Get a pen and paper ready! It’s time to start making your checklist for moving into a new house. From budgeting for the move to preparing for life in your new home, there’s a never-ending list of things to do when moving to a house for the first time. If you’re in the process of preparing your moving checklist, be sure to include these 21 easy-to-miss steps.
Before moving into a new house, don’t forget to take a look at the blueprint of your new home. Measure all interior spaces, as well as your furniture. This way, you’ll know exactly what belongings will fit where in your new home. You’ll also be able to better direct your movers where to place all your furnishings.
A few weeks before moving, contact your utility service providers to let them know about your move. While you have them on the phone, go ahead and schedule your disconnect and connect dates for gas and electricity. Additionally, you should contact your cable and internet service provider, as well as your security system provider to schedule an installation date after the move. For more information, check out our Moving Utilities Center.
Want a less expensive move? Choose a mid-week, mid-month moving date when hiring professional movers or renting a moving truck. Also, avoid peak moving season when rates are typically higher. Instead, aim for a move between October and April when demand is lowest.
Don’t forget to forward your snail mail before a move. Otherwise, you could end up missing out on important bills, letters, and packages. To forward your mail before the move, go to USPS.com and choose the date you wish to begin receiving mail at your new address.
Hiring a moving company? Don’t overlook their list of unallowable. These items typically include aerosol cans, paints, pesticides, cleaning solvents, scuba tanks, propane tanks, fire extinguishers and fertilizer – just to name a few. Be sure to check with your moving company for specifics.
If you’re packing your belongings without labeling the boxes, you’re making a huge mistake. All fragile items should be labeled as such to avoid becoming damaged while en route. Items should also be labeled according to their corresponding rooms, such as “kitchen,” “bathroom,” etc.
Using damaged boxes or the wrong boxes is a big mistake when moving. Certain items, such as your television, mirrors, and artwork may require a specific type of moving box (think: telescope boxes). They also may require professional packing. So before purchasing any moving supplies, visit Moving.com’s box center to find the appropriate boxes for the job.
Don’t overlook your new city’s schools. If you have school-age children, be sure to do your research on both the neighborhood’s public and private schools before moving. For school ratings with GreatSchools, check here.
Don’t forget to find new healthcare providers when you move. I suggest first asking your current primary care physician for any recommendations they may have in your new city. If they don’t have recommendations, check with your health insurance company to find a doctor that is in your network of providers.
Before moving, I suggest researching pharmacies in your new neighborhood or city. You’ll need to contact your current pharmacy to let them know you’re moving. You also may want to take your doctor’s written prescriptions with you. This way, you can bring them to your new pharmacy once you move.
Amid a chaotic move, it can be easy to forget to change your billing addresses and subscription addresses. However, unless you want your magazines delivered to the wrong house or your credit cards declined, I recommend changing your address as soon as possible.
Don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your self-storage unit. If you’re downsizing or not ready to toss your items, I recommend researching storage facilities near you. When reserving a self-storage unit, find one that offers top-notch security features, as well as a climate-controlled environment.
If you’re planning on taking your plants with you on the move (and crossing state lines), you’ll need to check with your moving company for specific rules and regulations. Many states regulate which plants are allowed across their borders. For more information on state regulations and plant transportation, check out the National Plant Board’s website.
Chances are good that you’re not going to want to sift through hundreds of boxes for pajamas and a toothbrush. For this reason, don’t forget to pack an essentials bag for your first night or week in your new home. The suitcase should include a few changes of clothes, PJs, toiletries, pet essentials, baby essentials, and medicine.
Before you move, don’t forget to do one last sweep of your old place. Once you’ve made sure everything is packed or tossed, you’ll need to do a deep clean of the home. This should include vacuuming all floors, cleaning out the fridge and wiping down surfaces.
Before you start packing, I recommend getting your home organized. Any items that won’t be necessary for the new home should be set aside for either donating, selling or storing. If you have a slew of belongings that need to be disposed of, trying hosting a garage sale before the move. Having less stuff to move will only make your relocation less stressful and less expensive.
Planning on tipping your movers? While it’s certainly not required, many people choose to tip their movers for a job well done. If tipping, be sure to grab cash before the move. For advice on how much to tip, check here.
Moving with a pet? Don’t overlook your furbaby’s needs. Be sure to pack a bag or box of pet essentials, as well as a crate if needed. Pet essentials may include pet food, toys, bones, kitty litter, etc.
Moving to a new state? You’ll need to get a new driver’s license as soon as possible. You’ll also need to register your vehicle and let your car insurance know about your change in address. My advice is to visit your new city’s DMV website to find rules and deadlines within the first week of your move.
Don’t forget to let your friends and family know you’ve moved! While you can certainly send out an official moving announcement through the mail, it may be easiest to email or text all contacts with your new address.
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