Nine Musts Before You Move…

before you move

Most of us move several times, if not dozens of times in our lives. And, it’s stressful. However, there are a few things you can do to make your move as stress free as possible. We’ve put together a list of nine things you need to do before you move that most people tend to leave until the last minute.

1. Connect your internet

Living in a new house without internet can be very frustrating and inconvenient, for you and your kids, so save yourself the stress and connect early.

2. Set-up your utilities

The following need to be set-up before you move:

  • electric
  • gas
  • water
  • garbage/recycling

The following are dependent upon your home and lifestyle choices:

  • water treatment service
  • cable
  • phone

Click here for a list of Rochester utility providers.

3. Have a plan for children & pets

Moving is stressful for children and pets. Try and line someone up to take care of them for the day. Caring for them is one less stress you need to tackle on moving day.

4. Update friends & family with your new contact info

Send a text message or email notifying people of your new address and phone number so the important people in your life can contact you.

5. Change your address

It’s best to do this as early possible so you don’t have to rely on others to forward your mail. Notify the post office immediately of your new address and then contact businesses and government bodies individually and promptly to make sure your mail is going to the correct place. Don’t forget to…

  • update magazine or box-style subscriptions
  • contact your car insurance provider to change your address
  • update your voter registration information
  • let your bank know you’ve moved
  • get a new driver’s license with your new address

6. Pack an unpacking box

This box should contain any tools you might need to construct furniture, labeled ziplock bags with screws from furniture you dismantled in the move, scissors, screwdrivers, masking tape, dust cloths and cleaning supplies. Having these items all in the same box will save you time and your sanity when setting up your new home.

7. Update your homeowner’s insurance

When you move it’s important to contact your insurance provider to make sure you’re covered for the duration of the move. Your current home insurance policy should end the day after you’ve moved out and your next insurance policy should start the day before you move.

8. Have spare keys cut

Do this as soon as you have the keys to your new house. Moving days are stressful and busy so it’s easy for keys to get lost or locked inside your new home, especially without an established routine. Have a set of keys cut for each member of your family and maybe even a spare.

9. Pack a first night box

Just as important as the unpacking box, the first night box is essential to a successful move. It should contain a change of clothing, basic toiletries, toilet paper, pjs, towels, bed linens and any other essentials you may require, like children’s lovies or a special snack. Having these items at-hand can make such a big difference in the comfortability of your first night in your new home.

If you’re considering a move, we’d love to meet with you and talk you through the process. Contact us to set up a meeting today.

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