Moving to a new home (at least, new to you) is usually an exciting time. Learning the layout of the home, enjoying the neighborhood and getting accustomed to a major change brings about a lot of emotions. Here are some handy tips and mistakes to avoid when you are ready for your next move.
Don’t Hang on to Stuff
Most of us acquire stuff throughout our lives and feel that we need to hold on to all of it. However, most people have items stashed in cupboards and closets that we don’t really need. Instead of packing it away and finding a hiding place for it at the next home, sell it online through sites like Craigslist or eBay, or donate it to a local non-profit.
Make Sure to Notify the Right People in Advance
Moving to a new place can seem like a nightmare if there is no electricity or running water. That is why it is a good idea to contact all the local utilities well in advance of the move and get on their schedule. Each local agency, such as the internet provider, electrical utility and the water & trash agencies will have their own individual rules and schedules, so you will need to contact them all.
Also, get in touch with the post office and fill out a change of address card. This will help get mail diverted to your new location. Also, let all your creditors know of your new address.
Pack for Emergency
Regardless of how much planning you do, mistakes happen. The water may be set to get turned on the day AFTER you move in, or the electricity may get turned on only to discover there is an issue with the fuse box. Pack a small bag with an extra change of clothes and snacks. If you are forced to spend the night with relatives, or at a hotel, you will have a bag packed and ready to go without the need for opening multiple boxes to search for a suitable outfit.
Change the Locks
If you are handy with tools, changing the locks on the exterior doors is always a good idea. Since you don’t know who has had access to the home, you really have no clue how many extra keys are floating around to your particular place. Setting up new locks will give you a little peace of mind and control over who has access to the place.
By following this advice and getting the movers lined up in advance of the big day, you should reduce the stress that comes from moving to a different home.