How to Get Ready for Moving Day
Moving day is one of the busiest, most stressful times in many people’s lives. There’s a lot to do, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are some moving tips to help you prepare and make your move go as smoothly as possible.
Set Up Your Utilities
Telling utility companies when you’ll be leaving lets you stop paying bills for your current address after moving day. It also helps you avoid moving into a dark house with no heating, air, or internet service. If the same companies service your new address, updating your location is easy. You can also consider a new provider.
Pack Stuff Yourself
Packing things yourself can save you money, even if you intend to hire a company to move everything. It also lets you keep strangers from going through your personal items and make sure everything gets handled carefully. Use disposable boxes for anything you plan to use right after you move, and get plastic containers for things that will probably stay stowed away. Label the boxes to make unpacking easier.
Store all of your most important documents together, and keep them with you while you travel. Protect breakable items with soft packing material. You can also save some space by surrounding them with clothing. Pack the things you use least, such as clothes for a different season, before the items you use most, such as electronics, toiletries, and work clothes. If you want to use a professional moving company, check online reviews carefully.
Get Rid of Some Things
Items you don’t use anymore can increase your moving expenses and create clutter in your new home. For example, there’s no reason to keep your child’s baby clothes if they’re in college. Donate these old items to people in need, and get a donation receipt so you can deduct them when you file your taxes. If you’re feeling sentimental, take some pictures of your stuff before you donate it.
Protect Kids and Pets on Moving Day
Watching kids or pets while trying to move can be especially hard. Ask a friend or family member to watch them, or use daycare for kids or animals. You can also place pets in a quiet room until you’re ready to travel or give your little ones some small tasks to keep them occupied.
Before you move, let kids know what will happen, and give them a chance to check out your new home in person or view some pictures online. That way, they won’t feel shocked by a sudden change. If you bought a new pet carrier, put it on the floor a few days before your move and put a few treats inside. This can help keep your pet calm when it’s time to place them in the carrier for your journey.
Check Permit Requirements
Some cities require a moving permit for people who want to park a moving truck in front of an apartment or another place with limited parking. Without one, you might end up having to pay some hefty fines. You also may not be able to find parking for your moving truck near your new home. With most moving permits, you’ll get temporary ‘No Parking’ signs that let you reserve two spaces next to each other for your truck.
Use these tips to make your moving day much easier to handle. The more you prepare before the big day, the less you’ll have to worry about when it arrives.