Moving can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, but with proper planning and organization, it doesn’t have to be. Our friends at Milvus Moving Company helped us put together a list of recommendations for people who are about to move. Here is a comprehensive checklist to help you prepare for your move:
- Create a timeline: Set a moving date and work backwards to create a timeline for all of the tasks that need to be completed before the move.
- Sort and declutter: Go through all of your possessions and sort them into categories: keep, toss, or donate. This will not only make the packing process easier, but it will also save you money on moving expenses.
- Notify important parties: Inform your utility companies, banks, and other important parties of your upcoming move and provide them with your new address.
- Hire a moving company: Research different moving companies and compare their services, prices, and reviews. Once you’ve found a reputable company, book them well in advance of your moving date.
- Gather packing materials: Purchase or gather boxes, tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and other materials you will need to pack your belongings.
- Pack non-essential items first: Start packing non-essential items such as seasonal clothing and decorations well in advance of the move. This will make the last-minute packing process less stressful.
- Label your boxes: Clearly label each box with the contents and the room it belongs in. This will make it easier for you to unpack and for the movers to place the boxes in the correct room.
- Make arrangements for pets and plants: Make arrangements for your pets to be cared for during the move and for your plants to be transported.
- Update your address: Update your address with the post office and make sure your mail is forwarded to your new address.
- Clean your old home: Before leaving your old home, make sure to clean it thoroughly to ensure you get your security deposit back.
By following this checklist, you can ensure that your move is as stress-free and organized as possible. Remember to take it one step at a time and stay organized throughout the process.