Wondering how to plan a move in the most effective way possible? As long as you start a few months ahead, use lists, apps, ask others for help, and give yourself enough time to think everything through, it is highly likely you will not overlook anything important related to your moving day.
To make sure everything falls into place, check out tips for planning your move, as they uncover aspects often forgotten in a hasty process, especially if this is your first time changing homes.
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Services to Include in Your Moving Checklist
One of the first services to consider is a professional mover, and it’s unlikely that you skip this step. However, you should take into account that moving companies offer a wide variety of services and hence their price range is quite broad. To make sure you stay on a budget, first try to see what tasks you can outsource to family members and friends. If you have pets, find an appropriate service that accommodates them; don’t just assume that they will be taken care of by default.
Something that often gets overlooked is making sure your new home has all the necessary utilities, including Wi-Fi. In this day and age, having a strong Internet connection is a must and while it may seem trivial, it can pose quite a challenge if you forget about it.
The fastest way to get things done is to contact your current providers and see if they cover your new location. If so, just ask them to transfer your services to the new address. If not, look up the best services available and pay attention to customer reviews as well, not just prices.
Last but not least you will need to change your address in several places, so take at least a week ahead of moving day to notify all parties involved.
Changing Address Checklist 101
When prepping for a move, the most important services you might want to notify of your upcoming address change are the post office, gas and electricity suppliers, tax agencies, telecommunications providers, your employer, your bank, and Social Security administration.
Once you move into your new home, you may think of other utility providers — like the water department or the garbage company — as well as home or renters’ insurance agencies, loan and insurance providers, and other financial agencies like PayPal or credit unions. You will deal with smaller shopping websites when their time comes, no need to worry about all of them at once.
Of course, you should also notify your friends and family members about the address change, especially if you keep in touch with them through regular mail, as is the case with holiday cards.
Plan Ahead for Future New Home Needs
Besides contracting movers, transferring services, and changing your address with public and private institutions, something else that will prove helpful when moving is selling the things you no longer need. Not only do you save on space and moving costs, but you also earn a little extra that is more than welcome, especially when moving across great distances.
By organizing your moving to-do list ahead of time, you make sure everything is included and won’t be forgotten during such a busy time. This is what makes the difference between a terrible headache and a successful moving experience.