Moving to a new home may be the biggest thing you do all year. Like any big task, it helps to break moving down into smaller parts.
One of the first steps you should take is to preplan your household move. Today, I’m going to show you how to get started and optimize the early stages of your move:
Involve your Children Early
If you have kids, then they should be one of the first targets of your preplanning spree. Kids can, understandably, get uncomfortable during a move.
If possible, try to involve your children in the process of picking a new home. Take their suggestions into consideration - even if they won’t ultimately have an impact on your decision. Involve them in the preparing and packing process.
All of these things will help your children adjust to the move, which makes all of the other stages of preplanning significantly easier.
Avoid Waiting Until Summer
Once you’ve decided to move, you shouldn’t wait around too long. Some people decide to move during the winter, and then delay until the busy summer months.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, moving companies can fill up months in advance and hot weather could damage your possessions - or at the very least make your move a lot more uncomfortable.
What to Prepare 1-2 Months Before Moving Day
Is moving day still six to eight weeks away? Don’t avoid preplanning. That moving day will approach faster than you think. Here are some things you can preplan during this time:
-Decide whether you’re going to pack everything yourself or let the movers do it for you (which always costs quite a bit more). If you’re packing things yourself, specify the possessions that need to be packed. Begin tossing out - or selling - items you will not bring to your new home.
-Inspect your new home and decide what you want to keep, and what stuff can be safely thrown out. Is your old bed too small for your new room? Would your dining room set look awful with the kitchen’s paint color? Visit your new home and take measurements. Decide which items you want to keep. This will avoid you having to unnecessarily move things on moving day that you don’t actually need.
-Talk to your moving company to arrange an estimate, if possible. Most moving companies will not provide a precise, binding estimate. However, they’re pretty good at estimating approximately how much your shipment will cost. The final shipment cost will only be known after it’s all loaded up into the truck, at which point the truck will be weighed.
Start Gathering Packing Materials
Some basic packing materials required for your move include:
-A variety of small and large cartons for different-sized possessions in your home
-White paper, tissue paper, paper towels, newspapers, and other moving package filler
-Tape and strong twine or wipe
-Scissors and sharp knives to open containers
-Felt markers and pens to label containers
-Notebook and pen to keep additional notes during the move, like where certain boxes are supposed to go and the directions to your hotel
Gather these items from any local department store. Or, ask friends and relatives if they have any leftover packing supplies from a recent move.
Notify of Impending Address Changes
You’ve probably built up a large network of contacts at your old house. Here are some important places to notify of your impending address change:
-Utility services like electric, gas, and water
-Professional services like your doctor, dentist, account, lawyer, stock broker, real estate agent, and insurance agent
-Government and public offices, like the Social Security Administration and state income tax offices
-Newspaper and magazines to change your subscriptions
-Professional and trade organizations
-Bank cards and credit cards
-Relatives and friends
Contact Services and Utilities Before You Arrive
Why would you wait until moving in to set up your services and utilities? Call all of the following providers and, if possible, arrange to have them connected on or before your date of arrival.
-Cable TV and internet
Get your Car Serviced
Many moving days have been ruined by poorly maintained cars. You obviously don’t want your vehicle to break down when you’re on the highway to your new home.
That’s why it’s important to get your car serviced prior to the move. Check the brakes, get your oil changed, and perform any other tune-up tasks as needed.
Plan your Traveling
If you’re moving across the country, then you need to prepare for your move just like you would prepare for any cross-country trip. That means you need to book hotels, flights, car rentals, and whatever other tools you need to get to your destination safely.
Disconnect Your Utilities on Moving Day
Don’t wait until moving day to disconnect your services. Let your services and utilities providers know well in advance that you’re moving to a new home. Call your electric, gas, water, fuel, cable TV, internet, and any other service provider you use. Tell them that you’ll no longer be using the service after your moving day.
Whether you’re looking for movers in Huntsville or Florence, Lambert Relocation aims to be Alabama’s first choice for all types of moving logistics services. Lambert Relocation has been a family-run business for 90 years and has helped people move around northern Alabama for years and years. From the early stages of pre-planning to the final stages of execution, Lambert Relocation is Alabama’s logistical experts.