From budgeting for the move to preparing for life in your new home, there’s a never-ending list of things to do when moving to a house for the first time. If you’re in the process of preparing your moving checklist, be sure to include these 21 easy-to-miss steps.
THE LEGITIMACY OF THE MOVING COMPANY
Whatever you do, don't overlook moving company reviews when making your checklist for moving into a house. Before hiring a moving company, be sure to do your homework and choose a mover that is licensed, insured, and trustworthy.
THE NEW HOME'S MEASUREMENTS
Before moving into a new house, don’t forget to take a look at the blueprint of your new home. Measure all interior spaces, as well as your furniture. This way, you'll know what belongings will fit where in your new home. You'll also be able to better direct your movers where to place all your furnishings.
TRANSFERING THE UTILITIES
A few weeks before moving, contact your utility service providers to let them know about your move. While you have them on the phone, go ahead and schedule your disconnect and connect dates for gas and electric. Additionally, you should contact your cable and internet service provider, as well as your security system provider to schedule an installation date after the move.
YOUR MOVE DATE
Want a less expensive move? Choose a mid-week, mid-month moving date when hiring professional movers or renting a moving truck. Also, avoid peak moving season when rates are typically higher. Instead, aim for a move between October and April when demand is lowest.
FORWARDING THE MAIL
Don't forget to forward your snail mail before a move. Otherwise, you could end up missing out on essential bills, letters, and packages. To forward your mail before the move, go to USPS.com and choose the date you wish to begin receiving mail at your new address.
THE MOVING COMPANY'S PROHIBITED ITEMS LIST
Hiring a moving company? Don't overlook their list of items they won't move. These items typically include aerosol cans, paints, pesticides, cleaning solvents, scuba tanks, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, and fertilizer – to name a few. Be sure to check with your moving company for specifics.
LABELING ALL THE BOXES
If you're packing your belongings without labeling the boxes, you're making a huge mistake. All fragile items should be marked as such to avoid becoming damaged while en route. All items should also be labeled according to their corresponding rooms, such as "kitchen," "bathroom," etc.
USING THE RIGHT MOVING SUPPLIES
Using damaged boxes or the wrong boxes is a big mistake when moving. Certain items, such as your television, mirrors, and artwork, may require a specific type of moving box (think: telescope boxes). They also may require professional packing. So before purchasing any moving supplies, visit Moving.com’s box center to find the appropriate boxes for the job.
RESEARCHING THE NEW SCHOOLS
Don’t overlook your new city’s schools. If you have school-age children, be sure to do your research on both the neighborhood’s public and private schools before moving. For school ratings with GreatSchools, check here.
FINDING NEW HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
Don't forget to find new healthcare providers when you move. I suggest first asking your current primary care physician for any recommendations they may have in your new city. If they don't have suggestions, check with your health insurance company to find a doctor that is in your network of providers.
MOVING YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS
Before moving, I suggest researching pharmacies in your new neighborhood or city. You’ll need to contact your current pharmacy to let them know you’re moving. You also may want to take your doctor’s written prescriptions with you. This way, you can bring them to your new pharmacy once you move.
CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS
During a chaotic move, it can be easy to forget to change your billing addresses and subscription addresses. However, unless you want your magazines delivered to the wrong house or your credit cards declined, I recommend changing your address with the USPS as soon as possible.
RESERVING A SELF-STORAGE UNIT
Don't wait until the last minute to book your self-storage unit. If you're downsizing or not ready to toss your items, I recommend researching storage facilities near you. When reserving a self-storage unit, find one that offers top-notch security features, as well as a climate-controlled environment.
RESEARCHING PLANT TRANSPORTATION RULES
If you’re planning on taking your plants with you on the move (and crossing state lines), you’ll need to check with your moving company for specific rules and regulations. Many states regulate which plants are allowed across their borders. For more information on state regulations and plant transportation, check out the National Plant Board’s website.
PACKING AN ESSENTITAL ITEMS BAG
The chances are good that you're not going to want to sift through hundreds of boxes for pajamas and a toothbrush. Make sure you have a box or box labeled OPEN FIRST that has sheets, blankets and towels. Thats every bit as important as your essentials bag for your first night or week in your new home. The suitcase should include a few changes of clothes, PJs, toiletries, pet essentials, baby essentials, and medicine.
CLEANING YOUR OLD HOME
Before you move, don't forget to do one last sweep of your old place. Once you've made sure everything is packed or tossed, you'll need to deep clean your home. This should include vacuuming all floors, cleaning out the fridge and wiping down surfaces.
ORGANIZING ITEMS BEFORE THE MOVE
Before you start packing, I recommend getting your home organized. Any things that won't be necessary for the new home should be set aside for either donating, selling or storage. If you have a slew of belongings that need to be disposed of, trying hosting a garage sale before the move. Having less stuff to move will only make your relocation less stressful and less expensive.
GETTING CASH BEFORE THE MOVE
Planning on tipping your movers? While it's certainly not required, many people choose to tip their movers for a job well done. If tipping, be sure to grab cash before the move.
You will hear varying advice on how much to tip. The difference between a $2,000 full-truck move and a $20,000 full-truck move is likely the distance the moving van travels, not how much time it took to load the vehicle. Basically, if it’s a half-day (4 hours) move, $10 per person is considered appropriate. If it’s a full-day move (8 hours), then $20 is the consensus. If you have a lot of heavy furniture, narrow or winding stairs, a steep lot, etc., you should consider adding to the amount. If the crew works 12 hours to get your belongings packed, figure $40 as fair.
Here's a tip about tips from movers themselves: Don’t give the lump sum to the foreman or driver. Give each worker their tip. First, it shows that you recognize and appreciate their individual efforts. Second, there are some unscrupulous foremen, who will keep the entire amount for themselves.
YOUR PET'S NEEDS
Moving with a pet? Don’t overlook their needs. Be sure to pack a bag or box of pet essentials, as well as a crate if needed. Pet essentials may include pet food, toys, bones, kitty litter, etc.
REGISTEING YOUR VEHICLE
Moving to a new state? You’ll need to get a new driver’s license as soon as possible. You’ll also need to register your vehicle and let your car insurance know about your change in address. My advice is to visit your new city’s DMV website to find rules and deadlines within the first week of your move.
SENDING OUT MOVING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Don't forget to let your friends and family know you've moved! While you can certainly send out an official moving notification through the mail, it may be easiest to email or text all contacts with your new address.
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