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The excitement of moving into a new home is understandable, but moving is always a complicated process, especially when you are doing so for the very first time. You are excited about the new journey ahead; you can’t wait to start enjoying the new experiences, new beginning, etc. but getting to your new location and settling down can be a rather long and overwhelming journey without the necessary preparations. 

There’s lots to consider and things to check off your list if you want to make your moving process as stress-free as possible. Without adequate preparation, moving day can be a nightmare.So, are you thinking about relocating long-term? Do you want to make the moving process as smooth as you possibly can? Then consider these important things first. 

How much time do you have to move?

The last thing you want to do is start packing on moving day or even a day before. Depending on how much work you expect to do on moving day or how busy your current daily schedule is, give yourself enough time to start planning and packing – preferably two to three weeks early. That might sound like an awful amount of time to plan and pack, but it is vital if you want the process to be as stress-free as possible. Plus, it will make your moving process a relaxing one, especially if you are a very busy person.

Take the first few days to plan out your moving process, and list down every essential thing you need to do in order of priority. Next, decide if you want to handle the moving process on your own or hire a moving company. If you’re going to handle things yourself, create a schedule that allows you to pack bit by bit, room by room, before the d-day. Doing this will help ensure that not only will you pack with ease, but you’re also less likely to forget anything.

Do you want professional help?

If you choose to go with a professional moving company, take the time to find out the options available to you and how much their services cost. Before you settle for any moving company, be sure you fully understand how much the services will cost you. To learn the cost of your move, you can request free cost quotations or estimates from the company. Do the same for two or more other options and compare the prices. However, be sure you don’t settle for subpar service while chasing low costs. Also, it will be cheaper if you look for companies within your locality.

You can research their backgrounds to ensure that you’re making a good choice. The legitimacy of the moving company is very important. So take the time to read reviews available on all the companies you research about. Before you settle for a particular option, ensure that the company is appropriately insured, licensed as a moving company, and trustworthy. Some moving companies can also do your packing for you. But if you prefer to handle that on your own, then consider the next point. Additionally, you should know the moving company’s non-allowable lists before you opt for their service. For some moving companies, non-allowable items typically include things that you will consider hazardous like pesticides, paints, aerosol cans, cleaning solvents, scuba tanks, etc. 

How best to pack

Begin packing about two to three weeks before your move-in date and ensure you finish a couple of days before moving day. The fewer things you have to pack, the less stressful the packing process will be. Before you start packing, take the time to create a designated zone for your packed items, and ensure that nobody has access to that area, especially if you don’t live alone. If you don’t have enough room in your home to use as a designated zone, you can opt to move your packed boxes to a quick self-storage solution that is secure and affordable. You can visit website pages for local self-storage options available near you.

Next, acquire packing boxes, dedicate each box to particular items and label them appropriately. When packing, start with the items you do not need immediately, for example, your picture frames and clothes you don’t expect to wear anytime soon. The last thing you want is to keep reponing your packed boxes to access its content. You can make a “do not pack” list to remind you of things to leave out of your packing for the moment. Also, when packing, go room by room, starting from the least used rooms or areas in your home. 

Consider canceling subscriptions and sending notices

If you have subscribed to certain services that require your current location, now will be time to unsubscribe or send early notice of your change of location. If your subscription comes with billing or services charges, the earlier you send notices or cancel those subscriptions, the better. The reason is that most paid subscriptions will require at least 24 hours to cancel. So make sure you send a prior notice. You might also want to inform your workplace and local postal service of your location change. You don’t want to give your neighbors the responsibility of receiving your emails and resending them to your new location after you have moved. 

And speaking of neighbors, it’s not a bad idea to inform them of your move as early as possible. Of course, this is totally based on your discretion and how your relationship with them is. But you should do your best to let your friends, family, and loved ones know that you plan to move, where your new location is, and when you expect to move. After sending out all the required significant notices, you should update your address. Your address is linked to different aspects of your life – from your insurance covers and your credit cards to your checkbooks and favorite tv shows. 

Consider transferring your utilities

It is important to contact your utility providers a couple of weeks before your moving day to let them know about your change of location. Whether you choose to speak with them on phone or visit their office, ensure that you schedule a disconnection and reconnection date with them if you’re not moving out of their service jurisdiction. If their services do not cover your new location, be sure to contact the appropriate service provider to have your essential utilities available before you move in. Few things will make your first night in your new home more frustrating than sleeping in darkness, without running water or air conditioning. 

Consider your move date

If you’re planning to make your move as inexpensive as possible, consider moving during midweek or mid-month when hiring your moving truck. That is because these periods are usually less busy, and you’re more likely to spend less. Moving during peak periods or rush hours will likely attract higher service rates. For example, periods from late November to January are usually peak moving seasons, and rates are typically higher during such times. You will have a better chance to save more money if you choose to move between October and April, as demand is usually at its lowest during this period. 

Take photographs of all your valuable items

Even if you opt for the services of a professional moving company with a proven track record, you will feel nervous about the moving process if you have a lot of valuable items. So, make the process less nerve-racking by taking the necessary precautionary measures before you move. Take photos of all your valuable items as a form of damage control mechanism. This form of inventory should cover anything that is expensive but fragile – from your TV set to your computers and priced antique possessions. By taking pictures of all these items, you have all the proof you need of their original state should any unexpected damage happen during the moving process. Always remember that no matter how experienced your moving company is, accidents can always happen.

Make time to clean your new home

It would be best if you did a thorough clean-up in your new home before moving in – that is, if you’re moving in after a previous occupant. How much cleaning you will have to do will depend on the state of the place. You can opt for a professional cleaning service if you think there’s too much to do on your own, or you don’t have the time. That is why it is essential to visit your new location to ensure that everything is in order before moving in. 

While there, also make sure that you inspect the place to find out if you might need to do some repair work (something you should do even before purchasing or renting the place). Take the time to check if you have running water, power, etc. And if you’re not the first occupant, it would be best if you had the old door locks and keys changed for safety reasons. Back to cleaning, you should also do your best to leave your old place in pristine condition for the next occupant. 

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