It’s no secret that moving is extremely stressful. Of course there is the physical packing up and moving part, which we can help make more pleasant and hassle free. However, there are also many other factors to consider before you relocate. If you’re moving on your own, a checklist will be handy in making sure you complete everything you need to do before moving day. Delegating different jobs to members of the family can also take stress off of your shoulders! Completing the following tasks ahead of time will let your move run smoothly.
- Officially Change Your Address
- You will definitely want to file your change of address with the US Postal Service. USPS will forward your mail to your new address for up to one year after your move. You can change your address online for $1 (https://moversguide.usps.com/icoa/home/icoa-main-flow.do?execution=e1s1&_flowId=icoa-main-flow&), or mail in a form to change it for free.
- If you are expecting a tax refund or other mail from the IRS, you can write your new address when you file your tax return, or mail in a 8822 Form.
- Depending on your state, you may be required to change your address with the DMV within a certain time frame. Here in California, you must notify the DMV within 10 days of moving, and filing the change is free. You do not, however, need to get new documents showing your new address. You can wait until your ID needs to be renewed to get the address changed on your license. Usually, when you change your address with the DMV, you have the option of updating your Voter Registration so that you will be assigned a new election polling location.
- Only Move What You Want.
Do a huge “spring cleaning” before you start packing for your move. There’s no reason to transport belongings you might end up throwing away or donating! Keep in mind the storage space of your new home (perhaps even take some measurements) and decide what you realistically want to keep. Remember: if an item has been sitting in the back of your closet for a really long time, chances are it will do the same once you move.
- Bring Your Utilities With You
One can only assume you’ll want to enjoy the luxuries of indoor plumbing, gas, and electricity in your new home. Your utility providers should be able to schedule the services being turned on the day of your move at your new home. For TV and Internet, however, you will most likely have to schedule a time for a technician to install the service in your new home. Make an appointment as early as possible so that you aren’t left living in the stone age for a long period of time!
- Label Your Boxes
An easy way to take the guessing out of unpacking is to simply label your boxes with what is inside, or what room the box belongs to. You will save a lot of time by being able to sort through each box, knowing exactly where the belongings will end up in your new home. Furthermore, writing down an inventory of everything you have will assure that when you unpack at the other end, everything has landed safe and sound with you.
- Plan Rest Breaks
Although getting everything done and out of the way as soon as possible may sound attractive, you will burn out fast if you don’t take rest breaks. Make sure you’re getting good meals in during moving day, you’ll certainly need the energy. Keep plenty of water and snacks on hand during the day to keep everyone satiated and in a good mood!
Don’t let moving stress you out—let us help! 123 Moving will help you get your stuff from point A to point B with extra care and in a timely manner. Call us today for a quote!