Finding a home can be a long and tie ring
experience, so the last thing you want to worry about after you've
found your home is moving.
The best way to avoid a lot of haste and stress
when moving day comes is to be well prepared. It's never to early to
start planning your move.
You should start selecting a mover as soon as
possible. Get estimates from at least three licensed moving companies
in the area. Have them write up an estimate and come to your house to
inspect all of your items. That way there will be no surprise costs
come moving day. If a company drastically underbids all of the others,
make sure they are experienced and reputable. Remember, you will be
trusting this company with your personal belongings.
To save some money in the move, sell or donate all
the items you don't want to move before you have moving companies give
you an estimate.
Make sure you know the condition of all of your
things before the movers arrive to pack. Take time to inspect all of
your items and make a list of any damage to them. Give a copy of the
list to the movers when they are packing.
The movers will keep a list of what items are in
what boxes. Get a copy of that list, and make your own list of what
boxes and items will go in what rooms. Planning this will make moving
into your new home much easier.
Another tip is to measure all doorways and
entrances in the house to make sure you can fit all of your items in.
Do this before you move to make sure you don't move a piece of
furniture that can't fit in the house.
Before you move any of your belongings in, take a
final walk-through and make sure there is no damage to the house.
Also, make sure all painting and repairs are done before you move in.
Call utility companies at least two weeks before
you move in. Make sure electricity, gas, water and phone services are
in your name and turned on. Set up times for cable and internet
hook-ups too. If you get a good-credit letter from your utility
company, you can avoid putting a deposit down in your new home. Just
ask your current utility company to notify your new company of your
good credit status.
Get a change of address package at the post
office. You can tell them the date you want it to start, so it's never
to early to drop it off.
Make sure you set a side enough clothes and
toiletries to last you until the movers arrive. Pack essentials for an
extra couple of days, just in case you can't find the box your looking
for. Other useful items to pack are towels, blankets, batteries, paper
plates and utensils.
Change the locks to your new home when you finally
get moved into your house. This isn't absolutely necessary, but it
does give the house a more secure feeling.
Finally, remember to keep all of your moving
receipts. If your employer has given you a moving stipend and you move
more than 50 miles from your old home, all of your moving expenses are