Top Ten Tasks to Make Your Next Move Painless

Sort through your belongings

The last thing you want to do is move a bunch of your things that you end up getting rid of when you get to your new place. If you haven’t wore or used in the past year or two, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Have a yard sale or two, donate things to Goodwill, etc. Cutting down your personal items by 20% will only streamline your move.

Collect information on where you’re headed

Depending on how far away you’re moving, you may need a new driver’s license, registration, etc. Research recreational facilities in the new location (gyms, parks,etc.) as well as emergency services and a good mechanic.

Plan out your set-up in your new place

Get some measurements for your new place and plan out your furniture layout. The last thing you want is to complicate moving day and the few days after that. Getting your big items in the right place the first time can save time and stress.

Notify everyone of your new address

In addition to the USPS, think of companies, friends and family that need your new address. It can be very frustrating to have bill problems when you are getting settled at your new location. Maybe you’ll get a few “welcome” cards as well.

Plan out the moving process

If you have little ones, a baby sitter might be the best bet for the loading and unloading periods. If your new place has an elevator, try reserving it for a period of time to get your things upstairs. Consider where the moving truck is going to park at both places – checking with local codes and parking regulations.

Make sure your records are in order

Keep track of your medical and financial records throughout the moving process. Back-up your computer files in case something goes wrong. If you’re moving with a professional company – take pictures and record all your valuable items that could be damaged. Are you changing banks in the process? Set-up your new account before you move so your paychecks and access to your money isn’t disturbed.

Pack a suitcase to live from during the transition

Just like a trip, have a few changes of clothes, toiletries, some cash, etc. There are many reasons why you may need these items the first night or two in your new place (or the last night in your old residence).

Monitor the packing and unpacking of your belongings

If you are using a company, be present and involved when they are marking and packing everything. Be the “ground guide” at the new place to ensure everything is put where you want it. After they leave, all the manual labor will be up to you.

Keep your cell phone charged and on you at all times

If you don’t have a cell phone, keep your old phone connected on moving day and activate your new one the day before you are arriving. There are numerous reasons you’ll need a phone on those days: moving help is late, need directions, getting food for everyone, etc.

Familiarize yourself with your new surroundings as soon as possible

Identify the closest grocery store, doctor, library, animal care (if applicable), fire/police station, etc. Finding out about local trash/recycling service can also be a big help.

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