Tips for Moving

What are the most important things to do when moving into your new abode?  Is it ordering fun furniture, painting the accent wall, deciding on a cable company?  Truth be told, there are several things you can and should be working on before closing as well as right after.

Here are some tips to prevent excitement turning into anxiety.

Change Your Address

This might seem obvious, but accounts like Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail should all be updated two weeks in advance. The last thing you want to worry about is not getting your bills.

Trust Your Movers

Movers can make or break your move, literally.  That said, request information about your moving company to ensure high quality service.  Here are some questions that you may want to ask:

  • How long has the company been in business?
  • What are the average years of experience of their drivers, movers, and packers?
  • Are they licensed with the state’s Department of Transportation?
  • Are they licensed for interstate moves?
  • Do you also move garbage bags?

Size Does Matter

Packing boxes seems easy enough. But, it won’t be until you or the movers go to move the heaviest box that you’ll realize that size really does make a difference. So, pack heavy items like books, cast iron pans, etc. into smaller boxes for easier carrying. Not only will it make moving easier, but it will decrease the chances of breaking.

Snap a Photo

Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go. This can save you tons of time and frustration, especially if you’re not tech savvy.

Plan for a Long Day

Moving can take a lot out of you. After a long day, the last thing you want to be doing is searching for is a toothbrush and towel. That’s why packing a ‘first night’ bag can be the ultimate time saver. Items like a first aid kit, pj’s, chargers, toothbrush, and any pet items are all smart items you’ll be thankful you packed.