Moving can be fun, but it can also be one of the most stressful things that you will ever have to do. Planning appropriately and tackling tasks one step at a time can make it much easier. Some things you cannot do at the last minute. However, some tasks can be handled weeks before your scheduled move.
Things You Can Do 6 to 8 Weeks Before You Move
Get Rid of Stuff You Don’t Need
There is no point in dragging old stuff to your new home that you are never going to use again. Part of the fun of moving into a new place is having a clean, organized space that isn’t overwhelming and full of junk. Get rid of the old stuff by selling it or donating it to charity.
Don’t Buy New Stuff
As much as you want to buy new furniture and décor for your new place, don’t do it. The new items will end up being in the way at your existing home, and you’ll have to pay to have it moved. Best to make these kinds of purchases after you’ve moved into your new home.
Create a Checklist
It still might be weeks until you are planning your big move, but planning is going to make things much easier. Make a checklist of things that you need to do. Set goals and make sure that you meet each one of them. Start getting boxes, containers, and packing materials so you can start packing now.
Check Into Tax Deductions
Some moving expenses are tax-deductible. Contact your accountant or the IRS for more information.
Contact Your Insurance Agent
When you move, your insurance agent will need to know. Let them know that you are moving so that they can adjust your policy accordingly and help protect your assets.
Contact Utility Companies
When you move into your new home, you will want to make sure that you have electricity and running water. Contact the utility companies that will serve your new address and let them know when you need service turned on.
Update Your Banking Information
When you move to a different area your bank may not have a local branch. In some instances, it might be necessary to switch banks. Even if there is a local branch, you will still need to update your personal information and if you use checks you will want to order a set with your new address.
Find a Mover
You don’t want to wait until the last minute to find a mover. Most movers are booked up and need at least 6 to 8 weeks notice to schedule your move.
Things to Do the Day Before Your Move
Forward Your Mail
There is mail that is already en route to your current home. Let the post office know that you are moving so that they can forward your mail to your new home. You can take care of forwarding through your Local Post Office branch or online.
Gather Important Records
Important documentation can easily get misplaced during a move. Use an accordion-type folder to keep all of your paperwork, passports, and insurance cards at hand. Take this folder with you in your vehicle during the move. Do not load it up on the moving truck.
Find all of Your Keys
When you are moving, it is easy to overlook keys that are needed for the garage and outbuildings. Make sure that you gather all of your keys so that the new owners don’t have to deal with the hassle of getting the keys from you later.
Pack a Travel Bag
Looking for clothes, towels, toothbrushes, medication, and other necessities when you first move into your new home can take hours. Have each member of your family pack an overnight bag so that you aren’t wasting time looking for items when you are trying to settle in for the first night in your new home.
Plan Your Route
Planning your route ahead of time will save you from the headache of getting lost. If you have children or pets, it is a good idea to plan scheduled stops. Checking traffic patterns can also help you to avoid trouble spots.
Start Planning Today
At Watford Moving and Storage, we know that moving can be stressful. Start planning today so that things go as smoothly as possible. If you are in the Santa Clarita and other Los Angeles County areas, call us today for a free quote. We will help you every step of the way. You can use our online form to request more information.