Make Your Move Less Stressful
Moving is stressful. Whether a short move across town or a long distance move to a new city or state, the moving process can be overwhelming. Pack On The Go has experience with local and long-distance moves and, while it may not be possible to address every issue involved with a move, we have put together a moving checklist to help make your move as easy and stress-free as possible.
Set The Date
Schedule your move during the work week, Monday through Thursday, when banks and offices are open. While moving on the weekend may seem convenient if an emergency arises and you need help, reaching an answering machine will only add more stress.
Arrange Utility Transfers
Notify your current and future utility providers of your scheduled moving date. If security deposits are involved, find out when you can expect a refund from your current provider, and note how much is due for new service as well as when. To eliminate surprises and in case of an emergency, it is a good idea to schedule shut off dates for at least one day after the move and new services a day before the move. Providers that need notification include:
- Trash Removal
- Recycling Pick-up
- Cable or Satellite Television
- Cell Phone
- Phone Service
- Security System
Change Your Address
Create a "change of address log" in the weeks before your move by writing down who you receive mail from each day. This log will ensure that you don't miss any important contacts, and you can break the list up, contacting a few each day rather than being faced with a full day of making calls. Filing a Temporary Change of Address from the U.S. Postal service will give you extra time and ensure that if you miss someone, you still receive their mail. Stop in any Post Office and complete form PS 3575, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or file online at http://www.MoversGuide.com. Some of the people who need notification of your change of address include:
- Accountant and Tax Preparer
- Alumni Associations
- Professional Organizations
- Attorneys and Courts
- Babysitters and Child Care providers
- IRS (Form 8822)
- Doctors and Health Care Providers
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Insurance Providers
- Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions
- Lawn Service
- House Cleaning Service
- Water Delivery Service
- Pool Service
- House of Worship
- Health Club Memberships
- Dry Cleaning Service
- Family Members
While you are changing addresses, remember to order new business cards, change the address on your luggage tags, and order new return address labels.
Having a few necessary items on hand will make the task of packing go smoothly. To get started you will need boxes, small, medium, and large, markers to label them, packing tape, a small utility knife, and newspaper to wrap breakables. A moving organizer will ensure that your notes, receipts, and relevant information is readily available. You can purchase an organizer or make your own from a three-ring binder with pocket dividers to hold receipts and separate sections, and three holed paper for notes.
Many people underestimate the time that packing a household requires, so leave plenty of extra time and start early. Start with non-essential rooms such as the basement, garage, and attic so that you can concentrate on main living areas in the last couple weeks. Begin by separating treasured items from less essential items and eliminate as much as possible. Things that you don't use or can do without can be donated to charity, given to friends, discarded, or sold at a garage or yard sale. You will eliminate moving a lot of unnecessary items and earn a few dollars in the process.
Two weeks before the scheduled moving day plan to return items such as cable and satellite receiver boxes, trash and recycling bins, and any rented or borrowed materials like library books, tools, and carpet cleaners. Pick up the dry cleaning and open a safe deposit box for valuables, so you are not worried about misplacing them on moving day.
Create an "open first" box for specific rooms and mark them with bright markers or stickers so that items needed immediately are packed together and easily found. Make a box with essentials for the following rooms:
- Aluminum Foil
- Disposable or Unbreakable Flatware and Dishes
- Coffee Maker, Coffee, and Filters
- Dish Soap
- Frying Pan and Sauce Pan
- Pet Food and Bowls
- Bath Mat
- First-Aid Kit
- Hair Products
- Flat-head and Phillips Screwdriver
- Adjustable Wrench
- Tape Measure
- Picture Hangars
- Utility Knife
Start eating the perishable food in the refrigerator and freezer. Consider inviting a few trusted friends over for a "Packing Party." You provide the food and drinks along with an upbeat atmosphere and have your friends pack things like books, pots and pans, or other items that don't require supervision. Take plenty of pictures to share on social media and make it a day to remember.
One week before the move contact your movers to confirm the start time, and your current and future address. Make arrangements for child care and pet sitting for moving day so you can concentrate on the task at hand. Enlist a friend or family member to provide extra help on moving day. An extra set of hands and eyes can be invaluable for last minute errands or to answer questions and guide the movers.
The day before moving make sure all cell phones are fully charged so that it is easy to stay in contact. Have everyone pack a suitcase or two to take with you so that you have the essentials like eyeglasses, a change of clothes, something to read, and the kids' favorite toy. Take out the garbage, so the moving company doesn't bring it to your new home.
On the day of the move be visible and available. Exchange names and phone numbers with the moving companies' drivers so that it is easy to communicate if there is a question or issue. Make a final walk-through before leaving to ensure that appliances, air conditioning, heat, and water are all off. Check the refrigerator, stove, attic, garage, and the closets in each room to make sure nothing gets left behind. And finally, leave the keys and garage door opener in the designated spot.
Moving can be a stressful experience. The move is made easier with a reliable, experienced and professional moving and shipping company. Pack On The Go prides themselves on their ability to exceed expectations by paying attention to the details and understanding your specific needs. No matter where or what you're moving, storing, packing or shipping, Pack On The Go has the experience and knowledge required to make your move stress-free and easy.
To learn more about how to ensure an easy move or anything else contact us today.