The first thing you should do is to write down and list everything that needs to be done. Checking off everything as you do them will help prevent things from being missed. The first thing on your list should be to write down all of the very important information that it would be a disaster to lose. I am talking about bank account numbers, driving license numbers, insurance details, etc. This information should be both recorded in a spiral bound book and kept with you at all times. You could also place this information on a computer disk as a back up, and the disk should also be kept with you, or another traveling member of the family.
The next thing you need to do is to gather your packing materials. Pull together a supply of different sized boxes so you are able to maximize the space in each one without necessarily having a lot of unused space, meaning the contents can shift around inside them whilst on the moving. If you buy packing boxes from a moving company, you can probably return them later on and get a refund. You can also get boxes from local supermarkets or department stores, and these can be discarded once you have finished with them. But remember, ‘Green is the word’. So try to recycle if at all possible. No matter how many boxes you think you are going to need to pack everything, add 4 or 5 more to the total and put them aside for the last day of the move as you will find there will be a few items that you hadn’t taken into consideration.
Once you know how many boxes you are going to need, this will also help you to determine the size of the van you are going to need to hire if you plan to do the move yourself. When you choose the size of the van you are going to hire, you will need to determine whether you will need a tail-lift. This will cost you a few additional dollars, but it will also help save your back, since it won’t get damaged trying to lift a heavy washing machine 3 foot in the air to load into the back of the truck. Again, if you have friends who have just moved home recently find out if they hired a van, and learn from their experience. It may not always pay to hire the cheapest van if it is filthy and oily in the back. You may end up paying more for cleaning than you saved by hiring a cheaper van. Use the Internet to find van rental companies and compare pricing. Even better look for companies that offer online reviews. They may not all be 100% correct, but if you pay attention to the negative reviews you may be able to pull up a few red flags that you may want to consider before hiring a van.
If you are going to do the move yourself, you should try to enlist the help of family and friends if possible, especially to help you move the large and heavy items. Not only will this save you money, it can also potentially help save your furniture from damage when they are being dropped or dragged because you didn’t have enough hands on deck.
Moving your personal items from one location to another is not your only concern. You also need to notify the utility companies of your impending move. They will arrange to have your meters read on the move out day and this could save you some of the services charges if you forget and call them a few weeks later to shut off the service. It is also important to notify the utility suppliers of your new home of the date you are moving in so you ensure there is no interruption of service. There is nothing like soaking in a nice hot bath to each the aching muscles after a day of humping and dumping, so don’t let the fact that you have no water in your new home ruin your opportunity from benefiting from that hard-earned reward.
If you are currently renting your home ensure you give adequate notice so you are not paying double rent during the month of your move, or perhaps paying both rent and mortgage. Ensure you time the handover of the keys so you have time to move your belongings and have time to give a quick spring clean of the home before giving back the keys. Handing over a clean home will give your previous landlord a better impression of you, and if they are ever called upon to give any kind of written reference for you, you are more likely to have something positive written, than if you leave the landlord with a whole lot of your mess to clean up.
Finally make sure the post office knows of your forwarding address in advance of your leaving date. They can then automatically forward any written correspondence to your new address. Also contact any creditors you may have, your doctor, dentist, attorney and other important contacts to let them know your new address and date of taking up residency. This could save you any headaches of missing deadlines because of the delay in redirecting your mail.
So that is about it. I hope these tips help to make your move that much easier for you, and may I remind you one last time – make sure you have hot running water in your new home when you arrive so you can take that hot bath.