There’s no denying that moving to a new home is always an exciting new chapter in anyone’s life. Even if you are only moving to a bigger property in your local area, a home move always gives people some perspective on their lives. For instance, folks will think about the achievements they’ve made in their life thus far. Plus, they also consider what exciting new adventures await them in their lives once they’ve moved home.
But, while there is plenty to celebrate about moving to a new abode, a home move can also be a time of stress and frustration for many individuals. Thankfully, you can cut down on that and have a relatively stress-free experience by making sure you do these five things before you say goodbye to your old home:
1. Hire a company to move your belongings
Let’s face it: you are going to take a long time moving all your worldly possessions if you do so using your car or rent a truck. Why cause yourself unnecessary stress and grief by doing that when you can hire some professionals to do the hard work for you? A quick Google search will no doubt reveal some top rated movers in your area. Of course, don’t forget to use the power of word of mouth when it comes to recommendations of good moving companies.
2. Arrange for your mail to get forwarded
The last thing you want is for the new occupants of your current home to get your mail (and potentially read it). That’s why it’s crucial that you arrange for the USPS to have your mail forwarded to your new home. The process is straightforward to do, and you can specify the exact date you move home and how long you’d like all mail to get forwarded.
3. Have close friends or relatives babysit your kids
On the actual moving day, the physical task of moving boxes, crates, appliances, and furniture can sometimes be dangerous. As you can appreciate, when there are lots of people around busy lifting and moving heavy items, you don’t want young children getting in the way for safety reasons. With that in mind, it makes sense for close friends or relatives to babysit your kids for the majority of your moving day.
4. Arrange for utilities to get activated on your moving day
When you move into your new home, you want to be able to use your utilities (i.e., gas, electricity, and water supplies). You should contact your existing home’s providers a few weeks before your moving date so they can ensure your utility supplies are available to use on the day you move into your new home.
5. Find out the location of your nearest takeaway places
Last, but not least, it’s unlikely you’ll want to do any cooking on the day you move into your new home. To that end, it makes sense to find out where the nearest takeaway places are to your new abode.