6 Crucial Things to Do Before Moving

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By Bill Gassett Updated December 5, 2022


6 Crucial Things to Do Before Moving

When you're moving, there is a lot to do. With so much on your plate, it can be easy to forget some of the most vital steps in the moving process.

That's why it can be helpful to have a moving checklist. Referring back to a checklist helps you remember exactly what's a priority.

Before you pack your bags and head off to your new destination, read on to learn some of the most important steps to take before moving.

Update Your New Address

With so much going on, changing addresses probably isn't at the top of your mind.

Waiting to change your address until the very last minute, however, isn't going to make your life easier. In fact, it will probably bring quite a bit of stress if vital mail doesn’t arrive in a timely manner.

It's crucial to update your address with the U.S Postal Service early in the moving process. Try to do it at least a few weeks before your move.

The good news is changing your address isn't that challenging. If you have time and the post office isn't far away, simply do it in person. If not, you can access the change of address form online.

Updating your address is just the first step. You’ll also need to contact numerous parties to inform them of your move.

Maximum Real Estate Exposure’s change of address checklist lists all of the most important parties that should be notified, including the IRS, credit card companies, insurance providers, and many more.

Find Your Moving Boxes

When you're moving yourself, getting moving boxes will be an important step in the packing process. Even if you are hiring a professional moving company, you will still need boxes for moving.

There are many places where you can find moving boxes. You may be able to find some for free, but if you’re in a pinch, you should be able to purchase boxes from Walmart, Lowe’s, or Home Depot.

Once you have enough boxes, start packing room by room instead of throwing items into boxes from around the entire house. If you take it one room at a time, the task will seem more manageable.

You can also check out this week-by-week moving guide for more assistance.

Take Pictures of Things That Need Assembly

Assembling furniture and other items isn’t easy and can take tons of time. There are probably some items you’ll dread putting back together, especially if you don’t have the directions anymore.

The best thing you can do in this circumstance is to take detailed photos. For example, you probably aren’t going to remember what wires go where when you unpack your TV.

Having a photo of the back of your TV, along with each of the components, can be helpful. The same can be said for your computer system.

Have an Estate Sale

More often than not, most folks have an excessive amount of things they won’t want to take with them to their next home. One of the best ways to get rid of unwanted items and make some cash in the process is to have an estate sale.

Arrange For a Storage Space If Needed

Do you have temporary storage needs before you arrive at your final destination? If so, you’ll want to find a good storage company nearby. This guide for renting a storage unit will answer all of your questions and provide solid tips when you need to rent a unit.

Have a Moving Day Box of Crucial Items

When you’re moving, there may be a few items you’ll need to access en route or soon after you arrive at your new home. Pack those essential items together in a box or two and keep them with you, if possible.

Items such as cleaning supplies, toilet paper, bed linens, and towels are crucial items to have handy. You might also want to have some basic medical items, such as bandages and aspirin.

If you're moving into a new home, it's a good idea to pack paper plates and cutlery for your first few meals. You might also want to bring a bottle of wine to celebrate your move. Just don't forget glasses or paper cups to enjoy the occasion.

Final Thoughts

Most people dread the thought of moving, and very rarely is it easy. However, the move will be much more challenging if you're not prepared and wait until the last minute to get things done. A carefully planned moving schedule will make the whole process much smoother.

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