Moving to a new home carries with it all sorts of emotions, from excitement to overwhelming stress. There’s so much to do, so many things to think about and so much to pack. So we thought we’d help simplify your move with a quick set of 11 tips to help you as you transition from one home to another.
1. Make A List. Check it… Constantly.
A novel concept, to be sure. Feel free to use our tips as a starting place. But we can’t overstate how helpful a list can be. First of all, it can help relieve all those overbearing thoughts in your head—getting them out and on paper is stress relief in itself. Take it a step further and turn your list of to-dos into a calendar with assignments for family members. A list is a great way to keep yourself from forgetting the important things that need to be done in the final stages before you make your move.
2. Schedule Disconnect Times for Utilities
Speaking of forgetting important things, you surely won’t want to be paying for things you aren’t using after you move. So be sure to schedule those dates for your utility companies to shut off electricity and/or gas, cable or satellite, and internet services.
3. Schedule Utilities for Your NEW Home
Nothing is more inconvenient than having to wait for working WiFi in your new home. Except maybe your electricity, but chances are you won’t forget to handle that. Whatever the case, be sure to have all your utility accounts scheduled and ready to go by the time your moving day arrives.
4. Shop Around!
Moving can be a significant expense, so make sure you shop around for the best prices from moving companies in your area. Abba Movers offers a free moving cost calculator on our website. Just fill out our form and you’ll get a quote instantly in your email inbox!
5. Heavy Items -> Small Boxes
This might be the most important item on this list. You don’t want to empty your bookshelf into large cardboard boxes. The weight will be too much to bear—literally. Save your backs, or the backs of your moving crew, and pack your heavier items into smaller boxes.
6. Change Your Address
This can be an easy one to overlook. We recommend changing your address with the United States Postal Service a week before you are scheduled to move to your new home.
7. Label Your Boxes
And label them smartly! Be as descriptive as possible with your box labels. Color code with post-it notes if you have to. And be sure to include not only what is in the boxes, but what room the box is going to in your new home. This can speed up your unpacking process and also help out your moving crew.
8. Rekey Your New Home
This is strictly for safety’s sake. There’s no telling who has a key to a house someone else has lived in for months, years or possibly decades. Rekey all exterior doors on your house once you’re moved in for a little peace of mind.
9. Not All Boxes Are Cardboard Boxes
Don’t limit yourself to packing things in cardboard boxes. Be creative! After all, you have to move your luggage too. And those duffle bags, empty storage bins and Tupperware. Make the most of that empty space and fill those items with appropriate items, like clothes in your suitcases and silverware and bag clips in your Tupperware.
10. Move Smaller, Important Items Yourself
Even if you’re using a moving company, there are certain items you may want to move yourself. If you can drive to your new home rather quickly, consider taking a load of things over the day before your movers are scheduled. Include items like your important documents, toiletries and towels for the bathroom, as well as clothes and pajamas for a day or two. Think about the things you don’t want to be searching for in piles of boxes while you’re exhausted. Having each family member in charge of their own overnight bag is a good start.
11. Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need
A small decluttering session can go a long way. After all, you won’t have to move what you aren’t keeping. As you prepare to pack for moving day, it can help to be particular about what you actually plan to take along with you. For items still in good enough condition for someone else to use, consider donating to local non-profits or domestic abuse shelters. You can schedule donation pickups with local non-profits for larger items, or drop off smaller items yourself. And remember to save those donation receipts. You’ll thank yourself come tax time.