You’ve settled on your new home and it’s moving time! Here are some important things to remember that will make your move as easy as possible.
Whether you’re going to move yourself or plan to hire a professional there is certainly going to be some expenses involved. Your first step is to get at least 3 quotes from different moving companies (or truck rental companies) so that you are sure to have enough money in reserve for the big day. If you have decided to do it yourself this is one time that you’re going to need plenty of help! One thing to remember, moving over the weekend and planning to work on Monday is going to be tough. If at all possible try to take at least one day’s leave from work so that you have a day to rest, moving is exhausting!
Do Your Homework
If you have children than you will need to enroll them in their new school. You’d be surprised how many people tend to overlook this when planning a move. Make sure that you receive any required school records or other forms before moving day. There’s no sense in making a return trip to the old school once you are settled into your new home. You also don’t want a lapse in your children’s school attendance just because of poor planning on your part.
Protect Your Belongings
If you have made the decision to use a professional mover than you need to make certain that you have an accurate record of everything that’s going on the truck. High end items should be itemized before you place your items into the custody of the mover and be certain that the company has adequate insurance to cover your losses in the event of damage or “misplaced” items. I suggest taking photos as further proof that the items were in fact part of the move.
Turn it Off – Turn it On!
The last thing you need is to move into your new home without power and water! Make sure that you have the new utilities scheduled to be turned on as soon as possible. Of course you’ll want to discontinue service to your old residence as well. No sense in paying 2 utility bills, right?
Prepare Items for a Safe Move
There are many items that must be prepared properly before they can be transported. Lawn movers and other fuel powered machinery should not contain gasoline, oil or other liquids during transport and certain valuables such as jewelry, cash, required medications and delicate electronics might be better off in your possession. You also need to be aware of any dangerous or restricted items during transport such as pesticides, household chemicals, ammunition and firearms. This is especially important if you are moving across state lines.
Is Your Car Road Ready?
If you need to drive your personal vehicle(s) to your new residence make sure that you won’t encounter any mechanical problems along the way. A thorough check by a certified mechanic might save you a lot of time and trouble.
Change Your Address!
Don’t forget to change your address. You can do it online through the U.S. Postal Service in just a few minutes so that you won’t miss any important mail. Also, don’t forget to tell your friends and family, doctors, schools, your favorite magazines and so on. The list goes on forever if you really think about it so plan this well in advance!
Research Your New Neighborhood
Making a move is a lot easier if you do a little research before actually arriving. Know where all of the essentials are such as grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals and other important services. This will make the first few days in your new home a lot easier to deal with as you become familiar with your new surroundings.
Get to Your Money
If you are happy with your current banking institution than you will need to find out if there is a local and convenient branch near your new home. If there isn’t and you will need to find a new bank than this is a perfect time to use online banking if it’s available at your current provider (which it most probably is). This is a great way to stay up to date with your finances while you’re on the move.
Save those Receipts!
Regardless of the time of year that you are moving tax time will come again and you might be in for some nice tax deductions as a result of buying and moving to your new home! Aside from the usual tax advantages of buying a new home the moving expenses may be deductible as well so put those receipts in a safe place!