a plan can make the process easier.
Some essential tips can help you transition seamlessly and settle into your new space with minimal stress.
1. Create a Moving Plan and Checklist
Prepare your moving plan as soon as you discover that you will be moving. You should include timelines, checklists, and budgets in your moving plan.
Moving is an exceptionally efficient task when you are organized. So, create a checklist that includes everything from getting moving quotes to moving supplies and changing over your utilities. Here are some additional items to have on your list:
Create a moving binder
Develop a room-by-room inventory
Contact movers for quotes
Request time off work
Hold garage sale
Notify doctors and get prescriptions refilled
Research new doctors
Update or cancel memberships
Use up food
Make arrangements for pets and kids on moving day
Arrange for space for moving truck
Keep your relocation organized and on track with a well-crafted moving plan.
2. Sort and Declutter
Moving is an ideal time to go through your belongings and discard items that no longer serve your needs. While packing, you will probably find many things you have collected over the years that you no longer need. You'll have less stuff to pack up and shuttle around on moving day if you get rid of things you no longer need.
This is an excellent opportunity to donate your unwanted items to a charity. Charities such as Cancer Federation and the Salvation Army usually offer a convenient pick-up option. If not, they will have drop-off options available. Let go of the things that no longer serve a purpose for you or your family. Ensure you only pack and take the things you still need to your new home.
3. Change Your Address and Utilities
Changing your address and utilities in advance is vital to make your relocation less stressful. First, change your mailing address with the post office, then notify all the businesses that need your new address, like banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, and the IRS. Finally, let your family and close friends know where you’re moving.
Determine if you can transfer your current utilities to your new home or start with a new provider. Coordinate with the old and new companies to turn off services at your old home the day after moving out and turn on utilities in your new home at least the day before you move in.
Moving is much easier when you have the appropriate utilities up and running.
4. Pack an Essentials Box
The last thing you'll want to do when you get to your new house is dig through all your stuff to find what you need immediately. So, pack a box or two with your essential items. When you reach your new home, you will likely need toilet paper, towels, shampoo, kitchenware, and other necessities. So, label this “Essentials Box.” Keep it separate from the boxes the movers are taking, and if possible, bring this box with you in your own car.
Moving can be frustrating, hectic, and stressful, but planning can make the process easier. Using these tips will make your moving day more manageable. Contact us today for a free quote.