Its official! You’ve finished signing papers and the house is yours! If you haven’t already started getting ready, now is the time to prepare for the big move. Initial feelings of excitement may soon turn into anticipation, chaos and long to-do lists. To help prepare yourself and relieve the stress of moving, follow these seven suggested tips:
1. Create a Moving Binder
With the countless expenses, receipts and packing lists that accompany the moving process, it is critical to keep your records organized. Use a binder to store and organize all documents related to the move.
2. Declutter and Purge
Envision your new space – how do you want it to look and feel? When you start packing up your belongings, be conscious of what’s valuable to you versus what’s just clutter. If you’re unsure of how to cut down on some things, ask yourself if it will enhance your new space. And answer honestly. A new home is a fresh start and gives you the ability create an environment you love.
3. Labeling Boxes
Want to make unpacking much less complicated? Label each of your boxes with their corresponding rooms will make life easier when it comes to the new home. Be sure to mark your fragile items clearly to avoid them being damaged during the move.
4. Decide Your Method of Moving
Are you more of the do-it-yourself type? Hiring a moving company to make your move could help if you’re uncomfortable with heavy lifting. No matter what, weigh the pros and cons like how much are you willing to spend, and how much time and energy do you have to complete the move yourself? You may end up leaning the way you weren’t expecting.
5. Change Your Address
Stop by the post office and submit a change of address form to start having your mail forwarded a few weeks prior to moving. That way, it will be set to begin on your move-in date. Don’t forget to update your address on important documents and accounts, including your driver’s license, subscriptions, newspaper, credit cards, bank accounts and other online accounts.
6. Transfer Utilities
Utilities such as gas and electricity should be made a priority when it comes to move in day. Contact those providers weeks in advance and schedule turn-on dates. Other services like cable and internet are two others that you may want to have up and running on the day you move to your new home. Consider doing the same with those companies also.
7. Research Things to Do in Your New Area
If moving to a new neighborhood, get familiar by researching the some best restaurants, cafes and activities in town. It will get you (and your loved ones) excited about the move while making you feel more at home. Reduce your stress during the home-buying process by working with a Team Dakoske agent.