There is no doubt that moving into a new home can prove to be extremely stressful. There are a number of tasks that need to be taken care of, and everything needs to be managed in a short span of time. But having a consolidated checklist of everything that needs to be done can greatly reduce that stress and save you some precious time.
Identify and Manage Your Possessions
Before you start packing, make sure that you look through all your possessions and identify the things you want to take along. Make it a point to keep your valuables in a separate safety box. Ensure that all the items are properly insured before you move.
Select a Moving Company
Selecting a moving company can be a challenge. Make sure you consult at least three different companies before you zero in on one. Make certain to get a written estimate from them, not just a verbal one. You can even ask your friends or family who have moved recently for references.
Create a Binder
When you undertake the task of relocating, it is of utmost importance to keep track of all your financial expenditure and estimates. Create a binder where you can file all your receipts and even take note of all that you have done. You can also use it to keep reminders of daily tasks related to the shifting process.
Update All Legal/Public Documents
At least three weeks prior to shifting, make sure that you update your address in all your legal documents, including your driving license. If you have kid(s) at school, make sure that you inform the relevant authorities of your change in address. You also need to update your address with your milkman/newspaper delivery person.
Purchase Necessary Supplies
When moving into a new house, you will come to realize that you can never have enough boxes or tape. So make sure that you arm yourself with ample amount of cardboard boxes, duct tape, scissors, and whatever else you might need.
Label Your Boxes
After packing, don’t forget to label your boxes, as this simple task will make life so much easier when you unpack. For example, if you have a box filled with important items that you use on a daily basis, labelling them ‘essentials’ will save you the hassle of finding out which boxes to open first.
Have a Layout Prepared
Before you leave your old house, take stock of what your new house looks like, and have a general idea of how you want to place your furniture and possessions. This will greatly help the movers when they unload, since they’ll also have an idea of where your stuff should be placed in your new home.
Take Inventory Before and After Moving
Whenever you move your belongings from one place to another, it makes sense to keep an inventory of all the items, to make sure that nothing is lost or misplaced. It is even more important when it comes to moving into a new house. Create an inventory and tick off each item as you pack and unpack them.