Planning a move can be a very exciting time for anyone but, at the same time, planning a move can also be very stressful, both physically and mentally. And even emotionally. The work is time consuming, sometimes even tedious; but it can also be exhausting. Whether you are quickly approaching your ASAP Moving date or your moving date is still several months away, here are a few things that you need to try to remember (as many often forget).
Change Your Address
It is not enough to have the post office forward your mail and packages. In fact, most forwarding services are only temporary to begin with. Thus, make sure that you fill out the proper paperwork to officially change your home address. You can do this early, if you want, but just remember that once this paperwork is processed your mail will start going to that address, so make sure you time out the paperwork efficiently.
The same is true for any other official accounts you might have: your bank, utilities, phone bill, cable provider, gym membership, auto insurance, health insurance…you get the idea.
Research Moving Companies
Thanks to the internet, it is very easy to get all the information you need on moving companies; and yes, you should hire one. Even if you think you can’t afford it, you should try to hire one. Moving companies know the moving process inside and out and that means you save yourself a lot of time, a lot of stress, and a lot of energy. And for many people, that is worth the expense.
Measure Twice and Cut Once
This old carpentry adage simply describes the philosophy that you should always prepare twice as much as you think you need. While this involves everything form effective packing and organization it also includes literal measurements—as in, always measure doors and hallways so you can make sure your furniture actually fits.
Isolate Dangerous Materials
It can be very easy to start packing and then get carried away or, after some time, you can start to get a little lazy and put things in boxes where they don’t belong. Most of the time that is going to be ok—albeit a little inefficient—but packing hazardous materials in the wrong box can be not only dangerous, but it can be deadly.