The weather is great and kids are out of school, now is the ideal time to move to your next home! In general, moving is a stressful thing but can be even more tiring and stressful during the hot summer days! Whether you use professional movers, friends or do it yourself, here are some tips to help you move in less time and enjoy your new home!
1. Planned Packing! Plan to UNPACK before you pack. Make sure to use boxes to pack one room at a time, then label them accordingly to which room it will go in the new home. As you unload the truck, take the boxes for each room directly where the belong. Also, remember to move furniture and large items before you move small boxes.
2. Electronics & Furniture! One of the biggest challenges people face during unpacking is how to setup their entertainment systems or put together furniture again. Take pictures of electronic hook-ups and label the wires as you unplug them. As far as furniture goes, just tape the screws next to the holes when dissembling. This will create fewer headaches when putting everything together at the new home.
3. Book a moving van/truck! Make sure to book your rental van/truck as early as possible. You don’t want to wait until last minute and risk high rates or no vehicle availability.
4. Food & Water! This is a no brainier but people do forget. Make sure to drink lots of fluids, water is the best since it will keep you hydrated and cool. As far as food goes, cooking should be the last thing on your mind, plan to eat out to eliminate some stress.
5. Children & Pets. If you have young children or pets, plan ahead for day care or a sitter on the day of the move. This will help you remain calmer and complete the unpacking process more efficiently.
6. Utilities. Make sure to transfer the utilities to your name at least 1-2 weeks prior to your move in date. This is ensure that the A/C will be working as you unpack.
7. Mail. Notify the U.S. postal service of your new address as soon as possible. You can simply go online to https://www.usps.com/umove/ and request forwarding service. The post office will also send you various coupons that could come in very handy at the new home.
8. Meet your neighbors. Introduce yourself to your neighbors during your move in. They will be a great resource to learn about local restaurants, shopping, activities, etc.