Moving isn’t just all about packing your things and then transporting them to your new home. It involves so many preparations and arrangements you need to make. Here are just some of the things you need to do before moving day:
In most cases, there are various items around the house that haven’t been used in years. If you don’t make an inventory and get rid of those items you most probably won’t be using in your new home, you’d be incurring an unnecessary expense because you’ll still have to pay the movers for packing and moving these items. Consider donating or selling these items.
2. Notifications/Cancel Subscriptions
Notify the post office of your new address so they can forward any correspondence that may arrive after you have moved. Cancel subscriptions such as utilities and cable so you won’t incur unnecessary debt. Notify your family doctor and dentist so you can get copies of your medical and dental records. If you have children and/or pets, be sure to notify the school and/or vet as well.
3. Prepare Your Appliances
About a week before the move, clean appliances you seldom use. A few days before the move, start cleaning your other appliances. Defrost your freezer, clean it, and dry it. Unplug all appliances and pack the cables and wires accordingly.
If you have plants, decide if you want to bring them with you or not. If you do, then you’ll have to make special arrangements for moving them to make sure they don’t wilt along the way. If you have pets, you’ll need to arrange for someone to care for them on moving day so they don’t bother the movers.
5. Pack an “Essentials” Kit
Pack an overnight bag containing things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at the new house. This way, you can settle comfortably into your new home even if you have to leave the unpacking for the next day.