You have finally found a new home — congratulations! Now you can start a new chapter in your life. But first, you have to get moved from your current residence into your new home. With packing, contacting the movers and cleaning your old home, planning a move can be an overwhelming and stressful situation. With so much to do, it is easy to overlook some of the details involved in moving. To help reduce the stress and ensure you haven’t overlooked anything, here are a few tips to help you remember some of the most commonly skipped details of moving:
Make Sure There is Sufficient Parking
One of the first things the moving company will ask before they arrive to pack up your belongings is where should they park. It will be easier for you, your neighbors and the company providing the moving services if you plan ahead when it comes to parking the moving truck. If you live in or are moving to an apartment complex, make sure to talk with the apartment manager of both places to ask for parking recommendations. In some situations, the moving truck will not be permitted to block the entrance for other residents, so the moving company may have to park a building or two away from yours. If you live in or are moving to a house, make sure there is sufficient parking on the street. The truck should have enough room as to not block your neighbors or incoming/outgoing traffic. If your driveway is large enough to accommodate the moving truck, make sure you move your vehicles to allow the movers space.
As you are packing up the old house, it is important to pack each room individually and label each box as you pack it. Not only will this make it easier for the movers to know where to put the boxes in your new home, but it will make unpacking much quicker and easier because you won’t be surprised by what’s in the boxes. You will know right away what goes where.
Don’t Forget the Refrigerator and Freezer
The refrigerator and freezer are often the last things people clean and pack up before moving, so it’s easy to forget these items, especially if you aren’t moving your appliances with you. The day before your move, remove everything from the refrigerator, toss out food that is old and outdated, thoroughly clean the inside and outside of these appliances and pack the food items in plastic grocery bags, small coolers or insulated bags. Store the food in the refrigerator until you are ready to move the next day. If you are taking your appliances with you, remember to empty the ice bins to prevent the risk of water leaking out.
Change of Address Notices
One of the easiest things to overlook during the moving process is providing businesses, caregivers and schools with your new address. About one week before your moving day, you should remember to contact the following people/businesses:
- Schools - the old school to remove children and the new school to register them.
- Household services, such as nannies, caregivers, house cleaners, babysitters and newspapers.
- Don’t forget to contact the banks, USPS, credit card companies and utilities as well.
When packing up your belongings, pack a survival kit for the first night in your new home. Your survival kit should include blankets and pillows or sleeping bags, pajamas for everyone in the house, snacks, paper plates and plastic utensils and the coffee maker and coffee cups. It is also helpful to add a few non-perishable items to your survival box, such as microwave meals.
Need help packing and/or moving? Contact True Friends Moving and we’ll be happy to give you a hand with all of your moving needs.