Preparing a Strategy for a Smooth Move
It’s time to move
Whether you’ve landed a fantastic new job, or you’ve decided to move back home to be near friends and family, no matter what the reason, moving can be stressful. You’ll need help from a reputable mover and you’ll need a good plan to accomplish your move safely and efficiently. We’ve outlined some steps below to help you. With the right plan you’ll soon be settled, with a successful move behind you.
Seek the assistance of a professional mover. Obtain 2 or 3 bids from leading companies that serve the areas involved in your move. Check references and verify in writing that your mover is properly licensed and insured. Most major moving companies will assign a moving coordinator to help you. This person will inform you about the moving process. Ask them for a written moving guide or planner to follow.
Only move necessities
Make an Inventory and evaluate your belongings. Only move items that are most valuable and items that can’t be replaced. Sell or donate items that you don’t need – well in advance of your move. Make a list of people to notify of your move including friends, family, and all parties with which you do business. Settle any outstanding bills with local creditors. Notify all utility companies of your move out date.
Cover all details
Empty safety deposit boxes. Pick up any dry cleaning. Return library books or video rentals. Retrieve local school records, health records and pet records. Make travel arrangements for the day of your move. Give yourself 1-2 days’ cushion to handle any unexpected events. Make sure your car is in good working order if you plan to drive to your new location. Arrange for insurance in your new location.
Purchase moving supplies, including boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape. Start packing at least 4-6 weeks before your move. Pack all items to be moved in sturdy boxes, with even weight distribution and properly bubble wrap all fragile items. Label boxes by room and by name, if more than 1 person in family. Plan ahead to reduce perishable food supply. Donate or give away items that can’t be packed.
Moving into your new residence
Plan ahead to ensure your new residence is clean and ready to move in. Call utility companies at least 1 week in advance. Have your new residence inspected to identify any repairs needed before you move in. Make sure you have adequate help to move in, and adequate time to get settled into your new residence. Provide your forwarding address to the post office and all essential contacts. Rest a few days.