How to Prepare for Your Next Moving Day

Moving day for young coupleIs your next moving day coming soon? Take some of the stress out of moving by having a good plan of action. First, secure any resources you might need like moving supplies and helping hands. Then, break your move down into chronological action steps and work your plan.

Before the Big Moving Day Arrives

Purge and pack what you can several weeks before your move date. Go through drawers, closets, and shelves and sort items to toss, donate, or pack. Toss broken items and papers you no longer need. Be sure to shred any identifiable documents. Donate items you have not used or worn in the past year. Sorting through your belongings helps reduce what you have to move. It also gives you a clean start at your next place.

As part of the purging process, pack up items you don’t use frequently. Only keep out items you use on a daily basis. Packing non-essential items over an extended period of time saves the mad rush to pack later. Be sure to label all boxes as to the location the contents will go once unpacked. Or, use color-coded packaging tape or markers to indicate what goes where. This is a time-saver when unpacking.

Another important step prior to moving is transferring or setting up new utility services. If you can’t transfer your services, be sure to set service cancellation dates for current providers. If relocating to another city, use the city website and search “new residents.” This is a quick way to find service providers and other useful information.

And, don’t forget to go online to USPS to enter your change of address just prior to moving.

Moving Expenses and Other Considerations

Whether you move in a day or over a week, don’t overlook a few important considerations. Pack a box or suitcase with daily or immediate essentials you might need like toilet paper, water, phone or tablet chargers. Keep your essentials with you for easy access. And, don’t overlook any meals or snacks you might need. Packing picnic-style meals and snacks can save the time and expense for fast food or convenience stops.

Another expense to consider is using a moving service or moving truck or trailer. While costs vary, a good moving service generally runs $70 to 120 per hour for a local or regional move. To save money, you can use movers for heavy furniture items only. Just be sure the movers are insured and bonded and check reviews. If you don’t want to pay for a moving service, consider renting a U-Haul truck or trailer for the day. This is usually about half the cost of a moving service and it will reduce or eliminate round trips. Remember, you will have added fuel expense if using your car to make multiple trips back and forth.

One last moving day consideration is to remember any services you may be without and to plan accordingly. Access to internet can be important, particularly if you pay for data overages on your phone. Plan ahead for anything school or work related that requires use of home internet. Also, your ability to look up information may be limited. Create a list of service providers and related contacts that might be needed.

Help the Dust Settle After You Move In

Besides unpacking, remember to change your address on all your existing accounts and driver’s license. Make it a priority to hang your photos and personalize your new space. This will help your new place feel like home and get you settled more quickly. When your ready – host friends or family and show off your new place!

Find a great comprehensive moving checklist on Real Simple.

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