Top 5 Tips to Remember When Moving
Congratulations on finding your new home! The negotiations are over, the contracts are signed, and now, it’s time to move. Whether you’ve lived in your current home for 5 years or 15, packing up your entire life for a move can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to make your household move smooth and seamless.
1. Plan and Stay Organized
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. The process of moving to a new home is not exempt from this rule. Avoid unnecessary hiccups during your move by planning ahead and keeping things organized. Prepping will require some effort, but will save you major headaches down the road. To keep track of your finances, store quotes, receipts and records involving your move in one dedicated spot. Before you physically move anything, flesh out the logistics and map out your timeline. With the right preparation, your move will be stress-free and easy.
2. Pack Smart
Packing is one of the most time consuming and debilitating aspects of a move. Something people often forget is what you pack up, you will have to unpack in your new home. Be strategic and label everything! Get rid of the items you no longer need or want. Consider having a garage sale and donate or dispose of the items you aren’t able to sell. You’ll make a little cash and have less to lug to your new home. Once you start packing, be sure to write down exactly what is in your boxes. Keep like items from the same room together. This will prevent the hassle of not knowing where each box belongs later.
3. Vet the Moving Company
Moving to a new home will more than likely require some assistance. If you opt for a moving company, confirm that they are licensed and insured by verifying their Department of Transportation number, also known as a DOT number. You can find the DOT number on the company’s website or on the paperwork the moving company provides you with. You can then verify the company’s license by visiting the FMCSA Official Website and entering in the number. This is a simple but important step to take to prevent mover fraud. To learn more about mover fraud, click here.
4. Switch Your Utilities Over
The little things add up to a lot when it’s time to move and switching over utilities and mail is definitely one of them. As a client of Mark Spain Real Estate, we provide you with a subscription to Updater. Long gone are the days of waiting in line at the post office. If you opt for the old fashion way of transferring accounts to your new home, don’t forget about your utilities! Notify your utility providers of your move a few weeks in advance and update your address. Schedule to have your services shut off at your old place a day or two after your moving date. Likewise, schedule services for your new home to start on your move date or a day prior for a seamless transition.
5. Be a Good Neighbor
Feeling like you’re a part of a new community and neighborhood will take time and effort. When it comes time to move in, be proactive and introduce yourselves to your new neighbors. They are probably just as curious about you as you are of them. It’s best to start off on the right foot since you will be living beside them, after all. Forming a good relationship with your neighbors, in the beginning, will not only help you get acclimated to the area, but you might also gain some new friends. It doesn’t hurt to have someone who will grab your mail when you’re out of town!
By utilizing these tips, with a little effort and forethought, your move will be a breeze so you can focus on settling into your new home.