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How to Prepare for Moving Into a New Home

How to Prepare for Moving Into a New Home

 

Moving into a new home involves taking care of numerous tasks in a short time span. It can be stressful, as you don’t want to leave valuables behind. 

 

At the same time, you don’t want to take along what you won’t need in your new home. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for moving into a new home, ensuring the process is smooth and hassle free. 

Set Your Moving Budget

 

Before you do anything else, decide on a moving budget. Make sure you take all your moving costs into consideration. 

 

Also, consider the amount you’ll need for post-move expenses such as repairs and furniture. Don’t forget to keep proof of your moving expenses. Keep them safely in your moving folder. 

Create a Moving Folder

 

One of the first things to do when planning a move is to buy a binder or create a “moving” file on your computer. You should have a place to keep your moving checklist, organize your timelines, and to safely keep all your moving paperwork. 

 

Place moving documents, receipts, and other paperwork inside your folder. You can use the folder to store other important documents, too, like your passport and social security card. Financial documents associated with your new home, such as mortgage or lease agreement, may also be stored in the folder. 

Find a Moving Company

 

There are many moving companies to choose from, and not all of them are equal. Finding the right one can be a challenge. 

 

It’s a good idea to consult at least three different moving companies and choose the one that delivers the best value for your money. 

 

Be sure to get a written estimate from your prospective companies, not just a verbal quote. You might want to ask for recommendations from friends or family who have moved recently. 

Transfer the Utilities

 

A couple of weeks before your move, contact your utility companies to let them know you’re moving. Be sure to schedule your disconnection and connection dates for electricity and gas. 

 

Remember to also contact your internet and cable service provider to schedule an installation date for after you’ve moved. If you’ve invested in a security system, remember to contact the service provider as well. 

Update Your Address

Update Your Address

 

Many aspects of your life depend on your address, including your subscriptions, credits cards, and insurance. That means by updating your address, you’re updating your life. So, make sure you do it just before moving or immediately when you settle into your new home. 

Have a Layout Prepared

 

Prior to leaving your old home, take stock of what your new home looks like and have a rough idea of how you want to arrange your furniture and other belongings. 

 

This will help the movers have an easier time when they unload. They’ll have an idea of where each item should go in your new home. 

 

Moving into another home can be a stressful process. You can make things easier if you prepare well in advance. The above tips will help you prepare for your move and ensure the process is stress free.