Don’t Forget These 5 Crucial Steps Before Your Next Move
Whether you're moving into your first apartment or stepping up to a bigger house, we have five important steps that can help make moving in a breeze. Try our tips to get your move under control.
Rent a storage unit before you move
A storage unit will make your life so much easier during a move. Maybe you need to vacate your current residence by a certain date, but you don't have time to get every single item moved into your new place. Or maybe you have furniture that's too big or that won't fit in your new apartment. A storage unit is the perfect place to keep your items safe until you're ready to move them permanently.
Have a friend keep your pets for a few days
Moving can be stressful for both pets and their owners. In fact, countless cats and dogs have escaped into unfamiliar neighborhoods on moving day. Ask a friend to keep your pets for a few days before, during and after your move. Pet boarding companies are also a great option for keeping your pets safe.
Add an extra day for cleaning
In all the planning before moving day, make sure to add at least one extra day for a thorough house cleaning before you move in. (See our tips for move-in cleaning to help you get started.) Otherwise, you could find your new space piled high with furniture that's difficult to clean around.
Plan your meals
If you'll be moving your fridge, make sure to start getting rid of food and defrosting your freezer one or two days ahead of time. Start by scaling back your shopping and working on the food you already have. You'll also need to think about meals for the days after you move in. With dishes and kitchenware packed in boxes, you'll want to plan for take-out and sandwiches for the next few days.
Make a checklist
Keep a checklist of all your moving tasks, and sort them by long term (one or two months before you move) and short term (one or two weeks before you move). In the long term, you should research moving companies, look for new doctors and service providers, and start selling, donating or packing your things. In the short term, schedule your utilities to be disconnected or transferred, and submit your change of address form. As you come up with more tasks, add them to your list so you can tackle each one as it gets closer.
Moving doesn't have to be a nightmare. With a little pre-planning, you'll be set for a smooth and hassle-free move.