If you are planning to move, you are probably aware how massive that undertaking is. There are tons of things you need to think about and do, so you may feel a bit overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to start and how to do it.
Fortunately, with a good plan, the move doesn’t have to be too stressful or complicated. All you need to do is remain calm and approach this issue like any other – calmly and well in advance. Real estate agents and other people in the housing industry deal with this all the time, so here are some useful tips gathered from a long and successful career.
Connect Your Utilities
Before you actually bring all of your possessions into the new house, you will probably want to call ahead and have your utilities connected. Things like electricity, heating, gas, and water are fairly essential, particularly the water and electricity if you want to stay in your new house. Heating can also be critical if you’re moving in winter.
Another important thing you will want up as soon as possible is your internet connection. A lot of things require constant internet connection, so have that sorted as soon as possible. While not as urgent and critical, you might forget about it in all the commotion and chaos, leaving you without internet for some time.
Change Your Address and Inform Everyone
You will want to redirect all of your mail and other important things towards your new address. That means that you should inform all the necessary institutions and companies about your move. The alternative can be not getting your mail or other things you need, especially if people who moved into your old house are a bit tardy when it comes to forwarding your mail.
Your friends and family should also be informed of your current address so that they could visit. A great way to let them know where you have moved is having a housewarming party once you’re settled. Not only can you have your friends and family visit, you can also have new neighbors come over and start getting to know these new people.
Pack a Utility Box
A really useful tip when moving is to pack all of your tools and other useful little things, like scissors, box cutters, and tape. This box is an excellent place to put things like nuts and bolts from your furniture because you will want to assemble it as soon as possible. Packaged in this box with other small items, they are far less likely to be lost than if you kept them with the bulky furniture parts.
Make New Keys
You were most likely given one set of keys with your house. However, if your family has more than two people, you will need more than that. Maybe you will all be at home that first day, helping out, but as soon as tomorrow, everyone will have things to do outside the house as well. Sharing keys is as tedious as it sounds, whereas cutting new keys is a 30-second process which you can have done pretty much anywhere. While you are at it, make a spare emergency key for your friends or family, just in case you need it at some later.
First Aid Box
Chances are that you won’t be able to finish unpacking everything in just one day. That means that you will probably be exhausted and not entirely sure what is where. However, if you pack this first aid box, it should have everything you need for the first day, like an overnight bag. A change of clothes, some basic hygiene products, towels, and bedding should all be included. This brilliant idea can be a real game changer.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you with your move. So, what are you waiting for? Get packing and good luck at your new home.