How to Prepare to Move to a New Home
Moving Day is approaching. Are you ready? Do you have a plan? Have you done everything that needs to be done? Do you have a checklist?
Not all moves are planned in advance. Even when you have made the decision to relocate, it seems like moving day creeps up and creeps up, until suddenly, here it is and you are NOT ready! Sometimes, when you sell your house, you don't have much time from sale to move.That is why a checklist and a plan come in handy! With all you have to deal with during a move, you don't want to forget anything.
Here are some tips to make it go more smoothly.
Be prepared with a checklist
You will probably have many lists before the the final one. I recommend that you dedicate a spiral notebook to the move. You may even want to use one that is divided up into subjects. Or you can make your own sections. I also get one that has a pocket so that I can put all receipts, business cards, contact info. and invoices in it. How complicated and detailed your list(s) will be, is dependent on how far the move is or how much of a reminder you need. If you are changing states or countries, there will be a lot more to do than if you are only changing neighborhoods. Your list is also dependent on how many people/pets you are moving.
"Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard."~Dave Mustaine
One Month Countdown
One Month Before
Two Weeks Before
The Week of the Move
Decide what is going and what is staying
Make sure everything is in working order.
Back up your computer.
Start packing what you don't need now.
If you are moving out of town, get medical/school records.
Plan what you will be doing for the last few meals as you clean out the fridge.
Have a garage sale or organize a donation.
Call all utility companies to notify of move
Return library books, pick up drycleaning.
Price/contract a moving company
Reconfirm with your mover.
Clean or hire a cleaner.
If you are hiring movers, you should get several estimates before making a final decision. If you don't have experience with a particular company, ask your friends. While they may not have personal experience, almot everyone knows someone who has used a mover. Before calling for an estimate, check out the company's credentials. These people are going to enter your home, move all your belongings and then enter your new home. Make sure they are bonded and insured. Don't use any company that has negative reviews or is otherwise, untrustworthy.
Packing up the House.
Packing is one of the most fulfilling and, at the same time, the least gratifying task. When I go to my bookshelf, weed out the books that I am giving away, then pack the ones I am keeping, I feel accomplished. I tape the box shut, write "books" across it and Voila! Done! If only it could all go like that! If only the knick knacks could be packed that quickly! Try to sandwich the easier packs in between the more difficult ones. This will keep you from getting too overwhelmed.
Number your boxes and keep a list. This will make it easier to get the boxes in the correct rooms at move in, as well as giving you options on which to move in first.
Keep empty boxes, bubble wrap, cleaning cloths, tape and markers handy. A viable alternantive to bubble wrap or tissue is washcloths and dish towels. They make a good protectant for fragile items and you have to pack them anyway.
Leave your Pajamas on Top
I call it my "survival suitcase." It is filled with the things you can't be without. I put all chronic medicines a well as a small first aid kit and mild analgesics. Yes, you can always run and buy them but will you have the time or energy to be worrying about that? If you have small children, this will be the place to put favorite toys, security blankets, diapers, etc. This is also the place to put anything for your pets that you will need handy. If you are traveling by car or airplane, this one needs to be with you! I also suggest that, however you are travelling, use your luggage in addition. This will save packing them up, are easy to transport, easy to find, as well as being the perfect receptacles for what you would like on hand!
Pack a Suitcase
I am one of those people that is all for the easy to unpack theory. It is hard enough to pack everything up, but the last thing I want to be doing when I am already exhausted from moving in, is digging into boxes looking for the things I need immediately. This is why I am most careful about how I pack the things I cannot get by without for even a few days. This should include any medicine or durable medical equipment, contact numbers, bank info., as well as a few changes of clothing. I once drove cross country with my coffee pot in tow. With my moving van several days behind me, I knew that was one thing I wasn't willing to wait for!
The author of this hub has lived in two different countries, five different states and too many homes to count! Moving is her middle name! She was hoping for one last, permanent move but has to make at least one more before that. Many years of doing this, have perfected her skills! That being said, she still admits to having a few snafus at every move.
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."~Walt Disney
How to Cheat at Packing
As many times as I have moved, I always have those few things that I just don't know what to do with. When I start the packing process, I put a plastic container (I use a milk carton) in each room. This is where I put things that I don't know what to do with. Every couple of days, I revisit them. Sometimes, the perfect spot will open up or I will have made the decision to give it away. Whatever is still in the crate by moving day gets put into the one miscellaneous box I allot myself.
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