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When you make the decision to move, there are many tasks that need to be completed in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. By having a mobile checklist, you can put yourself in a better position to not forget anything that is essential to your success.
When your life gets stressful, it’s easy to overlook something that can put your move and your life in a tailspin. By following our simple moving checklist, you’ll increase your chances of having fewer problems.
Let’s dive into it.
Get your moving boxes as soon as possible
One of the hardest parts of moving is getting rid of the things you don’t need and then packing the things you do. Top of your moving checklist should be finding your moving boxes. Agreement where to find moving boxes will simplify this part of the process.
Check out Maximum Real Estate Exposure’s excellent resource, where you’ll see plenty of options for getting your moving boxes. Some of the ideas are paid options and some are free.
Getting your moving boxes will allow you to start packing early even if it’s only a handful of things each day. The more you can do over time, the less overwhelming the process will be. Choosing the right moving boxes helps you organize your belongings and keep them safe during the move.
Hire movers or do it yourself
One of the most important decisions when moving will be whether to hire a professional moving company or do it yourself. If your budget has shrunk and you need a place to save money with your move, this will be it.
Renting your own moving truck and doing your own packing is an option for those who are budget-conscious and don’t mind the grueling work of emptying a house.
Keep in mind that moving is hard work. It’s a major workout that could keep you out for days. There are excellent companies for renting your own truck.
Two of the most popular DIY options are renting from U-Haul or buying one from Home Depot. Both companies offer moving trucks to take care of your move. Doing a little comparison shopping in your area could help you save a few extra bucks.
If you decide to do it yourself, it will be too grueling, be sure to interview a few moving companies. Some of the factors to consider include cost, experience, and insurance.
One of the most common moving mistakes is waiting until the last minute to change your moving address. It’s smart to change of address with the post office as soon as you know that your move is final. The sooner you make the switch, the better your chances of getting all your mail in a timely manner to your new home.
In addition to filling out the change of address form at the post office, you will also need to notify many other entities to ensure that you receive your mail. Take a look at this address change checklist for some of the other essential people and businesses to notify about your move.
Change your utilities
Not only do you have to cancel the utilities in your current home, but also install them in your new home. Make sure you don’t wait until the end of your move to do this.
Think about the uses your new place will have. Do you have gas? Which company provides electrical service? Do you know who will be the cable company in your new area? You’ll probably want your TV working from day one, so don’t forget!
Prepare an essential bag
One of the handiest things to have when moving from house to house is an essential bag. Before you start unboxing, you’ll need a few basics to hand.
Some of the valuable items to have include water, snacks, phone chargers, medicine, personal care items, and a change of clothes. You may also want some basic utensils, especially if you plan to order.
Moving is one of life’s most stressful events. By planning ahead, you give yourself a fighting chance, it won’t be as bad as you think. Hopefully, by following these moving tips, you will put yourself in a better position.
Bill Gasset is a nationally recognized real estate leader helping people buy and sell real estate in the Massachusetts metro area for 35 years. Bill is the owner and founder of Maximum real estate exposure. For the past decade he has been one of the top RE/MAX REALTORS® in New England.