Growing up is hard to do, but moving houses is also listed as one of the most stressful events in an individual’s life. Check out this guide to help you prepare for the big move.
Four to six weeks before your scheduled moving day:
- De-clutter, sort, and dispose – To make packing easier, allot a day to sort out your things and dispose any items you no longer need. You can hold a garage sale, donate to charities, or give your pre-loved items to friends and family.
- Make a home inventory – This will help you keep tabs on all the belongings you’re bringing with you to your new home.
- Hire professional movers – Book with a moving company four to six weeks before moving day, if you plan on hiring one. If you’re taking the DIY approach, consider renting a truck for all your items.
- Transfer information – Remember to file a change of address form for certain utilities (telephone, internet, electricity, insurance, etc.) to avoid the hassle of dealing with them after your move. If you’re moving with your family, include schooling transfers.
- Purchase packing material.
Two to three weeks before moving day
- Start packing – Don’t forget to include your passport, property deeds, and other important items and documents.
- Remove any perishable goods from your home – This includes perishable foods. Should you make a trip to the grocery for the remainder of your stay, limit your repurchases.
- Confirm particulars with your moving company – If you rented a truck, then confirm with the rental company you hired for the specifics.
- Pack an overnight bag – Stash a change of clothes or two, your toiletries, travel documents, and money in a bag and take this with you as if you’re going on a vacation. This will help you access your belongings without having to open suitcases and boxes.
- Clean the place.
One day before your move
Double-check your packages and boxes to make sure you have everything you need. Inspect the place to see if you missed any spots to clean. Allot this day to smoothen out other transactions and just prepare for your big day.
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