Moving Into A New Home Checklist
- Choose your new home. It will help you decide further on what to pack, what area is suitable for a job (and school) search, what sort of utility changes you will have to make, etc. Knowing the size of your home and the floor plan will help you determine how much space you have and where to position furniture. Having a neighborhood on your mind, could narrow down your job search, if you don’t want to travel far from home. And finally, utility companies function only within certain states so you may have to switch to a new company for a service or two.
- Make a list with the items to be moved. It may sound tiresome and futile, but when you ask for a moving cost estimate, this is exactly what the moving company will want from you as well. How else would they be able to determine the cost of your move and how much time it could take? An inventory list could also be helpful to you in order to determine how much and what sort of packing materials you will need, as well as how much time approximately it could take, if you will be doing the packing yourself. Also, prepare an open-first box.
- Set a moving date. Once you have where to go, arrange (it is possible to do it with a moving company) when to relocate. When you move into a new home, the whole experience could be much easier if you have reliable movers by your side to help you and support you. Besides, you don’t need to choose the highest possible quote – movers have different rates and an average estimate could mean a professional moving company you could rely on.
- If you have budget restrictions, avoid holidays, weekends and summer months when more people move and relocation costs could go higher with 20%. These times may be more convenient for you to use, but could cost you more money. Here are more ways to save money when moving, if you wish to spend less on your relocation.
- Organize the home cleaning. You could hire a cleaning company for your new house or flat, or do it yourself, whichever you prefer. Still, a move could be quite tiresome and having someone to do the cleaning could come out to be a relief for you. Imagine having to unpack a whole lot of bags and boxes and not being able to do it because your home needs a good cleaning first.
- Arrange someone to take care of your kids and pets on moving day. You may cherish them and love them to bits but on the day of your move they could distract you or slow you down (or the movers). A family member or a friend who your kids/ pets know is a good choice, because when being away from home they need to feel safe and secure, so you should choose someone that you trust.
- Using movers is strongly advised. Movers can make the move faster than you and do the work instead of you. If you want to hire a relocation firm, give them a floor plan so they know where to unload your boxes and furniture and tape notes by each door which room it is – living room, bedroom, kids’ room, etc. to make it easier for the movers.
- At your new home check if all appliances and switches work properly and change the locks just in case. Unpack, assemble and get the bed ready first. Once you’re exhausted from the move you will surely just want to get some rest rather than do more work to put the bed together.
- Organize a goodbye party. This could be a great chance for you to meet your friends and have some good time before you depart. After all, you will most probably not have the opportunity to meet them as often as you could before.