Moving can be a frustrating and time consuming task. Although moving requires a lot of effort, organization, and preparation, these are two ways you can make your summer move easier and more manageable. Read on for 10 moving tips that will benefit you during your summer move.
10 Tips for Your Summer Move
1. Get As Organized As Possible
The mere thought of moving can be overwhelming. To avoid rushing to complete a last minute move, you need to start planning your move as early as six months, and plan to move your utilities at least four weeks in advance. Your utilities, including cable service, needs to have a set disconnection date. If you are moving to a location in the same city or state, it will be easy to transfer your services. If you are moving out of state, further planning for your utilities will be required. Check to see if some or all of your utility companies are based where you are moving. In the event the utility providers are not the same, you may have to pay deposits. In any event, you will need to inform your current and future utility providers about your moving plans. Try to give both utility providers a specific date and time regarding when you plan to move.
2. Get Moving Quotes
If you plan on getting a professional to help you move your valuables and other belongings, you should conduct research and receive quotes from at least three moving companies. The least expensive deal is not always your best option, and the most expensive deal does not guarantee the best service. You should ask each moving company plenty of questions to ensure your moving needs will be met. A few things you need to inquire about are insurance, packing supplies, and the price. If you require extended moving services, including packing and unpacking. Be sure to ask about these services beforehand.
3. Storing Important Documents
Important documents become a primary concern when it is time to move. If you have children, you will want to keep up with birth certificates, social security cards, and school records. Make copies of these documents and keep them in a labeled file or document folder. For an added layer of security, you can scan your important documents and save them on a USB flash drive or other device.
4. Change of Address
Make sure you inform the post office of your move. There is an online form you can complete to ensure your mail is transferred from one address to the other. Do not wait until the last minute to change your address. You should submit your change of address form at least two weeks before you move to your new residence. An address change is necessary to ensure you can be reached via postal mail by doctors, employers, and creditors.
5. Take Inventory of Your Belongings
One of the most important things you need to do to prepare for your move is take inventory of your belongings. This is the perfect time to decide what you would like to keep and which items you would like to throw away. The items you decide not to keep can be sold for extra money if the items are gently used. Label bags and boxes of items you are selling or giving away to remain organized throughout your move. If you are not interested in hosting a garage sale, you can bag or box your unwanted items and donate them to charity.
6. Start Packing Your Belongings
Start packing your belongings at least two to three weeks before your big moving day. You will need time to properly secure and pack your belongings and valuables to ensure they are not damaged during the move. Items, such as winter clothing can be packed and set aside because you will not need them for a while, especially during the summer. If you have other items that will not be used for a while before and after your move, package them and set them aside so they are not in your way.
7. Long Distance Moving
If you are moving long distance, you will need to make more preparations than a person who is not moving long distance. When you are moving long distance, you should invest in insurance for your items. Food and liquids should not be packed on a long distance move. Food and liquid can spoil and attract rodent and vermin. Instead of throwing your belongings in a box and sealing it, organize your items. If you are hiring professional movers, there is a good chance your items will be handled by multiple people. Organizing your belongings in a box is a great way to prevent damage during the transition from one home to another.
8. Make Arrangements for Your Pets
Traveling in a vehicle long distance with your pet may not be the best idea. Consider other options, including putting your pet on a plane. It may seem unnecessary, but your pet’s safety and comfort is what matters most. Although you may want your pet to travel with you if you are driving, a long drive can cause your pet to become stressed and depressed. When you place your pet on a plane, they are safer and you will not have to worry about your pets being uncomfortable or cramped for a long period of time. Flying to a destination takes less time than driving.
9. Double Check for Forgotten Items
Before you say your final goodbyes to your home, double to check to make sure you have gotten rid of everything in your home. Whether you decided to have a garage sale, give some of your belongings to friends and relatives or donate items to charity, make sure you do not leave anything behind. Check every room in your home, every closest, and every storage area to make sure your home is clear of your belongings.
10. Hire a Professional Cleaning Company
After you have packed all of your belongings and they are out of the way, hire a professional cleaning company. It may seem like a waste of money, but a clean home when you move out means you are a prime candidate for getting your deposit back. Your deposit can be your refund for hiring the cleaning company and any remaining funds can be used towards your move.
Considering these facts can give you a boost on your summer move and help you throughout your move whether you are moving a long distance or around the corner. Following each of these tips will help you stay on track during your move.