So, you’re moving to a new home. Ah, the joy, the excitement - and so much hard work. Moving to a new location involves a large amount of preparation, organization, time and physical effort. With so many big things to think about, a number of small yet very important details tend to get overlooked and complicate matters further down the road, once you realize your error.
All of these common mistakes can be easily avoided with a bit of timely planning. The important thing to understand is that relocating from one place to another is a process, and the sooner you start off the process the more time you will have to properly plan and arrange all the details. Ideally, you will begin planning for a move as soon as you set the date, and even if it’s still months away, it is never too soon to at least consider all the details. With this in mind, here’s a brief checklist of often neglected details that need to be addressed.
Moving all of your personal belongings will probably include a large volume of items, mostly packed into generic cardboard boxes. Without proper labeling, you may find yourself in your new home with a huge amount of boxes that all look the same, not having the faintest idea where to find anything you may need. Instead of blindly checking each box and thus wasting a lot of time and nerves, take the time to smartly group and precisely label the contents of each box. Additionally, you may also consider a planned out loading order, so that your packed belongings are already sorted in a logical manner at your new location.
Once you move into a new home, regardless of your preparations, chances are you will be surrounded by a mountain of boxes waiting to be unpacked and sorted. Don’t worry, settling in is a process and all those boxed items will eventually find a logical place in your new home. On the other hand, some items you will need straight away, and it’s important to be able to reach those items without having to organize a comprehensive box inspection for each of them. Before you move, think of all the things you will need on your first day in a new home. Whether it’s your coffee maker, a comfy change of clothes, or your favorite plant, there are things that are either essential to our everyday rhythm or simply make a place feel like home, and you will want those things close at hand.
It is not a commonly known fact, but Fridays are by far the busiest days for moving companies. It makes sense if you think about it, since moving on Friday gives you a whole weekend to unpack and settle into your new home. If you haven’t planned ahead, it may leave you without any transport options for your move, or force you into a steeply priced deal. To avoid the traffic and ensure that everything goes to plan, do some scouting and schedule your house move in advance. A moving company can even help you pick the optimal time for a move for a smooth and stress-free relocation process.
One thing that commonly gets neglected in the whole hubbub of packing and unpacking is notifying all relevant parties of your relocation. Of course, your closest friends and relatives will be aware of your plans, but there are many other individuals and institutions that require this information. Whether it is your post office, bank, your work office, insurers, or any number of neighbors and acquaintances who might need to get in touch - think of any party that needs to know about your move. This is best done as soon as you have a set date for your move, but no later than the actual move.
Regardless of how insignificant they may seem compared to other major issues to plan for and consider, taking a few small extra steps will make your move a whole lot easier and allow you to settle into your new surroundings without any bumps and glitches.
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