The Ultimate Game Plan for Moving to a New House
A little planning makes the whole moving process a lot less stressful. As the saying goes: failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Time, money and both physical and emotional stress can be saved when you take the time to consider what you can do to make the experience smoother.
So let’s make sure your next move is a big win with this game plan:
Decide on the Date
Choose a date by which you want the move to be complete, and try to stick with that schedule. An off-peak time, such as mid-week, is highly recommended. Try to avoid moving during major holidays, as well.
Notify the Important Parties
In an effort to make relocating as streamlined as possible, there are several individuals and businesses you should contact. The more of these people you get in touch with prior to the move, the better.
People and businesses you should contact include:
- Internet and telephone providers
- Schools (if you have children or attend college)
- Post office
- Banks and credit card companies
- Your place of employment
- Subscription services
- Insurance providers
- Family, friends and co-workers who you spend time with
Moving Company Basics
If you decide to hire a moving company, contact several to get the best price. Don’t go with the least expensive option, unless you’re on an extremely tight budget. Doing so sometimes ends up being quite costly, if the company charges a fee for boxes and packing materials.
If you own things like valuable antiques or a piano, make sure to ask if there’s any additional charge for transporting these items. A word of warning: NEVER hire a moving company that isn’t fully insured.
Alternatively, for both convenience and price, you can choose to fill portable storage containers, which could then be transported to your new home.
Before Moving Day
Think about hiring a professional cleaning service to spruce up your new place.
According to PrimeLocation.com, “Some removal firms will arrange to do this. No one wants to arrive late in the night at your new home and then have to get up in the morning and start a taxing spring clean.”
The best time to purge the belongings that you no longer use is when you’re packing. Have a yard sale or donate items to charity. Either way, someone else will benefit from them and you’ll have less to transport from point A to point B.
On Moving Day
For security reasons, it’s advisable to change all of the locks in your new home. You never know who or how many people were given keys by the previous owner. It’s always better to err on the side of caution.
If you have small children and/or pets, consider hiring sitters for the day. This eliminates possible distractions and allows you to get somewhat settled in, in a more timely manner.
Of course, it’s entirely possible to move without a plan. Homeowners do it every day and live to tell the tale. However, for the most stress-free experience, taking the time to think ahead is definitely beneficial.
Need Affordable Help to Move Your Belongings?
One of the most important things you can do to eliminate stress is to organize and pack your items into a moving vehicle, so they are out of the way. But how can you do this when a moving truck is only rented on the day you’re moving? This is where mobile storage containers are ideal.
With over 200 dealerships throughout North America, Go Mini’s has helped countless individuals and families move their belongings safely and efficiently, on their own schedule. By gradually loading the container when it is on your property ahead of your moving day, and then either storing your belongings in our secure storage facility or on your property, we then take the container to your new home, and your life is made much easier.
Get a quote to get a sense of how much you’ll save with us, or go ahead and book with us, and focus instead on the rest of the details of your move.