There are many moving parts when you move from one city to another. If you don’t plan your move out methodically, mistakes can happen.
But we’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen! The tips below will help to keep you organized for the big move. And remember to carefully choose the moving company that enables you to settle into your new home.
Keep a Journal Dedicated To Your Move
Making your move easier involves planning, which means writing lots of stuff down. That’s why you should devote a notebook or binder that is 100% dedicated to your move.
This journal can include to-do lists, your moving budget breakdown, receipts, and a lot more.
If you use a binder, it’s helpful to have pocket folders inside to slip in vital documents and invoices. Also, use the journal to make notes about where essential items are packed.
Add Up Your Moving Costs
Before you prep for your move, it’s vital to determine how much you want to spend on the whole process. Whether you want to hire movers or do the job yourself, there is a blizzard of expenses to consider. Everything in a move costs money, and the final bill can be impressive if you don’t plan properly.
Plus, crunching the numbers for your move could be a chance to see if your company will kick in any relocation funds. And don’t forget to hang onto those receipts; you could qualify for income tax reductions.
Here’s a quick rundown of expenses to expect:
- Hiring a long-distance moving company
- Tape, padding, moving boxes, and related supplies
- Travel costs, such as food, gas, hotels, or plane tickets
- Bills due at the old house and new one
- Emergency funds in case of something unexpected, such as needing to stay another night on the road because of bad weather
- Temporary storage unit for extra furniture
Make Your Address Change Before The Move
Devote part of your moving journal to people and organizations you need to inform of your move. Here are a few to consider:
- The US Postal Service – fill out their change of address form online
- Utility companies, such as electric, water, garbage, and Internet
- Online shopping accounts, such as Amazon
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Insurance companies and investment and bank accounts
And don’t neglect to inform your physicians, dentists, and daycare before you move. Oh, don’t forget to go to your gym and cancel in person. You don’t want to pay $40 a month for a gym across the country!
Score Free Moving and Packing Materials
If money is tight, you’ll want to save on moving costs where you can. One great way to save some pennies is to pick up free moving supplies instead of forking out money for them.
Try your local grocery and see if they have boxes you can use for free. Remember that small boxes can be especially useful for storing your small valuables.
Hire a Professional Mover
Some people handle their move themselves, but many wish they hadn’t! Bringing in the professionals will save you time, work, and stress. If you are moving a long distance with many heavy items, hiring a mover may be the best financial decision you make all year.
But there are many movers out there, and be sure you do your homework to find a good one. Get several free quotes from movers, and read online reviews for all the movers on your list.
When you’re preparing for your move, you can make the process smoother if you plan things out over a few weeks or months. Try the tips above, and you’ll see!