The Ultimate Checklist When Moving Home
Let’s face it, moving is a stressful and complex process. Everybody can say the same, even the most organized person in the world. Why is that? Well, because there are a lot of tasks that need to be finished before the moving day arrives – finding a new home, selling the previous one, hiring removal companies, decluttering, packing, dealing with paperwork, saying goodbye to friends and family, adjusting to the cultural shock of your new place, etc. All these things take up a lot of our time, energy and money. That is why we tend to lose our focus and our ‘cool’. But, do not worry, with our ultimate moving checklist, you will be able to stay organized every step of the way. Thus, if you need that kind of help, keep on reading.
Prepare Your Family For the Move (Mentally)
The sooner you start talking about the move, the better. Especially if you have children. Moving is not tough only for adults, it is usually the little ones who need to be prepared the most. Thus, have a family meeting and discuss the reason for this move. However, when you do, try to focus more on the positive aspects – a better place to live, more new friends, etc. Try to get them excited. For instance, you can do fun moving projects with your children like packing toys together, allowing them to pick their own wall color in the new home, learning about your new community, or even organizing a ‘goodbye party’. All these things will not only make them excited but also help them forget all their fears they have about moving. And, if your kids are happy and mentally prepared, half of your job is done!
Hire a Moving Agency
Assuming that you have already worked on increasing the value of your home, sold it for the best possible price, and found your new home, now is the time to find a moving agency. Again, the sooner the better. And, why is that? Well, the sooner you start looking for a moving agency, the more options and time you will have to really pick the one that suits your needs and budget the most.
Of course, you can save money and have a DIY kind of move too. But, in that case, you will have to worry about finding the right kind of packing materials, knowing how to safely prepare and pack all your household belongings, deal with all the heavy lifting when loading and unloading the moving truck, and a lot more moving-related things. So, if you want to avoid all of this and make your moving checklist a lot shorter, simply hire a moving agency. Do it ahead of time, and you will be able to get a lot of discounts for early booking and thus save some money.
Take Care of Logistical Matters
Taking care of logistical matters, that is, gathering all the documents, is probably one of the most humdrum parts of any relocation. Thus, try to finish this task early so it does not distract you from other moving tasks later on. Trust us, running to your child’s school during all the hustle and bustle of the moving day is a nightmare waiting to happen. So, here is some paperwork you should definitely start gathering the moment you decide to move:
If you own your house, gather everything necessary for selling it;
If you rent, notify your landlord and sign all the necessary documentation;
Get medical and dental records ;
If you own a pet, get its medical history too;
Find a new doctor, dentist, pharmacist, vet, etc.
Complete a change of address form;
Transfer your utilities;
Change social security address;
Cancel subscription services;
If you have kids, get all the necessary documents for transferring schools.
Organize Your Stuff
This is another tiresome task that has to be finished before the relocation. Actually, this task should be at the beginning of your moving checklist. And, why is that? Because, decluttering and sorting out all of your belongings after the move will be a big waste of time, energy and money. Just think about it – you will spend so much of the previously mentioned time, energy and money on preparing everything you own for the move, just to realize that you did not even need half of that stuff.
Thus, a couple of weeks before your scheduled moving day, try to declutter as much as you can. When it comes to the furniture, get rid of everything that can not fit into your new home or that already exists there (look at the blueprints and measurements for guidance). And, when it comes to your clothing and all home stuff you own – make a selection. Keep only the things you use every day or things that are expensive and valuable to you. Everything else you can donate, sell or throw away (if useless). These downsizing tips can be of key importance, especially if you are moving to a smaller property.
Pack an Essentials Bag
Packing an essentials bag should be on everybody’s moving checklist. But, still, people tend to forget about it. That is why we are here, to remind you. So, a couple of days before the actual moving day, start preparing your essentials bag. In it, place all the necessary documentation, electronics (do not forget chargers), an extra set of clothing and shoes for each person moving, medications, toys and books (if you are moving with children), and enough food, drinks and snacks for the entire moving day. Of course, you should pack the food last, just before you hit the road, but have a plan in your head about what food items you need to buy and prepare prior to the move. If possible, prepare food for the next day too. It will really come in handy if the trip is long and if your kitchen remains unpacked.