Moving is considered the third most stressful life event, following death and divorce. From the packing, to the lifting, to the loading, and to the reorganizing, it makes sense that people don’t look forward to this process! What makes it even more stressful is that there are so many tasks and responsibilities prior to the move, that people often become forgetful. Here is a list of items that should be taken care of before you move.
- Forward mail to your new mailing address. Waiting until you are in your new home delays the receipt of mail from your old address and actually increases your chances of losing new mail. The United States Postal Service recommends that you update your address within their system, several days in advance.
- Notify your friends, family, subscriptions, memberships, bank and other government institutions of your change of address. If you’d rather not have to chase down a package from a family member or deal with the fees associated with having mail forwarded, notify people and organizations ahead of time.
- Organize your finances. Make sure that you have a system in place that helps you ensure that you are making payments on time and tracking your bills. It’s possible that without a system, you may miss a payment in the whirlwind of the moving process. Don’t fall behind or damage your credit because of this misstep!
- Notify your insurance companies. Whether it’s car insurance, home insurance, renter’s insurance, or health insurance, notify your insurance company of your move. If you’re changing zip codes, your rates may change. Make sure your address is up to date so that you will remain covered.
- Cancel irrelevant recurring charges in your area. Whether it’s a gym membership or spa membership, anywhere you go that requires a monthly fee will need to either be updated with your new address or canceled if your new location does not have the same business.
- Take pictures of your belongings. Whenever you are working with movers, you want to ensure that your belongings remain intact. Professional movers are typically insured, so in case something does happen, you’re covered. Take pictures of the items the movers will be moving to make sure you will know if anything happens.
- Make a bag or box dedicated to what you will need the day of the move. Preparing ahead of time always helps you during the process. The bag or box can include toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, towels, cutlery, plates, sheets, and anything else you think you will need on moving day.
While movers can help you with packing, lifting, loading and unpacking, there are some tasks that we cannot help you with. These are the ones that involve your personal information and lifestyle needs, like the ones listed above. Take care of these before you move in order to streamline the moving process and comfortably settle into your new home!