• 5 Important Arrangements to Make Before Moving

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    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:

    1. De-clutter

    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.

    moving_box_with_dog.305165606_std4. Make Arrangements for Plants and/or Pets

    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.

  • Creating a Timeline for Moving

    moving_timeline_checklist_one_month_outRelocating to a new home can be a complicated process, so you’d naturally want to make it as stress-free as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to create a timeline to make sure nothing gets left out or taken for granted. Here are some tips on how to create a relocation timeline:

    1. Research

    It’s advisable to start doing your research at least two months before you are scheduled to move. This gives you enough time to set up a system that’ll help make your move a smooth process. Research involves looking for the right moving company and checking out your new location so you’ll know if you should bring all of your belongings or get rid of some items.

    2. Set a Budget

    Your research should have given you a good idea of how much the move will cost. Setting a definite budget will help you manage your finances. Be sure to take into consideration big (payment for the moving company, etc.) and small (markers, labels, etc.) costs alike.

    3. Inform Your Contacts

    If you have children who go to school and you’re moving to another city or state, you’ll have to inform the school of the move. If you have pets, you’ll probably have to tell the vet. You also need to inform your family doctor so you can get a copy of your family’s medical records. All these are best done about six weeks prior to the move.

    4. De-clutter

    About four weeks before the move, you should start de-cluttering your house and getting things ready for packing. In fact, it may be best to start packing items you seldom use at this time and then work your way up to the essentials as moving day nears.moving-day1


    5. Moving Day Arrangements

     

    A week prior to the move, arrange for someone to watch your children and/or pets on moving day. You wouldn’t want them bothering the movers as they load your belongings, would you?

  • How to Label Your Moving Boxes

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    One of the things that make moving such a complicated process is the packing. You can get easily overwhelmed by the number of things you need to pack into boxes and the number of boxes you need to label accordingly. Here are a few suggestions on how to label moving boxes to reduce the stress of relocating:

    1. Numbering

    What you do in this case is simply number the boxes and then make a list of what goes into which box. For example, Boxes 1-5 could contain your breakables, Boxes 6-10 your linens, and so on. One of the biggest advantages of this labelling method is that you know the exact number of boxes, which makes tracking a lot easier.

    2. Colour Coding

    With this method, you assign a colour to each room in your house and then label the boxes with those colours. You should then make a list of the rooms and their respective colours. For example, the blue-labelled box could contain all your kitchen items, the green-labelled box your bedroom items, and so on. You may use coloured markers or stickers to label the boxes.

    moving-boxes-with-labels3. Categorizing

     

    You could also pack similar items into the same box and then label the box accordingly. For example, all shirts could go into one box, all toiletries in another, and all electronics items in another box. Again, you shouldn’t forget to make a list of which category of items went into which boxes or how many boxes there are for each category.

    Moving indeed requires a lot of preparations, but these preparations don’t have to cause you too much stress. Even something as simple as a well-organized packing and labelling system can go a long way towards making your move a smooth and stress-free process.