Summer tends to be a busy season for moving. And we have put together a checklist for helping you with your move.
1. Hire a moving company – Hopefully the days are past where you ask friends to help you move. Moving companies take the stress away and know how to easily move large objects. Get recommendations from people you know and ask for recommendations. Get competitive bids and start your search six to eight weeks before your move. Do not wait until the last minute.
2. Take inventory – Make a list of the items you are moving with you. Take photos with your phone to have an electronic inventory. Reconcile this to make sure you have everything. Moving companies often move multiple houses at once.
3. Get insurance – maybe – Your mover may carry insurance and you may not need the additional coverage. However, this may not be the case. When I moved overseas I made sure I had insurance to cover the value of all my possessions. Everything arrived fine, but in case the ship sank I wanted to make sure my pots, pans, furniture, artwork, etc. was covered. It’s worth it for the peace of mind.
4. Throw things out – Moving is a great way to cut back. The less things you own, the less you have to move and the cheaper the quote. Sell items through facebook, dubizzle, craigslist, etc., give things away or donate to charity.
5. Get the supplies you need – Moving requires boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap. There are loads of ways to get boxes – ask stores around you if there is a day they throw out their boxes and arrange to pick them up. A simple post on facebook stating you need boxes can result in hundreds of free boxes. Write content of what is in the boxes. It helps to prioritize what to unpack first.
6. Organization is key – Pack heavy items on bottom and light items on top. Breakables need to be bubble wrapped and labeled fragile. Breakables should also be individually boxed to prevent breakage. Put items you need immediately in one box and label clearly (toiletries, medicine, clothing).
7. Stop services – make the calls to have utilities, services, etc. stopped.
8. Start services – make the calls to have new services set up. You may or may not be able to transfer services. Make sure you know what company covers your building or neighborhood.
9. Notify – if you are lucky to live in a country with addresses, notify your bank, credit card company, work, etc. of your new address. If you use a PO box, you may need to set up a new PO box if you are moving to a different part of town.
10. Take a day or two off work – If possible, give yourself a day or two to unpack and get settled.