Relocating to a new house is often an exciting time, but it does come with its own set of stress-inducing tasks.
There’s so much to do, and so many things to worry about. You can’t afford to make mistakes like hiring a commercial mover instead of a residential mover or failing to label boxes properly making the whole relocation process more stressful than it already is.
To make sure you have everything under control, you must have a checklist of things you need to do in relation to the move. Consider the following as part of your moving into a new home checklist.
Draw up a Budget
It goes without saying that relocation involves substantial costs. Hiring professional movers, buying packing materials, and numerous other expenses are going to come up. You wouldn’t want to lose track of your spending for the entire thing, so it’s always wise to create a budget for the move.
Do Your Research on the Best Moving Companies
It’s not a good idea to hire the first moving company you come across in a telephone directory or online. You need to know which ones can give you the best service at the best possible price. So do your research, get the names and contact information of three licensed and insured movers at the very least, and ask for quotes.
Check Out Schools Close to Your New Home
If you have kids, then you would want to know beforehand about their school options when they get there. So do some research and get the names and contact details of the schools in your neighborhood so you can check which ones would be best for your children.
Take Measurements of Your New Home
You can’t be moving into your new house if you’re not sure if your things—like your favorite but incredibly massive couch—would fit through the front door or in the living room. So visit your future home and take the necessary measurements to see if you can bring your couch with you or you have to get rid of it because it just won’t fit.
Set a Definite Relocation Date Early on
It’s always best to have a target relocation date as early as possible. With a specific moving date, you can set goals and plan the entire relocation around it.
Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials
Almost all your things will be packed in boxes and will be loaded into a moving truck. Your essentials like toothbrushes, a change of clothes, medications, and stuff for your baby (if you have one) should be in a separate bag you can carry with you in your car.
Transfer Utilities Before Moving Out
Always keep in mind that you need to transfer the gas, electric, and water to your new house long before moving day to give the city enough time to get them up and running by the time you get there.
Register Your Vehicle if Moving to Another State
If your new home happens to be in another state, you have to register your car there and get a new driver’s license. To know the rules and deadlines your new state has set for vehicle registration, check out the DMV website in your new city.
Notify Those Concerned About Your New Address
Your credit card company, magazine publishers, and correspondents would want to know where you’re going to move, so don’t forget to notify them of your new address.
Change the Locks of Your New Home
There’s simply no way for you to know if you’re the only one who has the keys to every lock in your new home. If you want to keep your family safe, the smartest thing to do would be to change all the locks in your new house. You can do it yourself, or you can hire a local locksmith for the job.
Moving will always be stressful, but if you have a checklist of your to-dos in relation to the move, everything should be a bit easier.