Moving day always brings with it, a big wave of emotions. It is the end of a long vacation, the start of a new life, the start of something fresh and new. There are many things people forget to do when moving to a new home. Some are obvious and others are less so. Here are some to think about if you forgot these important steps to packing for moving to a new home:
Be sure to have insurance for all your possessions in the home. Insurance is important in case something happens to a significant item in your home during the move. You want to be sure that if your house was ever vandalized that your personal items would be replaced. Also, don’t forget to check to be certain that there are no liens or judgments on your mortgage or the title. If you ever feel uncomfortable about a particular aspect of your home’s condition when moving into it, discuss it with your new lender or real estate agent. They can probably help you determine if there is something you need to do.
Hire moving services. Yes, moving services cost money but moving costs are usually spread out over several months and they don’t add up to the same thing every month. Think of it this way: moving day one, you pay your mover, and the next day, they pay the movers again. Two months later, that the bill adds up to quite a bit. Take advantage of moving services by hiring an agency to do all the work for you. They will manage your packing, loading, and unloading, and will make sure that nothing gets damaged in the process.
Make a moving checklist. Everyone makes a moving checklist, and those people keep adding things to it as they move closer to their new home. Make yours as well. It will help you remember important steps that you’ve forgotten along the way and remind you not to skip any important steps that will slow down your moving.
Read through your new home contract. Sometimes, people forget to read their contract, and end up violating it or getting into trouble for it. Be sure to read through your contract, because things like hidden fees and other issues can be very easily misunderstood.
Pack your moving essentials box. A moving essentials box is a package that contains all of your most important belongings before you leave your home. It helps you to avoid having to rent multiple boxes. Keep in mind that your box should include all of the following: passport, debit cards, driver’s license, temporary residence card, utility bills, contact information, and your insurance cards (if you have them.) So make sure that your essentials box includes these items.
Set a moving date. Moving day is always a busy day. Most people forget to plan ahead and schedule moving days even if they know about it a week ahead of time. You never know when you might experience last minute problems with your house move. Make sure to plan ahead.
Box up everything that you need. If you forgot to pack a pair of shoes, don’t worry, you’ll find that cardboard boxes are a great way to keep everything together. Some people bring blankets and pillows with them. But, if you’re bringing a lot of new items, you’ll want to leave everything loose and out of the box. Remember that you’ll need room for your new furniture.
Label everything. This step is especially important if you need to bring something from your home to your new home. Before you begin to move, you will want to label all of your cardboard boxes, bags, and other containers with your name, phone number, and directions to your new home. You’ll also want to label your furniture such as couches, chairs, and tables. As well, make sure that you take a picture of everything with your cell phone before packing it so that you don’t forget anything.
Organize clutter. The last step in moving house organization is to get rid of anything that you haven’t used in a while or that you haven’t seen in years. Clutter can make a moving house seems like an unfinished project. It will also make your household move seems like a huge jumble of chaos. So before you begin packing, be ready to sort through all of your things and clear out your closet. As well, be prepared to throw away expired items as you clear out your home.
These are the biggest mistakes that many people make when moving house. Don’t make them. Keep moving at a steady pace, keep organized, and don’t forget to label everything. By doing so, you can ensure that your moving checklist will give you the time needed to move without running into any problems. Good luck!