Moving from one home to another is a daunting experience that is inevitable for all of us at some point. Whether you’re looking to upgrade for your growing family or have recently become empty nesters and it’s time to downsize, moving can be both stressful and hectic. You can ensure a smooth move by following these tips!
Before you move there are many things to organize and plan. Following these steps will help the actual day go by without a hitch:
- Decide if you’re going to hire a mover for the big day. If you choose to go with professional help, make sure to book them as soon as you’re able. Having a quality and dependable moving company can make all of the difference when moving homes. Here are some of the most reputable companies in the Albuquerque area:
- If you aren’t going in the direction of a moving company and are opting to do it all yourself, instead, you should strongly consider renting a moving truck for yourself. This will significantly cut the amount of time you’ll be using to drive back and forth from the old house to the new. Unsure about where to begin looking at quotes? For decades, U-Haul has been serving the Albuquerque area with consistency and quality costumer service.
- Once you have the moving company and/or truck lined up, it’s time to make your lists. Seriously, make a list for everything. What should be packed up first and what needs to stay out until the last minute? Which items should go into the overnight bag? What errands and miscellaneous tasks need to be handled before moving day? What materials are still needed for packing? And speaking of materials, do you know what you’ll be needing? Make sure to have plenty of boxes, packing tape, permanent markers and scissors on hand!
- Other items that are important to keep on hand are towels. Don’t pack these! Instead, use them to wrap up breakable items.
- Make sure to save time to make trips to your local donation centers. There will be plenty of items that don’t make the move with you (this is a good thing!).
- Make sure you are diligent about the tasks that need to get taken care of in advance:
-Change your address with the post office. You can choose to do this online here.
-Switch over any existing utilities and create accounts for necessary new ones.
-Notify lenders and doctors of your new address. Are you switching providers? Remember to have all of your records transferred.
-Update your diver’s license either in person or online.
-Find your new polling place and register to vote- it’s an election year! You can register and find all of the information you need here.
- Once you’ve got everything prepped and ready to go, it’s time to start packing! This is something we’ve all done before but don’t forget the basics that will make your unpacking life easier:
-Label every box! You can’t be too specific with this! This will not only help when you’re unpacking but will also help everyone know what room in the new house the box should be put in.
-Take the drawers out of your dresser and put them right into the moving truck. No need to pack and then unpack the clothes inside. Also, garbage bags make for a great substitute for wardrobe bags to transfer all of the clothes hanging in the closet.
-As previously mentioned before, don’t forget a designated bag for the personal belongings, clothes and any food you might need the night before the move while everything else is packed.
Come moving day, there is a little bit of coordinating to be done. Make sure you put the most organized member of the family in charge!
- Always make sure there is someone at the new house to serve as a contact for the movers and anyone helping that might need to know where things go.
- Pack lots of snacks for the kids. Have someone in charge of watching the little ones who can’t help or have them stay with a friend for a couple of hours. What’s most important is that they’re being taken care of!
- If you have pets, especially dogs, try and get them to spend the day with someone you trust. Moving back and forth is something that tends to stress the furriest member of the family out. When you do bring them to the new house, make sure to take them in the car they’re most used to in order to provide them with some familiarity. Also, if you’re able to show them around the neighborhood a couple of times before you move, they’ll already feel more comfortable when the change becomes permanent!
Once you’ve moved everything in and have finished unpacking, take a deep breath and relax! Now it’s time for the fun part: meeting the new neighbors and turning your house into a home! Congratulations!
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