If you’ve never moved to a new home before, it can be incredibly stressful and complicated. There is a lot that needs to be done, and it often feels like you have got too much to do in the time that you have. However, as long as you’re prepared and have a plan in place, you will be able to get everything done. Here is a step by step guide to help you out when you next move.
Hire A Moving Company
The first thing that you should do after deciding to move is to consider hiring a local moving company. The earlier you book, the cheaper it tends to be, so it pays to be organized. You’ll also feel a lot calmer, in general, knowing that such an important aspect of moving is booked and out of the way.
Book Time Off Work
It’s highly likely that you will need to book time off work when you move so that you have enough time to make visits to the new property and pack up your home. The sooner you do this, the more chance that you have of your request being accepted. If you’re moving far away, you may even need to quit your job, so you will want to give as much notice as possible for that too.
Make Home Improvements
Both your new property and your current property may need some work done to them before you can move, such as painting the walls or putting down new flooring. These home improvements should be completed asap so that you don’t have to stress about them right before you move.
Let Your Providers Know
If you let your gas, electricity, water, phone, television and internet providers know that you’re moving as soon as you can, you are sure to have these things set up in your new home the day that you move in.
Moving to a new home is the perfect time to get rid of the rubbish lying around your home that you don’t need or use. Be thorough when going through clothing and decor.
Get Packing Materials
Unless you’re hiring a company to pack up your house for you, you will need to get some packing materials. These can get pretty expensive, so see if any friends or family have any lying around, so you don’t have to buy them. Also check classifieds, because many people give away their packing materials after they have moved.
You should start packing things that you don’t use very often, like your Christmas decorations or gardening tools a couple of weeks before you move. Start packing items in the basement, attic and garage. You should be able to make quite a bit of headway in your packing by doing this.
Redirect Your Mail
Make sure that you contact the post office and any subscription services about your move so that you don’t end up losing any mail when you move. Do this in advance, so you do not end up with mail that can not be delivered.
Pack Everything Else
Pack room by room, labelling up your boxes, so that you don’t lose anything, or get confused on moving day. Marking the boxes will help at the end of the journey also, because you will know which room they need o go to, without digging in each box.
All that is left to do now is move into your new home, which needs an entire guide of it’s own. It’s said that moving is almost as stressful as divorce, but I hope that this guide will help you to remain calm when you move.