Moving is both exciting and stressful; with proper preparation it can become much less daunting.
Plan meals ahead and set aside money for takeout food; and remember to pack an overnight bag filled with essentials before arriving in your new home. Additionally, it may be helpful to find a wide range of moving services to help with the packing and transporting of items.
1. Hire a Reliable Moving Company
Moving can be stressful and it is vitally important that you select a reliable moving company. Before beginning the moving process, be sure to do your research and select an experienced mover who will handle everything seamlessly for you.
Start by asking potential moving companies for references; this will give you an idea of their level of expertise and customer service capabilities. Furthermore, inquire about insurance protection – should anything become damaged during transport they should cover the costs for replacement.
Once you have your list of prospective moving companies, be sure to get quotes. Most offer online quoting while some may require an on-site visit so they can assess your belongings for an accurate estimate. It’s also a good idea to inquire about additional fees such as fuel surcharges or equipment charges before signing a binding estimate so there are no surprises on moving day.
2. Pack an Essentials Box
Pack an essentials box early and anticipate what items you will require on both days of moving out from your old house and arrival at the new one. Pack this box as soon as possible so it doesn’t end up among all of the other boxes when moving day comes along – that way it won’t get lost among them all!
Include items such as toilet paper, soap, towels, blankets, small pot and frying pan, basic cooking utensils and bedding sets in this moving box so that you will be prepared for simple meals as well as have everything necessary for an restful night’s rest in your new home.
Label the essentials box clearly and place it away from other boxes so that it’s easily accessible when necessary. That way, you can add items prior to moving day as needed while checking their condition before sealing them up – this will prevent mishaps while saving both time and energy!
3. Schedule Utilities Transfer
Moving can be a frenzied affair, and in its chaos can easily cause us to forget important tasks such as switching or cancelling utilities. By taking care to do this prior to moving day, this will be one less thing for you to worry about once you arrive at your new residence.
Make a list of all of the utility services that you pay for, such as electricity, water/sewage/gas/cable TV/phone/garbage collection/Internet service. Contact each provider individually and inform them of your move date; ask them to start service in your new house either on that date or one day prior. Similarly, ask them to stop servicing your old place either on that date or closing day if selling off property currently owned.
Make an in-person appointment with the utility company to ensure the transition goes smoothly, and take one final reading of both electric and water meters before departing your house to avoid being overcharged for services used on your last day of residence.
4. Pack a First Night Box
Moving can be both thrilling and nerve-wracking; especially if it involves long distance relocation. When arriving before all your belongings have been unloaded, finding necessities such as toilet paper and toothbrush can prove challenging if there are too many boxes to sort through quickly. That’s why it is advisable to pack a “First Night Box”, complete with essential items you will require on day one of life in your new home.
Your first night box should include three to five days worth of clothes, an extra set of keys, toilet paper, towels and personal hygiene products for emergency situations. In addition, it should include a first aid kit as well as basic cleaning supplies like rags, surface cleaner, bleach, dish soap gloves and trash bags for emergencies.
As well as essentials like books and board games, pack entertainment such as DVDs or movies to keep you occupied during your first night in your new home. This way you won’t get bored or restless if your TV has yet to be connected and internet service hasn’t arrived yet.
5. Settling into Your New Home
Moving is an exciting new chapter of life and should not be approached without careful preparation and organization. Use these tips to ease into your new home with less anxiety.
Before unpacking, start by cleaning your new home thoroughly to rid it of dirt, dust, and grime from previous tenants and make it feel more like home. Starting with kitchen and bathroom areas can help make them feel more like yours more quickly; mail forwarding is also recommended so all bills and subscriptions reach their respective destinations on time.
Finally, remember to introduce yourself and your family to your neighbors and the community. Doing this will help your new house feel more like home while becoming familiar with its services and resources such as schools, groceries stores, parks etc.
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