We won’t sugarcoat it: moving is stressful. Some people who move often have the process down to a science, but if you’re not one of them, where do you even start?
If you’re preparing to move to a new house, here’s a helpful residential move checklist to get you started. Plus some added tips for moving ease.
1. Plan Your Moving Day Well
If you want your move to go off without a hitch, don’t choose any random day and call it good. Choose a day when you can take some time off work before and after moving day to prepare and then unpack.
If you want to save money on your move, it’s also a good idea to move during the week. Moving companies cost more on the weekends because those are peak moving days.
Keep in mind that you should also schedule your movers as early as possible. Their schedules can fill up in a hurry so as soon as you know your moving date, contact several different moving companies for quotes and in-home estimates.
2. Set Up Your Utilities with Plenty of Time
Don’t wait until moving day or the day before to transfer the utilities into your name. It’s common for utility companies to require a deposit, a co-signer, or a letter of credit from your last utility company.
Because of the potential extended process, it’s recommended that you begin setting up your utilities and services at least two weeks before your move-in. This gives you plenty of time to resolve any issues that may come up.
3. Start Packing Early
Underestimating the time it takes to pack your items is one of the most common mistakes before a move. If you’re packing fragile items the right way, that alone can take a long time.
You can start weeks or months ahead of time with items you don’t use often. For example, start with the good china that you only use on holidays.
4. Get Label-Happy
As you pack and prepare for your movers, label every box with the room it belongs in at your new home. Clear labels help the movers put everything in place in a hurry. The same applies if you’re moving your own items.
It’s also a good idea to jot down a list of the items in each box. If you need to find something before you’ve unpacked everything, detailed labeling can save you the headache of digging through dozens of boxes.
5. Make It an Adults-Only Affair
Moving is a big moment for your family, and it’s understandable that you’d want to involve your kids. On the actual moving day, though, there are countless safety hazards for small children. Trying to keep them safe also adds one more thing to your already busy day.
Instead, make arrangements for little ones as well as pets to be elsewhere on moving day. The process will be smoother, and you won’t have to worry about their safety.
Preparing to Move the Right Way
Moving doesn’t have to be a hectic, stressful process. If you plan ahead and include these tips in your checklist, you will have a successful move to your new home.
If you’re preparing to move, reach out to our professional movers to discuss how we can help.