Here are seven crucial yet easy to follow tips on the most efficient way to get your move on the right track.
1. When should you move?
Make sure to give yourself a considerable amount of extra time to get things done. Time lets you plan and prepare. Then, decide on the timetable for moving. Summer is notably the peak season for moving companies. That means that prices are going to be higher then usual. However, it is important if you have school age children not to take them out of school for an extended period of time. Mostly though, your timetable for moving should depend on your personal situation.
2. Pre-move organization
The organization of your move is probably the biggest factor in determining how well the moving process will go. Make checklists of what needs to be done. You can make multiple lists if that will make it easier on you. Make sure you have some sort of effective method for organizing your relocation. In the end this will save you time, energy, and money, not to mention your sanity.
3. Pick a good moving company
Picking a good moving company is very important. First, ask your friends and family about their personal moving experiences with different moving companies. Next, research on the Internet to make sure any potential moving companies you may choose are licensed, insured, and legitimate.
Decide on what you want to keep, throw out, or give to charity before you move. This will lighten your load substantially. When moving, the packing process is probably the least desirable among people. Usually this is because they buy inferior packaging and do not have the adequate materials that are suggested. Invest in good supplies. There are boxes out there for almost everything a person can possibly have in their home, use those custom made boxes for your ease of use. If you absolutely detest packing, hire a professional mover to pack for you.
5. Address change and utility transfer
A simple official change of address with the United States Post Office will make sure all of your mail gets to you wherever you are without any trouble. Remember to transfer gas, electric, phone, water, DSL, and cable bills.
6. Important papers and documents
Be sure to keep the following papers safe:
- Birth certificates
- Driver license or other forms of identification
- Written mover estimates
- Bank records
- Important phone numbers
- Local maps
- Insurance information and cards
7. Relocations for children
If your children are already in school, you definitely should move during the summer so that you don’t have to pull them out of school in the middle of the year. The relocation to a new school district can be very traumatic for them, so it’s probably best to avoid that all together. To enroll your child in a new school you’ll need the following:
- Birth certificate
- Immunization history
- School entry medical exam (ask doctor before you move)
- Visit your states government education pages for school districts info
- Any medication your child may need