What to remember when moving?

There are so many factors to consider, tasks to complete, details to organize, and myriad other more or less important things to take care of when planning a residential move that you may feel totally overwhelmed and uncertain as to whether you’ll manage to cope with it all. No need to panic though – given the magnitude of the relocation process it is quite normal to feel a little nervous and unconfident when preparing for an upcoming relocation. It is even normal to make some mistakes and forget a thing or two. Nevertheless, it will still turn out just fine in the end, as long as you remember the really important things and avoid critical blunders.

So, what to remember when moving house? Here are all the fundamental essentials of a trouble-free relocation plus some clever tricks that will help you ensure the final success of your moving adventure:

  1. Make a moving budget. There is no better way to plan your finances and keep track of your expenses than to set up a reliable moving budget. You need to know how much each stage of the relocation process is going to cost you and how much you can afford to spend – otherwise, you may easily make a costly moving mistake.
  2. Request in-house estimates. Finding an affordable and trustworthy moving company to work with is the main prerequisite for a successful relocation. In order to find the highest quality services that fit within your budget, you need to compare the rates and conditions offered by different moving companies. So, make sure you get several moving quotes and study them carefully to be able to make an informed decision for your move. Have in mind though that quotes given over the phone or online are often inaccurate, so you’re strongly advised to request an in-house survey of your possessions in order to receive a precise estimate of your final moving costs.
  3. Research your chosen company well. One of the most important things to remember when moving is to do a background check on your chosen movers to make sure you’re dealing with licensed, honest and reliable professionals who will handle your move in a safe and efficient manner. Verify the company’s USDOT number, check its complaint history, read online moving reviews and watch out for red flags of moving fraud.
  4. Make a floor plan of your new home. Get accurate measurements of the rooms, doors, hallways, etc. in your new home and create an accurate floor plan to find out which of your old furniture, appliances and other large household items will fit in (needless to say, you should not take to your new home anything that doesn’t work well in the available space).
  5. Start getting rid of unwanted items well before moving day. Make sure you sort out your possessions and decide their fate as early before moving day as possible – you’re going to need plenty of time to organize the sale of your no-longer items, freecycle them, or find the right people or charities to donate them to. The sooner you start, the more profit you’re going to make and the better new purpose you’re going to find for your old belongings.
  6. Create an inventory. A detailed moving inventory will not only help you keep better track of your items, but will also serve as a proof before the moving company should any of your items get lost or damaged while in the movers’ custody (a moving inventory contains a list of all the items entrusted to the movers, as well as a statement of the current condition and estimated value of every single article).
  7. Take a lot of pictures. Photos of your old home will, of course, help you preserve nostalgic memories of your old life. But they have a more practical use as well – they can help you reassemble furniture pieces, reconnect electronic wiring, arrange your new place in the same way as your old house, etc. Furthermore, they can provide indisputable evidence of the condition of your items should a conflict arise between you and your movers.
  8. Keep small parts and auxiliary parts together with the items they belong to. When you disassemble large furniture pieces and disconnect the electronics, it’s easy to mix or even to lose any small parts and/or cables. To avoid such mishaps, you’re strongly recommended to pack all the pieces of a certain furniture item together, put all small hardware parts in a sealable bag and attach it to the corresponding item, and pack cables together with the electronic equipment they belong to.
  9. Get some extra packing supplies. Make sure you have enough quality packing materials to ensure the safety of your items – especially fragile and valuable ones. Have in mind that you’ll probably need more packing supplies than you think and provide some extra cushioning and wrapping materials and a few spare boxes, just in case (you may need to repack some items for safety reasons, or you may decide to pack an article you intended to leave behind, etc.)
  10. Box up everything you can. Moving boxes provide the easiest, safest, and most convenient way of packing household goods for shipment. So, it’s highly recommendable to pack in boxes everything that can go into a box (bags tear up easily and do not provide good enough protection). Just make sure you pack the cartons the right way and avoid using boxes that are too large (smaller containers are much safer and easier to carry around and secure in the moving truck).
  11. Label your items well. Don’t forget to label all boxes with their contents and destination rooms, as well as with all the necessary handling instructions. Proper labeling will help prevent damage to your belongings and will considerably speed up the unpacking process.
  12. Pack an essentials box. It will be a life-saver in the first couple of days after your move – you’ll have access to fresh clothes, personal care items, bathroom essentials, bedding, and some basic food-preparation and food-serving utensils, even if you arrive in your new home before the movers. And even if you receive your shipment the day you move in, you’ll probably not have enough time and energy to start unpacking right away, so your essentials box will come really handy.
  13. Get adequate insurance. The basic liability coverage you get for free when hiring professional moving services will only compensate you at a rate of 60 cents per pound per damaged item. Therefore, you’re strongly recommended to consider other insurance options and get full value protection or third party insurance, especially if you have delicate and valuable possessions.
  14. Use up perishable food. Stop buying groceries about a week or two before the move, so that you have enough time to consume all the food in your fridge and pantry. The movers won’t take perishable food, so unless you’ve used it up until moving day, you’ll have to give it away to neighbors and/or food banks.
  15. Notify people you’re moving. You have to contact your bank, your kids’ school, your doctor and your vet, your membership clubs and all other organizations you’re involved with and notify them of your upcoming relocation. You need to inform your landlord (if any) about your moving date about a month earlier. Needless to say, you’ll want to spread the news among your friends and family. It is also a good idea to tell your neighbors your moving date, so that they know when there will be large moving trucks around. Some of your neighbors and friends may even offer their help on Moving day if they know the date in advance.
  16. Change your address. Change your address with the postal services shortly before the move, so that the change comes into effect by the time you actually move to your new place. It is advisable to ask the new residents of your former home to forward any mail that comes for you at the old address (and leave them some money to cover the forwarding expenses), to make sure that you’re going to receive all your correspondence during this transitional period.
  17. Organize your documents. Make sure you take all your important documents with you when moving house – personal documents, moving documents, financial papers, deeds, medical records, school records, certificates, etc. Sort out your papers, pack them safely and keep them with you as you may need them at any given moment during the relocation process or immediately after the move.
  18. Switch utilities. Get in touch with the service providers in both your old area and your new one and schedule the utilities in your old home to be turned off on the day of your move (or the day after) and the ones in your new property to be connected one day prior to move-in day.
  19. Say your goodbyes. Find the time to get together with your dear friends and enjoy your favorite activities side by side once again. Visit your favorite places one last time and remember all the happy moments or important events you experienced there. Say goodbye to your old home and your old life and get ready to start afresh.
  20. Discover your new world and open your heart for the amazing adventures that await you there!

 

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