Moving can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many things to keep track of on top of your day-to-day responsibilities, and it’s easy to get lost in the mix. To help make things a little bit easier for you, here are the top 5 things you should do before you move.
- Create A Moving Checklist
Surprisingly, one of the most common forgotten duties is to create a moving checklist. It is so important that you take the time to create a schedule that keeps track of your time and belongings.
The moving checklist gives everyone a clear game plan that includes all tasks that need to be completed, when to execute those tasks, and what comes immediately after each task. Without it, people quickly become confused. Confused people lead to lost time, and lost time equals lost money out of your pocket.
Whether you have months or merely days to move out of your home, take the time to create a moving checklist. Don’t know where to start? Check out our Moving Checklist under the Moving Resources tab in the menu for our recommendations.
- Compare Several Moving Companies
There are numerous options for moving companies available to you. Remember, you are not obligated to say “yes” to the first company you meet with. Compare the price, services, and conditions of several companies before you make your decision. It takes a little bit of extra work up front, but you will reap the benefits of making an informed decision and rest assured knowing that you chose the best company for your move.
- Gather Important Documents & Records
This should be a high priority on your moving checklist. Before you move, remember to collect all documents in the following categories, and put them in one place:
- Personal Documents
- Employment Documents
- Housing Documents
- Legal Documents
- Financial Documents
- Motor Vehicle Records
- Medical Records
- School Records
- Moving Documents
We also recommend that you maintain possession of all personal and sensitive documents throughout the move. Pack them up and transport them to your new destination yourself; you’ll be much more at ease with your private information in your possession.
- Take Your Pet(s) To The Vet
Whether you are moving across town or across the country, take your animals to the veterinarian for a check-up before you move. Long trips and strange environments can be harmful to pets who are not healthy or resilient enough. Animals such as dogs, cats, and birds can experience discomfort and have a hard time whenever they leave their comfort zones. Your veterinarian will determine if your pet is ready for the journey, and can also prescribe anti-anxiety medication or other remedies for your pet.
- Get Rid Of Useless Belongings
Keep your costs down and your new home clutter-free by selling or donating all possessions that you don’t use anymore. Moving is an excellent opportunity to get rid of things that no one in your home uses anymore. Ditching these items before you move means that your shipment weight will decrease dramatically. Plus, you’ll likely receive a smaller bill thanks to the reduced packing and moving times.
There you have it! Keep these 5 things in mind, and you will be on your way to a stress-free move.