Whether you are moving across the state, across the country or across the world moving is both exciting and hectic. Here are a few tips to help your move go smoothly
Make Your Calendar Your Friend
Keep yourself organized and stress free by setting reminders for everything. Include a reminder when to clean out your refrigerator to when to cancel magazine subscriptions. It will make your moving experience go a lot smoother and stress free.
Consider your calendar your new best friend and check things off or cross them off as you do them.
Become Familiar with Your New Place
There are a variety of ways you can get to know your new place or your new neighborhood without going there.
- Before; you move contact either City Hall or the Chamber of Commerce and get a welcome packet. They may also have websites where you can check out all the places of interest such as parks, recreational areas and information about your community as well as restaurants and where to get your new driver’s license.
- You might also check out about the school districts in the area even if you don’t have kids. This will help you familiarize yourself with your community and learn about current events for the schools.
- Become familiar with the prices of homes in your area even if you’re not buying a home. This again can tell you a lot about the area. You can also search on various real estate websites of realtors in that area.
- While you’re at it do a bit of research about the local dentists, doctors, hospitals and even vets in the area.
About Your Timeline
Some moves take more time to plan than others. For example if you are moving to an apartment it will take you less time to move since you don’t have to sell a home and buy a new one. But nevertheless there are still some items you need to take care of before your move.
- You can contact your post office to get a change of address packet or visit their website and order one online.
- There are also a few things you need to consider before your move. Will my insurance cover my move? Will the rate for my car insurance, renters insurance or homeowner’s insurance change? How long do I have until I need to change my driver’s license or registration? Make a check list of when to notify your utility companies of when to shut off service and your Internet provider of when you are moving. You might also want to ask them if you can continue to use them at your new location. Be sure to add these to your calendar so you aren’t paying for service once you have moved.
- Find out the best way to save money on magazine subscriptions and memberships.
- Remember to return any library books and cancel any newspaper subscriptions.
- Let coworkers, networking associates and other contacts of when you are moving to and when.
- Transfer or close all bank accounts.
- Be sure to fill all your prescriptions and request to have them transferred to a new pharmacy.
- Paperwork and Your Budget
Be sure to include all moving expense in your budget. Save all receipts no matter how small the amount and write it into your checkbook or budget as soon as possible. This way you will know exactly how much you have spent and what you have left in your budget at all times.
Why do you need to save receipts for everything no matter what the amount? You can use every receipt you get when you file your income tax. Be sure to account for all items such as:
- Storage expenses for seasonal items or items you don’t use every day.
- Hotel or motel stays or temporary lodgings.
- Expenses to board your pet
- Car maintenance before your move.
Only Move What You Use
A rule of thumb is if you haven’t used an item in the last six months to a year get rid of it. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of things you haven’t used in a while.
- Have a yard sale or flea market to get rid of items such as toys, clothing, kitchen appliances and various household items. Be sure to have the sale way in advance of moving so you have time to plan and clean up the items.
- Donate items to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or other local organizations.
- Advertise online and in your local newspaper about items you have for sale or are giving away free.
- If you’re moving to a smaller place without a yard donate your mower and other lawn supplies to your neighbor, friend or a relative.
Keep yourself organized and keep it simple.
- Use your calendar to decide how many days it will take you to pack. For some a few hours a day for a week is more than enough time while others need 8 hours a day for several weeks. Whatever amount of time will be best for you remember to be realistic.
- Make it easy on yourself and buy all moving items such as boxes and other packing materials online. Many moving companies have special offers and will send you everything you need at half the price you would pay at a retail store.
- If you find you’ll need extra boxes contact your local storage company. Be sure to ask them if you can sell back any boxes you don’t use.
- You can also check out websites like Craigslist for ads of people selling left over boxes from their move.
- You can save even more money by using items such as suitcases to pack your everyday clothes and towels and washcloths to wrap fragile items.
- Use drawers to pack unbreakable items. Drawers from dressers and desks are perfect for smaller items that won’t break. All you need to do is tape the top of the drawer then quickly remove the tape when you arrive at your new place.
- Create a color code system or mark on each box the contents and the room the box goes into. This will save a lot of time for you and the movers when it’s time to unpack at your new place.
- If you’re moving a refrigerator remember to throw either newspaper or charcoal briquettes into it before the move. This will help to absorb any food odors and your refrigerator will be fresh and ready to use at your new place.
- Pack things you don’t use every day well in advance. But think as your packing to make sure you don’t pack an item you will want to use before you move.
The Day of Your Move
The big day has arrived. Now is the time to supervise the movers to ensure everything goes smoothly. There are a few things you need to remember first.
- Check off the inventory sheet you will receive from the moving company as it comes in the door. Do not sign anything until you know you have received all of your furniture and personal belongings.
- Be sure to indicate any items that have been broken or lost. Again don’t sign anything until this has been noted and acknowledged by the moving company.
- Check for any extra charges that were made that you were unaware of. If you find erroneous charges call the moving company immediately before the movers leave.