3 Things You Need to Know Before You Move

When it comes time to move, there are a lot of things you need to do in order for things to go smoothly. From packing to moving costs, making sure your new home is ready for you to move into, and getting everything in order. These three things will help you get prepared for your move to your new home.

  1. Packing, Downsizing and Save on Moving Costs

Before moving you should downsize and de-clutter your current home.You don’t want to move every single item in your home. When moving, it is a good time to take inventory of what you have in your home and what items you don’t need and can donate.

The top reasons you should give away or sell unwanted items and move less possession are:

  • Transportation costs: The more items you move equates to increased shipment weight, which in turn means it will cost you more to move.
  • Packing time: The more you have, the longer it will take you to pack. By donating or selling some of your stuff before you move, there will be less to pack up.
  • Storage space: Think about the storage space, your new home has, and if you have enough room to keep everything in your current home. There is a good chance you won’t have the extra storage space for unnecessary items.
  • Make money: By selling items you no longer need, you can use the money you make from selling these items and use the money towards your moving costs.

When it comes time to pack, don’t waste money on purchasing new moving boxes. Instead, reach out to friends and family members to see if they have any extra cardboard boxes. You can also contact local businesses to see if they have any cardboard containers they are willing to give to you.

You can also save money by substitute moving blankets (for furniture) with ordinary sheets, bubble wrap, or thick towels. Instead of using packing paper for breakables, you can use old newspapers to keep them safe.

When it comes to deciding your type of move, DIY move, self-service move, or a full-service move, make sure you research your options. You should weigh the pros and cons of each method and choose the one that is right for you. You should compare the moving costs of each option while keeping in mind which one is the most time-efficient and safe.

  1. Make Sure Your New Home is Ready

Before you move into your new home, it is essential to have the house thoroughly inspected. Make sure you check the exterior for any damage or water leaks. Inside the home, you will need to check for plumbing leaks, dripping faucets, or running toilets. You will also find the need to make sure the lights are working correctly, and there are no electrical problems.

As soon as you purchase your new home you need to hake sure you have all the mechanical equipment cleaned and serviced. Have some come to check your heating and cooling system to make sure it is in good working order. It would also be a good idea at this time to set up a routine service schedule to have someone check on them each year. You should also have the plumbing, and electrical checked to make sure both are in proper working order.

Before moving into your new home, you will need to make sure you have arranged to have all the principal house utilities set up. You will need to call the power and water providers, setting up internet and phone, and any other services you will need.

  1. Change of Address

Before moving into your new home, it is important to request a change of address with the United States Postal Service. By doing this, it will ensure that the post office will forward your mail to your new one. If you are moving to New Rochelle, you can go to the New Rochelle post officeand fill out a change of address form in-person or go to the USPS website and fill out an online form. While at your local post office, you can also set up a PO box if you want, pick up stamps or ask about the route mail route you are on and what time you should receive your mail each day.

Since there can be a delay once you request a change of address, you will also want to change your address directly with time-sensitive and vital institutions like your bank, credit card companies, and any other crucial entities like your car insurance, internet provider, etc. will help to ensure you receive your mail on time. It is also a perfect time to inform family, friends, and neighbors about your move and give them your new address. You can do this through a simple text, email, or phone call.

Keeping these things in mind when it comes time to move will help everything go smoothly.