The move can be stressful, but also exciting. A new city, a new home or a new neighborhood can also mean new starts. So, how do you turn the stressful part of moving on to excitement? By having a plan. Here are 5 tips to plan your move.
Decluttering. One of the first things you can do when you learn that you could have a movement coming to the horizon is to unclutter room by room. This is important for a number of reasons. First, when you put your home on the market, it will sell faster and for more money. A house always looks bigger with fewer "things" inside. Secondly, when you move, having fewer things to pack, load, unload and unpack will save you time and money. It's also a very liberating process once you've started.
Eliminate hazardous waste. Hazardous waste can not be packaged in moving trucks. If you have things like gasoline, paint and chemicals in your garage, ask if a friend or neighbor would like them. Otherwise, look online to find your nearest hazardous waste disposal site. If you plan to use one of the same paint colors in the new home, be sure to record the necessary information before discarding them.
Do some research on your moving company. This is critical and can often be overlooked if your move is sudden. Make sure to read the comments online before deciding on a mover and not hiring a mover based solely on the price. Experience, knowledge of your area and skill level (like moving a grand piano) count for a lot more. It is also useful to know that many movers will give a low bid to get your business and then charge more. Reading reviews will avoid surprises and disappointments.
File transfers. If you have children of school age, you will need to have their school records transferred to their new school. To make it disappear now means less to make you at the other end of your move. Medical records are another thing to have transferred. If your new doctors are not online yet, you can request a copy of your records or make a list with the phone numbers and addresses of the doctors / dentists / chiropractors from whom you will need to obtain information.
Update your address You can update your postal address online . It is also important to share information with your friends and family. Remember to send an email address group change or post something on Facebook so that others know how to contact you in the future.