Moving can be so stressful. Finding the time to pack and clean, especially with kids running around. However, the excitement for a new place and new adventures is the fun part. Trying to remember everything that you need to do before you head out of your old place can be overwhelming, to say the least. When moving I always say hope for the best but plan for the worst. I feel like planning for a small catastrophe always makes everything go smoother when it doesn’t happen. Here are five things to plan for before your big move.
Packing in Advance
Some people love packing and some people think that there is nothing worse than packing. Where do you fall? It’s a great time to declutter the house and get rid of things you recognize you haven’t been using. You can also try selling some of your things online to make some extra cash while decluttering. Depending on how far out your move is you may be able to start packing some things now. For example, if the temperatures are dropping you probably don’t need to keep your shorts readily accessible. Packing up all of your off-season clothes can help get your going. When packing makes sure you label boxes as you pack them with a room name. You can use labeling dots or with a sharpie. This will make it easier to unload and take boxes to a certain area of the house instead of just dropping everything in the living room. As the move gets closer, you will want to pack an “essentials” or “first-night” box for your new house. This is in the event that not all boxes get unpacked, you will be able to get to all of your must-haves such as medicines, paper goods to eat on that night and the next morning, chargers, and then any other personal additions specific to you and your family.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colorless and odorless. Radon testing is the only way to know if your house contains dangerous levels of radon is to test it. Long-term exposure to dangerous levels of radon frequently results in lung cancer and other respiratory problems. Radon testing is important to keep your family safe. You can usually buy radon testing kits in your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and some states even offer them online. Before moving into your new home be sure to test for radon to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Changing the Locks
If you are moving into a house that isn’t new, you will want to change all of the locks to keep strangers out. Some realtors offer this as part of their service so don’t hesitate to ask. Changing the locks will offer peace of mind knowing that only those you trust will have access to your home. On moving day you will want to make sure you see what kind of locks are on currently so when purchasing the new ones you are certain they will fit on the door.
Change of Address and Mail Forwarding
Before you move you will want to get a change of address form from the post office. If you know your new address and have a moving date this could be something you do in advance so you don’t miss anything. This is important to be aware of for any medical bills or anything important that may come in the mail. You will also want to head over to the Driver’s License Division building to get a new license or your new address. Most other things can be done online or over the phone. Before you move it may be a good idea to take note of any subscriptions, offices, and banks that send you things that will need to be notified of your new address.
Unpacking in Your New House
Depending on how you packed your old house will determine how unpacking goes. This is where the labeling previously mentioned will come in handy. Ideally, all of your boxes were labeled and taken to the right section of the house so you can unpack by room. This is also another good time to declutter if you had something packed for a long time and didn’t miss it is a good indicator if you can part with it. Unpacking and decorating your home can be fun for the family so you don’t have to do it alone. Letting everyone help you unpack will ensure that everyone will know where things are located in the new space so you don’t have to answer as many questions.
Moving can seem like a daunting and overwhelming task but prioritizing and packing strategically can help and aid a smoother move to your new place. When packing makes sure you are thinking and planning ahead by labeling boxes and decluttering as you go to avoid packing more than necessary. Leave out your items that you will need your first night and day at the new place in case you don’t have the opportunity to get fully unpacked in the new place. This will ensure all of the items you need will be easily accessible for you and your family. In your new home make sure you perform a radon test and change the locks to make sure your family is safe. Before your move, you will want to check with the post office to look into getting a change of address form to avoid missing any important mail, bills or information in your new home. Try making your unpacking smoother by having whoever is moving boxes from location to location is putting boxes in rooms on which they will be unpacked. This makes it so you don’t have to move boxes multiple times. A new move can be fun, exciting and a new adventure but it all starts with ensuring you get to your new place on the right foot and with as little mishaps as possible.