Once your mortgage is secured, you’ve signed the papers for your new home, and the property has been inspected, it is time to move in. This is usually when the panic sets in. Packing up your current home (whether it is a house, apartment, or even just a room in someone else’s home), is difficult, as is getting all of your services moved. Here are seven tips to make this entire process easier:
- Make yourself a schedule. Starting from your move-in date, start thinking about when you need to and can do different tasks. For example, when do you need to call to have your power, water, and gas turned on in your new home? When do you need to transfer school records? Fill out a change of address form? Start packing?
- Gather your medical and school records. If you do not have a child in school, you can skip worrying about school records. You should, however, make sure that you have your medical records in hand if you are moving to a new city, state, or country.
- Disconnect and reconnect power, cable, water, etc. This should be done relatively close to your move-in date, as you do not want to be without power or water in your old home, nor do you want to paying utilities on your new home if you are not even there to use them.
- To hire movers or not to hire movers? Decide very early on whether or not you need professional help moving out or into your new place. If you’ve done it before or you don’t really have that much stuff, doing it yourself is possible.
- Make a checklist. Write down what (generally) is in each box and then make a checklist of boxes so you can make sure they all get into the truck and then off of the truck again.
- Make a sharpie your best friend. On each box, write what room of the house it should go in and a very general description of what is inside. For example, a “clothes” box should go in the “bedroom.”
- Make a contingency box. This will the box that you throw everything you are using or are going to want to use up until and on moving day. This should include a child’s favorite toy, extra clothes, blankets, snacks, etc.