You’re moving. Whether for a job, a better place to live or starting a family, it’s time to boldly go where no one… Wait, wrong trek. It can feel like you’re heading into uncharted territory, though, especially the closer you get to move day. That’s why we’re giving you our tips for moving out checklist on what to do before you move. Actually, it’s the top eleven because the first one is a given: Call us at Student Movers! You can sit back, relax and let us do the moving.
What else should you do before your move? Here we go; it’s the final pre-move countdown!
- Hire Student Movers. We know, we already said that, but it bears repeating. You want a reputable moving company that’s been in business for a while. We have the reputation, experience, and commitment to excellence that you need to make your move smooth and successful.
- Rent a truck. There are many different types and sizes available to rent. Make sure you get one large enough for your things to avoid making multiple trips, but not so large as to be wasted space. Here’s another reason to call us – We provide more than muscle; we can provide wheels, too.
- Change your address. You can specify when you want the post office to make the change, so do the paperwork early; it’s one less thing to worry about later.
- Transfer utilities. Just like your mail, you can arrange all of your utilities in advance. If your move isn’t local, you also need to make arrangements for new services for your new home.
- Pack, pack, pack. It’s best to start packing early. You’ll have time to do it right instead of frantically tossing things in boxes at the last minute. You could also have Student Movers do it for you. One thing you should always do when packing is label your boxes by room. This makes it so much easier when it comes time to unload the truck. Every box goes to the right room right away.
- De-clutter. Packing for a move is the perfect time to get rid of that ugly lamp from Aunt Edna you’ve got stashed in the closet, as well as things you haven’t even seen since you’re last move. If you haven’t used it in six months and it has no great sentimental value, consider donating it.
- Food, wonderful food. It’s wonderful until you realize you have a full refrigerator on move day, especially if your move isn’t local. You can pack it in coolers to preserve it; just make sure you use sealable plastic bags to prevent unpleasant leaks. You could also have an eating party. Invite your friends and family over and make a buffet of the food you’re not taking with you.
- Plan your route. This is especially important for long-distance moves. If you need to stay overnight, make reservations now. Pack bags for each family member and also make plans for pets. Many motels are pet-friendly.
- Repair/Clean your old home. If you have minor repairs (holes from hanging pictures, etc.) now is the time to take care of them. Likewise, a good thorough cleaning is the key to getting your security deposit returned.
- Save the essential items for last. You don’t want to be caught on the road without medications, pet supplies, snacks (for you and the kids), and your phone charger. Keep all your important papers such as leases, insurance paperwork, truck rental documents and moving company information in a manila envelope for easy access.
There you have it, ten tips for a terrific move! One last piece of advice: Make sure to set aside some time for a stroll down memory lane. Do a walkthrough of your old home and remember the great times you had there.