Let’s learn some awesome moving tips to go along with packing tips. There’s more to just moving than packing up your stuff and hauling it to the new place. If it were that easy, many people wouldn’t be so stressed, they would hire someone to do everything and that would be it. Moving requires a lot of effort and close personal attention to detail.
First you have to get organized. Moving is not something you should procrastinate doing. You probably have more stuff than you think you do and it’ll probably take longer than you think it will to pack and move it. By starting early, you give yourself enough time to pack everything you thought you didn’t have. Making lists can also help to keep your organized when everything is disheveled. You can make two lists, one for your current place, and one for your new place. This helps your manage what has to go where. These lists can include a room inventory. Writing down what’s in each room can help with packing and unpacking, and also knowing where things are.
It’s moving time. If you are planning on hiring movers to do the brunt work, make sure you do your research. Make sure you hire professional efficient movers, sometimes bad movers are worse than no movers at all. You can weed out the bad eggs by getting referrals from many people, your friends and local real estate agents. Check their reputation. Look them up through the Department of Transportation, the Better Business Bureau, and MovingScam.com. Of course, check their price! If that price is right and everything else checks out, they're the movers for you!
Moving doesn’t only effect you and your family. Other people need to know that you’re moving as well. Don’t forget to tell the post office that you’re moving, otherwise, you won’t be getting your mail! If you’re moving a long distance away, you should also get medical records, and school transcripts at the same time that you’re notifying the doctors and schools of your move.
Here’s a possible list of people you should let know about your move:
- Accountant/tax preparer; Alumni associations; Attorneys
- Babysitter/ child care provider; Banks (auto loans, checking accounts, credit cards, home equity, IRA’s, mortgage, safe deposit box, savings account); Broker; Business cards (order new ones if applicable)
- Cell phone provider; Child care/ daycare; Chiropractor; Courts, especially for traffic tickets or local disputes; Credit bureaus; Credit card issuers
- Dentist; Department of Motor Vehicles; Diaper service; Doctor; Dry cleaning pick-up and delivery
- Family members and friends
- Health clubs; House cleaning service; House of worship
- Insurance providers (auto, health, life, other vehicles); IRS (form 8822)
- Lawn care; Luggage tags (replace existing ones)
- Magazine subscriptions
- New business cards; New employer; Newspaper subscriptions
- Old employer; Orthodontist
- Parent-teacher association; Passport; Pet sitter/ dog walker/ pet day care; Pharmacy (get year-to-date expense summary for taxes); Physical therapist; Physician (get referral for new location); Post office; Professional organizations
- Retirement plan holders; Return address labels (order new ones)
- Schools ( get copies of transcripts); Snow removal service; Social Security Administration; Swimming pool maintenance (pool cleaning, pool opening or closing); Swimming pool memberships
- Veterinarian get vet records and recommendations
- Water delivery service
After all of that, it’s time for the big day; moving day. There’s even more to do then, but first, let’s complete everything we have to do before the big day. Remember, if you start early and give yourself enough time, it will lower the stress involved with the moving process. Make sure you stay on track and give yourself little due dates throughout the moving/packing process. For example, the kitchen needs to be packed by monday. Get to work, and try to have fun!