Must Read Tips to Make Moving Easier
Must Read Tips to Make Moving Easier
Having a successful move means taking care of the details, one by one. If you break the process down into steps and arrange your time accordingly, you can make it manageable.
Moving day is approaching fast. You've signed the stacks of papers, dotted all the 'i's and crossed all the 't's and now you own a new home and have almost reached the end of your journey. However, when faced with the daunting task of moving, it can seem as though the journey has just begun.
Moving can be a time-consuming and stressful experience if you let yourself be overwhelmed by it. But keep in mind that a successful move means taking care of the details, one at a time. Breaking the process down into smaller steps and arranging your time accordingly can make the moving process quite manageable. Below is a checklist to help you make sure you're covering all the bases, and to help you achieve a successful move!
- 1. Household
- Arrange to have mail forwarded to your new address.
- Forward or stop all deliveries to your old home, and forward or cancel newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
- Discontinue or transfer utility, cable, and phone accounts.
- Schedule an appointment to have utilities connected at your new home.
- Cancel pre-authorized bill payments.
- Start going through all the closets and discard unnecessary items.
- 2. Packing
- Plan your packing before you start packing! Begin by buying suitable containers, or reusing any you stored after your last move. Most moving companies have specialized containers you can buy. And talk to friends or family members who moved recently-they may have boxes they'd love to get rid of. You'll need the following: small boxes for heavy items (books, tools, etc.); large boxes for bulky items (bedding, stuffed toys, etc.); medium boxes for bulky but less heavy items (towels, small appliances, etc.).
- Begin to collect other packing materials you'll need. Decide which items you'll need from the following list:
- ü White paper
- ü Tissue paper
- ü Paper towels
- ü Newspapers
- ü Non-printed paper
- ü Packing tape or twine to seal boxes and containers
- ü Scissors
- ü Labels and stickers (available from your moving company)
- ü Felt markers to label boxes
- Notebook and pen for listing contents
- Set goals and deadlines. For example, aim to pack one room each week.
- Attach a list of contents to each box, and separate and label those to be placed in storage.
- Think about having a garage sale to get rid of excess belongings and, hopefully, pick up a bit of extra cash in the process.
- Begin using up the food in your pantry and freezer, and let the food you already have determine your menus.
- Clean any rugs that you plan to take with you, then roll and wrap them.
- Make special arrangements, if necessary, for moving plants and pets.
- Retrieve personal items-dry cleaning, items in storage, or photos you've dropped off to be developed-from local service providers.
- Service all the appliances you plan to take with you. Note that all gas appliances must be emptied: it is illegal for movers to carry flammable materials.
- Take a complete inventory of all the boxes, and their contents, that you have packed.
- Have your car serviced and tuned up
- 3. Community
- Return library books.
- Clean out your locker at the gym or clubs you belong to, if appropriate.
- Find out how to transfer your children to a new school.
- Return items you've borrowed to the people who loaned them to you, and collect any you've lent.
- Mail or e-mail change of address notices to family members, friends, and business contacts.
- 4. Records
- If necessary, transfer medical and dental records, and fill prescriptions.
- Change the address on your driver's license.
- Change the billing address for credit cards.
- Change the mailing address for your bank statements.
- Leave a record of security codes for new tenants.
- 5. Insurance and Legal Matters
- Visit your lawyer and ensure all documents are signed.
- Notify your insurance company well in advance of the move and ask them to review your policy.
- Transfer insurance to your new home, or acquire new insurance.
- Review your moving company's insurance policy. If it doesn't cover as much as you'd like it to, obtain your own.
- If you are currently renting a house or apartment, give written notice to the landlord.
- Have all keys to your old home delivered to your lawyer or realtor.
We're certain that if you follow the tips in this report, the whole process of moving will be better organized, less stressful, and easier. We have many more reports that can help you make your move easier, as well as reports on a variety of other real estate-related topics, all of which are available to you at no cost.
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