If you're moving, whether it's across the country or just a town or two over, it can be a stressful time. Packing up everything you own and taking it to your new home is a very big job. You may not even realize how much stuff you actually have, but think about the items you have stashed in your attic or basement, or even in your garage - it's a lot more than you think. Before your move, there are other tasks you need to do. See below for tips to make your move go smoothly:
Clean And Organize
About two months before moving you should clean and organize your home. Start going through the rooms of your home and getting rid of items you no longer want or need. Make piles to donate or toss and get them out of your home. Don't take items with you that you no longer want. If you have anything that has sat in boxes from your last move, it's time to get rid of them.
Begin organizing in preparation for your move. Start taking inventory of your belongings, especially if you are going to be hiring a professional moving company. Also, start looking for a moving company if needed. If you are simply looking for a truck, also begin calling companies to book a truck. Ask for references for any company you call and be sure they are licensed and insured.
Gather Moving Containers
A month and a half before your move it's time to start finding moving containers such as totes or boxes. Be sure to invest in new boxes, not used boxes. Ask your moving company about purchasing boxes and other moving accessories to help make your move a little easier - such as mattress bags, glassware boxes, boxes with a clothing rack in it and other helpful moving items.
Slow Down Grocery Shopping
About a month before moving, you'll need to slow down your grocery shopping. You don't want to have to move so much food, so slow down your grocery shopping and begin cleaning out your pantry and refrigerator.
Three to four weeks before the big day you should start packing up your items. Pack up rooms that you don't use every day such as your office, storage areas and other rooms of your home. Start using paper plates and only keep a few dishes in your cupboard so you can pack up the rest of your kitchen.
Label your boxes on all sides and be more specific with your labels than simply writing "kitchen" or "bathroom" on it. This will help you when unpacking and if you happen to need anything - you won't need to open up multiple boxes to find that one item you are looking for.
Change Your Address And Turn On Utilities
Don't forget to change your address, which should be done about three weeks before moving. Change the address with the post office, but also let your creditors know of the address change as well.
Call the phone, cable, electric, and gas company to have service turned on at your new location. You may need appointments for some of these companies, so call at least three weeks ahead of time, so you aren't waiting too long.
Moving is stressful, but if you take your time and perform most of these tasks a few months before the actual move, it can take some of the stress off of you. Hiring a moving company to help you move your belongings will also take some of the stress off of you as well.
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