Whether it is for a new job, to be close to family, or for another reason altogether, tens of millions of Americans move annually. Moving is necessary from time to time, but that doesn’t mean it is easy.
There is a lot of stress involved, and there is a lot you need to do before, during, and after the move. While tools like UMoveFree can help find the right place to live, you still have to juggle a lot of responsibilities and ensure nothing gets forgotten.
In an effort to help your next move go as smoothly as possible, this blog post is going to serve as an essential checklist to help you move easier. We will cover a couple of tips that are sure to help moving be as stress-free and simple as possible.
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Make a List of Everything You Need to Move
With moving being one of the most stressful events in your life, using lists can be a big help to keep you organized. They can ensure you keep track of things, and you can easily cross or check off things when they’re done.
In particular, you should make a list of everything you need to pack and move. This list might be long, but it is a good way to ensure that nothing is fixed or forgotten. In general, it is a good idea to make these lists room by room, to keep things together and ensure nothing slips your mind.
Also, while deciding what to add to your list, it is a good idea to go through everything you have. Most of us have a ton of stuff that we don’t actually need, and packing it up to move simply doesn’t make sense. Go through all your clothing, electronics, and various household goods, and see what you want to keep, and what can be sold or donated.
While moving things is a very important part of the process, it isn’t the only one. Another crucial part of any move is to make sure your utilities are switched or canceled. This includes things like your power, energy, internet, and water.
If you don’t switch or cancel the utilities at your old location, you could end up paying for somewhere you don’t even live anymore, or having to deal with a dispute of some kind. Also, if you wait too long to change addresses or switch service, you may not be able to move in when you want to.
To be safe, reach out to utility companies as soon as your move is official to let them know when to switch over your utilities to the new address, to keep everything in order. This is something many people forget about, and it can make the last week or two before a move more frustrating than they need to be.
When a big event is coming up like a move, it is a good idea to come up with a plan. If you try and go at it without a plan at all, there are likely going to be some things that are forgotten and missed. You need a plan for packing, for unpacking, for how to actually organize the move, and much more.
Take time at least a few weeks in advance to come up with the plan, and write it out. Make sure everyone in your family and anyone else helping with the move is also aware of the plan.
By using this checklist, you can ensure you are ready to move and can keep the whole ordeal as stress-free as possible.