So you are finally ready to move out and settle over your new place. Exciting times, indeed! But before you think about how to style your new home, it is equally important to prep for the move. In today’s post, we are listing down tips on how to prepare before, during and after moving day:
List Down Important Contact Numbers
Before you start packing, list down all the essential utilities, people, and services you might need to call before moving out. You need to set up your new address to your postal service, take care of your utility services and so on. If you are moving far from your first home, we suggest letting your dentist or doctors know so they can refer you to other health care professionals.
Recycling Old Boxes
If you are on a tight budget and you want to save a few bucks, recycle old boxes instead of buying new ones. Use the old boxes from supermarkets that you never threw away! If you don’t have these boxes, visit your local grocery store and ask for boxes. Some supermarkets will gladly give you packing supplies for free.
Do not spend an entire weekend packing your stuff like a maniac; you will only stress yourself out! Instead, pack smartly and gradually. A few weeks prior to the move, start packing. Give yourself a daily box quota to make organizing your things more manageable. If you are using a professional moving service, have the first batch of boxes sent to your new place so you have more room to pack your other things. It helps if you label every box to avoid confusion once you start unpacking.
Switching Your Utilities
To save yourself the headache of re-applying for new utility services, call your utility services and let them know the day of your move. Ask if you can set up a service switch. This is a great move for those who are moving into a newly built home. However, you will have to arrange a maintenance call to re-establish service.
Focus on the Basics
Do not just pack all your things at once. You want to plan where to start and which things to pack. We suggest starting with the basics, because these are the most important. For example, pack bits of your personal care products first, then clothing followed by kitchen ware. Once you come home to your new place, you can unpack these things, have something to wear and restore normalcy to your routine.
Eat the Perishables
If say, you still have a lot of food in your fridge, now’s the best time to start eating all the leftovers. So by the time moving day comes, your fridge is empty and ready for its new home.
Prepping Your New Home
No one likes to come home to a bare space. To maintain normalcy amidst the chaos of boxes, prime your home before the actual moving date. If you have the time, drop by to your new place, have a look around and check if repairs are needed. Make sure all repairs are done by the time you move in.