Moving Checklist: 5 Tips to Simplify Your Next Move
How often have you said, “This is the last time I’m moving,” after a move? Few things are more anxiety-inducing and exhausting. The good news is that we can help. And if you want to do it alone, follow these guidelines to make it easier on yourself.
- SET AND APPLY BUDGET
Know how much you’re willing to invest in the move. Create a checklist of essential items you want covered.
Ideally, you will set your moving budget two months ahead of time. If you’re moving for work, negotiate your relocation assistance so that you’re accounting for not only the move but for temporary housing until you find a new place. (This is a great book on negotiation, by the way.)
- MOVERS VS. DIY
Most people don’t have the resources, the time, or the energy to execute a move by themselves. This is why professional movers will never go out of style.
If you decide to hire movers, however, be thorough.
- Research local options
- Compare prices and services
- Establish a timeline
- Discuss cancellation policies and liability coverage
- Check Yelp or BBB ratings
The hybrid approach to moving is something like PODS, a service where you can fill a storage container in your driveway at your own pace, and a truck will pick it up and move it for you.
Either way, decide on a company at least four weeks before moving.
Depending on your perspective, decluttering is either the most cathartic or most painful part of the moving process. Tossing old items that you no longer need is tedious, but it’s like shedding unnecessary mental baggage.
Also, this is not what you want to procrastinate on.
- TIE UP LOOSE ENDS
About three weeks before the move, follow up with the moving company (if you chose one) to make sure everything is on schedule. Then take care of any regular service/maintenance providers who may need to be informed of your move. Think landscapers, Internet service providers, the alarm system company, and other utilities. Also, go to USPS and fill out a change-of-address form, and do the same at the bank, on Amazon Prime, etc.
- TIME TO GO
If you didn’t put anything off, departure day should be calm aside from any sentimental feelings you have about leaving your place.
Also, it’s good karma to leave a note or gift for the next people who occupy your house or apartment!
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