Do these 7 Things before Moving Day

Posted by Tamara Berryman on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 3:03pm.

do these seven things before moving dayLeaving a home that you've lived in for years is generally a bittersweet experience. On one hand, you're ready and excited for the next chapter in your life, but on the other hand, you're saying goodbye to a placed filled with memories. In most instances, the change is a positive one and filled with expectations. You look forward with enthusiasm to the future and feel a renewed sense of purpose.

Unfortunately to get to where your new locale, you'll have to move. Perhaps one of the most dreaded things in life, moving is a big deal. It requires quite a bit of preparation, takes-up a lot of time, costs money out-of-pocket, and, disrupts your day-to-day life in a big way. You spend an inordinate amount of time looking for boxes, have to purge as much stuff as you can, and, are living with less and less conveniences. Though it can't be sidestepped altogether, you can make it a smoother transition.

How to Plan Your Move for a Smooth Transition

Before you buy a new television, desktop, appliance(s), or a car, chances are excellent you do a lot of research. You want the best function, style, and deal you can possibly get. You compare different models, read consumer and industry reviews and ask family members, coworkers and friends about their experiences. The point being, you put a lot into making an informed decision, which also includes logistics, such as where it will go and how you'll set it up. You plan everything down to the last detail.

“Eliminate as much trash as you can before moving day. Last-minute garbage will inevitably build up the day prior to and the day of loading. Try making a deal with a neighbor to use their trash container for your last-minute debris. Many items that are considered flammable are not going to be loaded by the driver and crew. Understand what these items are so that you are not stuck with trying to get rid of them on day of loading.”--Moving.com

When most people move, they don't do nearly enough to smooth out the transition -- in other words, lack planning. It makes a big difference in your experience when you plan ahead. Considering things such as what to take with you and what to sell or give away. In addition to lightening your load, you ought to get at least three quotes from different companies to compare -- the fees and charges will likely vary quite a bit. Packing well in advance of moving day is another great way to make the transition smoother. Be sure to label boxes, not only with the contents, but also, the room for which they are intended. This will make sorting and unpacking a much more simple.

Do these 7 Things before Moving Day

It's not only preparing yourself and possessions for moving day that needs to be done, it's also learning about you new location and planning accordingly that's a big help. Here are seven things to do before moving day:

  1. Start using frozen and dry goods thirty to forty-five days out. Frozen food and dry goods last a long time, but when it's time to move, you won't necessarily want to take these with you. Begin to use these for meals about thirty to forty-five days before moving day.
  2. Learn if there are local branches of your current bank in the area. The bank you have a checking account with might or might not have a branch in your new area. If it does, that's great, you can simply put in a change of address. If not, learn what banks are nearby and compare products and customer satisfaction.
  3. Speak to your doctor and/or pharmacy about transferring. If you are on a prescription, you certainly don't want to be without it when you get to your new locale. Speak with your doctor and/or your pharmacist about transferring your prescription.
  4. Transfer or cancel any subscriptions and memberships. You might subscribe to a magazine or have a membership at a local gym. You can elect to cancel, change your address, or, go with something different.
  5. Get you car(s) ready a week or two before moving day. Take your car(s) in for a diagnostic checkup before you hit the road. The last thing you want is to be stranded because of a problem that could have been prevented.
  6. Schedule utilities to be turned on the day you arrive. You ought to schedule for utilities to be connected at a time that's a few hours after your arrival, just to account for any last-minute contingencies.
Another task on your to-do list is to pack everything up about two days in advance and then walk through the home you're leaving the day before you move. Check every cabinet, closet, and storage space to ensure you're not accidentally leaving something behind.

Tamara Berryman
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