“I feel like I have forgotten something!” These are words that are often spoken in the middle of a move. Even if not spoken out loud, the nagging feeling of leaving something behind or an errand unfinished will haunt us throughout the day as we try and complete the 101 other things that need to be done during a move. If we really do forget to do something, it will eventually rear its head at the most inopportune time. Maybe you forgot to set up electricity at the new place. You may have neglected to inform the credit companies about your move and the new occupants will receive your bills (they won’t pay them, unfortunately!). It could have slipped your mind that you need someone to watch the children on the big day and now you have to keep them entertained. It could also be dozens of other things. Moving is a complex process with many, many moving parts, making it easy to overlook things. The best thing to do is plan ahead. Here are important things you do not want to miss:
Make a List
About three months before you move, make a list very similar to this one of all the things that need to be taken care of. Make sure to list everything that comes to mind (you can always edit it later). Get it started early so you can add things as time moves on.
Calculate Your Costs
Figure out roughly how much the move is going to cost. Make sure to include start-up costs at the new place. There will always be expenses that pop up or that you weren’t expecting. That’s fine, but by doing early estimates you can get a rough idea of the cost.
Book a Moving Company
Find a good moving company early in the process. Don’t leave it for the last minute. You are entrusting this company with your valuables, so make sure you get a moving company that is licensed, insured, and bonded. Ask for testimonials from previous customers. Do your research. You can start right here .
Credit card companies, banks, utility companies, schools, employers, family, friends….make sure you inform everyone of your new address. It is annoying to have to go back and collect mail at your old place.
The Big Dump
Moving is an excellent time to go through all of your items and decide what you really need and what can be purged. Think about it: if you aren’t using it now, do you really want to lug it over to your new house so you won’t use it there either? Go through everything and decide what you want to keep, what you want to sell, what you want to give away, and what you want to toss out.
Pack What You Aren’t Using Right Now
Winter (or summer clothes), Christmas trees, bikes, sleds… if you aren’t using it now, why not pack it up early? The more you do now, the less you have to do on moving day. If you have early possession of the new house, bring some things over by car a few days before.
Prep Your New Place
Set up the electricity, heat/AC, water, and internet a few days before you arrive. You do not want to have to worry about all that after a tough day of moving.
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