You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know how stressful a move can be. Even if you’re just moving within the same city or neighborhood, you’ll still have to clean your new house, pack all of your valuables and change your daily routine. You also need to invest in moving boxes, bubble wraps, and even safety deposit boxes. Aside from these, moving will require patience from you especially if you’re moving with your children. To ensure that you’re moving day will be stress-free, create a moving checklist as soon as possible.  

You’ll have a lot on your plate once you decide to move. However, you have to remember that your responsibilities don’t pause or end just because you’re moving to another house. As a mover, you still have to look after your children, show up at work on time and take care of your entire household. If you don’t want to experience any unwanted stress because of the move, take note of the following moving checklist:

1.    Figure out what you’re going to sell or donate.

Everything you own right now either required money from your pocket or has sentimental value because your friend or family member gave it. These are two of the most common reasons why you might not be letting go of some items in your closet. But since you’re moving, you have to figure out what you’re going to sell or donate. To do this, go through your closet, garage and other areas in your home and assess which among these items are no longer usable. Use the move as the perfect time to get rid of damaged or unused items.

Depending on the condition of your valuables, you can consider giving these to charities or organizations or selling them through a garage sale. The latter option might require more time and effort from you, but a garage sale will help you earn money which you can use for the move.

2.    Research about moving companies.

Moving can be tough, but fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. Today, there are actually a lot of moving companies operating around the world. The number of available options allows you to choose a moving company suitable for your needs and budget. As one way of hiring the best moving company around, scout for at least two options, and compare costs. If you have any queries for the moving companies, call them or send an e-mail. As much as possible, you should hire a moving company which is experienced and licensed in the kind of move you’re moving and charges you with reasonable prices.

3.    Stock up on packing supplies.

As mentioned, packing supplies are essential when you’re moving. How else can you transport all of your valuables if you don’t have any moving boxes? Once you decide that you’re going to move, carefully invest in different packing supplies. Depending on the items you’re going to bring, you might need different sized moving boxes and newsprints. You don’t have to worry about buying more than you actually need because you can always store these supplies and use it for your next move.

4.    Take photos of your house before you pack.

Most homeowners would agree that packing is one of the most time-consuming and daunting tasks in a move.  Aside from deciding what to bring, you have to carefully pack all of your valuables depending from its material to ensure that it’s safe during the transportation – you can’t possibly use the same packing technique in your clothes and silverware, right? But before you start packing, take time to take photos of your house first. If possible, do the same in each of the rooms in your house. You can use these photos to keep track of your valuables and as a guide when you’re rearranging in your new house.

5.    Transfer your utilities.

Your new house will be useless if it doesn’t have electricity, water or internet connection. There’s no way you or your family can enjoy your house if any of these utilities are missing. If you want everyone to relax in your new house, transfer your utilities prior to moving. Call local providers to have electricity, water, and internet connection installed. Make sure that you do this task ahead of time so you won’t be stressed the moment you arrive in your new house – remember, you will still need to unload and unpack all of your moving boxes from the moving truck.

6.    Back up all the files on your computer.

It’s safe to assume that your computer is full of important files. These can include a weeks’ worth of research or an entire trip to another country. Even if you’re hiring a moving company for your upcoming, you still need to backup all the files in your computer. Create copies of your files in your external hard drive and make sure that this device is with you throughout the entire move. No matter how experienced or reputable a moving company is, sensitive files and documents should never be entrusted to them.

The Bottom Line

You’ll probably come across more people who dislikes moving rather than those who are fond of the completing the task. If you’re one of the former, you should work on changing your mindset in order to accommodate the move better. Changing your mindset can go a long way towards the success of your move.