The Big Move: Tips for Relocating
While moving to a new city can be scary, often times nerves kick in well before you even arrive to your new home. From finding a moving company, to packing and discontinuing utility services, the number of little details that must be taken care of when you move can be quite overwhelming.
So before you begin panicking over the amount of things you must do before you even consider packing, here are some tips and short check list of things you should do to prepare for your move.
1. Start Planning Early
After you set a date to move out, start scheduling deadlines for when you want to have called the movers, visited the bank and taken care of any loose ends. This way, you will be less likely to forget an important task and can hold yourself accountable for the deliverables you’ve set for yourself.
2. Ask around for recommendations
While Google is a great resource for finding movers, the best resource for moving advice usually comes from family, friends and colleagues. Don’t be afraid to ask around for recommendations about moving companies and realtors.
3. Call your electric, gas, cable and water companies
A few weeks before you move you should contact your utility companies and have them disconnect service either the day of, or the day after you plan on moving. You should also call the utility providers for your new residence and have them connect the utilities either the day of or the day before you move-in. If you are switching providers, make sure you provide your old utility provider with your new address so you don’t miss your last bill.
4. Temporarily suspend any magazine subscriptions
About a month before you move, you should temporarily suspend all magazine subscriptions until you move into your new residence. Make sure to change your delivery address on the subscription as well.
5. Fill out a change-of-address form
Two weeks before you move, you should send in a change-of-address notification to the post office. This will ensure that any new mail will be delivered to your new address. You should also leave the person moving into your apartment/home a few stickers with your new address just in case they need to forward any mail to you.
6. Notify your insurance agent and bank
As soon as you finalize your new address, you should call your insurance agent and notify them of your move. Often times, rates for auto insurance can change depending on your location. If you are renting an apartment, consider purchasing renters insurance, a small investment can help protect your belongings from theft, fire and even damage caused by your neighbors.
7. Say Goodbye!
With everything that needs to be done before you move, don’t forget to say good bye to all your friends and neighbors, especially if you are moving to another city. Send an email to anyone you think will want to know about your move. And don’t forget to say goodbye to your current city. Consider making a list of 5 things you’ve always wanted to do in your current city and complete them before moving.