If you’ve ever moved, you already know how important early planning can be when trying to keep your move as stress-free as possible.
However, if you’re gearing up for your first long distance move, you’ll appreciate this list of reminders that will help make your move simple and affordable.
To get started, here are a few tips to work on a few months before your move:
• Get your home primed and ready to be put on the market. If you’re moving, it’s likely that you’re also selling your house. Now is the time to have a leaky faucet fixed, have the carpet cleaned, or repair those missing shingles due to last year’s thunderstorms. Sources like eLocal are great for finding contractors to get the job done correctly and quickly.
• Start your research. Choosing the right moving company will have a big impact on your move. By getting a head start on research, you’ll be armed with all the information you need to make an informed decision. If you’ve received a few quotes, see what previous customers have to say about a company by checking out a few online review sites, like Epinions and Moving Scam. Be sure to verify what services and charges are included in your moving quote so that you won’t have any surprises on moving day. With a ‘you pack, we drive’ service like U-Pack, your moving quote already includes the fuel, taxes, road tolls, and the driver. Early research will also help you stick to your moving budget, and maybe even save a little more than you expected!
• When in doubt, throw it out! In the weeks before your move, you can save quite a bit of time and money by culling out belongings that you no longer need or want. By getting rid of excess, you’ll be able to save on space—that means fewer items to move and a lower price! This could easily become a cumbersome task, so remember to take it slow and clean out one room at a time. By the time moving day arrives, you’ll be ready to pack and load just the things that matter.
• Do a little more research. You’ve already looked into moving companies; now it’s time to scope out your new neighborhood. If you’re not already familiar with the city you’re moving to, now is the perfect time to get to know your soon-to-be surroundings. Visit town websites or request a newcomer’s packet from the local Chamber of Commerce. Not only will this ease your mind, but it can also help kids adjust and even look forward about moving.
• Start packing. I know that ‘a few months before your move’ may sound way too early to start packing, but you’ll be happy that you did. This is a great time to box up off-season items, like holiday decorations or seasonal clothing. Early packing will reduce your workload in the hectic days before you hit the road to your new home.
These are just a few tips to help you get the moving process started. Moving doesn’t have to be stressful, and early preparation may even make moving an exciting event.