When you’re planning to move, there are a few things to consider to have a successful, stress-free experience:
Make a List of Your Belongings:
Taking inventory helps you stay organized and keep better track of your belongings. It will also come in handy for your homeowners’ insurance needs. You can find home inventory checklists online that you can customize. It is helpful if you sort your list by rooms (don’t forget your outdoor belongings). Also include copies of important documents. Remember, freezers and refrigerators must be emptied when the big day arrives.
Before You Start Packing:
Use an online packing calculator to estimate how many boxes you will need, or bring in a professional mover to give you a detailed estimate. Usually someone who lives in a small studio may need less than 20 boxes, while a family in a 3-bedroom home may need from 80-100. The longer you’ve lived in a home, the more boxes you’ll need because you tend to accumulate more items.
Boxing It Up:
Separate your items by room, by category and by how soon you may need to access them. Use proper packing materials and make sure the items you pack are clean and dry. Place heavy items in smaller boxes, or place them at the bottom of a box with lighter items on top. Label every box to indicate the room where it belongs and its contents, and important notes as “Fragile” or “This Side Up”.
Renting a Truck:
You can find calculators online to estimate the right truck size you’ll need. Generally, a cargo van is enough for a small studio, while a 12-foot truck works for apartments or small homes, and a 22-foot truck is best for a three- to five-bedroom home.
Who to Notify About the Move:
Informing specific organizations and individuals of your upcoming change of address is essential for ensuring a smooth move and avoiding future problems. Here’s a list of who to contact when moving:
1. Family and friends
2. Current employer
3. Utilities like electricity, gas, water, telephone, cable, Internet, domestic waste collection and other municipal services you may need
4. Postal service, to have your mail forwarded to your new place
5. Department of Motor Vehicles
6. Government agencies (Social Security Administration, the electoral register, and other relevant institutions)
7. The International Revenue Service
8. Financial institutions
9. Insurance companies
10. Medical and educational facilities
11. Subscription services and clubs
12. Your landlord, if you live in a rental home
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