Do these 7 Things, in Order, before You Move

Moving can be a very anxious time because there’s just so much to do and you constantly worry about what you didn’t remember. While you’re making your plans, carefully selecting an experienced and reputable moving service, something keeps nagging at you. Moving is complicated because it has so many moving parts. You’ve got to get organized, pair down then pack your remaining possessions, and time everything out so it all syncs-up right. To help you out, you need to do these seven things, in order, before you move.

Do these 7 Things, in Order, before You Move

What causes the most problems with moving is not just about poor planning, it’s poor anticipation. It’s what you don’t think about before you’re in the middle of the process that can be very frustrating and even cost extra money. You suddenly find yourself without this or that or having to take care of one or more things you completely forgot about. Whatever these are, they are precisely why people don’t like relocating to another community or even another state.

Leaving an old community can be difficult. On top of moving your possessions, selling your home, and saying goodbye to old friends, it can be hard to remember the things you need to do in order to set up the new life waiting for you in a new locale. —Moving.com

You want to make relocating easy, not difficult, or stressful. That’s certainly no small feat, but, it can be made less cumbersome and burdensome. Just take a step back, breathe deep, and try to consider as many scenarios as possible. In addition, you should do these seven things, in order, before you move and you’ll have a much better and smoother experience with your relocation:

  1. Cancel your recurring charges. One month before you move, you should cancel your recurring charges, like your gym membership (if there’s no location in your new community), mail-order medications, and other such monthly payments. If you don’t, you’re likely to get hit with a hefty fee for not cancelling thirty days in advance for certain recurring charges.
  2. Start eating frozen foods and leftovers. About three weeks before you move, begin to clean out your frozen foods and leftovers so you don’t have to throw it out. In addition, you should also begin to grocery shop sparsely because you don’t want to have a bunch of food that will go to waste. Pack your flatware and dinnerware and switch to paper plates and plastics a few days before you move.
  3. Notify your auto insurer. Two weeks before you move, notify your auto insurer, because if you move to a different state, it will likely have different car insurance requirements. You should also shop auto insurance to try to save money every month.
  4. Submit a change of address. Also, two weeks before you move, submit a change of address with the postal service. While you can do this online for the sake of convenience, it will still take time to get routed through the postal service and you’ll receive your mail shortly after you are in your new home.
  5. Get your bills in-order. One week before you move, put monthly bills like your phone, internet, cable, and mortgage on auto-pay or at least get a scheduled system in-place so you don’t accidentally miss one or more payments.
  6. Take pictures of your electronics and valuables. One day before you move, take pictures of all your electronics and valuables to have a record of them and their condition. In addition, do you remember how difficult it was to set up that entertainment system? Now, you’ll have a visual guide to follow when you’re setting it up again.
  7. Pack a to-go box. Also, one day before you move, pack a to-go box, complete with first aid kit, toiletries, paper plates and paper towels, snacks, drinks, plastic utensils, batteries, cleaning supplies, and the like.

Another proactive step you can take prior to a move is to have a game plan (and a backup plan) for you pets. You should have an actionable plan, as well as a sound backup plan, for you pets so you can make the transition less stressful on them and on you. It’s best to have things somewhat squared away before you bring your pets into a new home so you don’t have to worry about them getting in the way or wandering off.