Avoid Moving Day Woes by Getting a Jump Start on the Process

By Keith Loria

If it’s been a while since your last move, you probably don’t realize how much stuff you truly own. There’s all your furniture, personal items, kitchenware, clothes, toys, tools, bikes, books and every little thing in your home. Not only does it take time to box up all your belongings properly, you’ll also want to be sure that you have the most reliable movers transporting your stuff.

Here are some things you can do to prepare for a stress-free move:

Eliminate Possessions: Like most people, you probably hold an inordinate amount of knickknacks and other junk that you don’t want to part with, but moving offers the perfect opportunity to do away with items you really don’t need. Start off on the right foot in your new home by eliminating all the stuff you don’t use before you even get to the house. Hold a garage sale, donate to charity or just simply throw it away.

Hire a Reputable Moving Company: Don’t hire a moving company simply because they offer the lowest price. More often than not, movers will charge more than they originally advertised and some aren’t too careful with your possessions. Before you make a final decision, ask friends and relatives—and even your REALTOR®—for recommendations. It’s also important to get a quote in writing and make sure the company is insured before hiring them for your move.

Change Your Address: This is something that people often think about too late. Not only do you want to file a change of address card with your local post office, you also want to make sure all your bills—and any magazines you’re subscribed to—are being sent to your new address. You can take care of many of these items online, or with a quick phone call.

Get Records: If you’re moving to a new city and will be seeing new doctors, make sure to get copies of medical and dental records for everyone in the family, including any pets. Prepare time to get your children’s school records as well.

Miscellaneous: Return any library books you may have and cancel any services that you might get on a weekly or monthly basis (such as a cleaning woman or dog walker).

Follow these guidelines and you’ll eliminate any unnecessary stress from the equation, leaving plenty of time to enjoy your new home.

For more information about preparing for a move, contact our office today.