Take the Stress Out of Preparing for Moving Day by Starting Early

By Keith Loria

Packing up your entire house can be an overwhelming process that involves a lot of pieces that need to be put into place to ensure a seamless moving day that goes off without a hitch. From gathering supplies to hiring a moving company-and everything in between - preparing for moving day shouldn't be left until the last minute. While you may have already removed a lot of items from your home to stage it for showings, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before the big day arrives. And waiting for the last minute can be a big mistake.

When it comes to packing for moving day, start collecting boxes early. Be sure to visit your neighborhood stores (especially book stores) and ask them to set boxes aside for you. In addition to asking friends and relatives for leftover boxes, check out sites such as Craigslist and Freecycle, as these are great places to find people who have recently moved and are looking for a way to unload boxes.

It's also important to stock up on tape, bubble wrap and other packing supplies to ensure a safe move for all your goods.

Once you have all the necessary supplies, begin packing a little each day. As you get started, you'll be surprised at how slow the process really is. It's also a good idea to label the outside of every box as you pack it so that you know exactly what's inside. You may even want to keep a detailed list on your computer so that everything's accounted for.

If you plan on hiring a moving company, be sure to arrange for one early on in the process. This will ensure that you have plenty of time to get quotes and estimates, as well as the best deal. The last thing you want is to pay extra because you didn't give the movers enough time to prepare. If you're concerned about transporting valuables such as important papers, jewelry and family keepsakes, buy a safe so that you can store these items. It's also a good idea to pack anything valuable in your own car, rather than on the moving truck.

In addition to getting everything packed, you'll also need to change your address. This involves contacting the post office, the IRS, friends and family, utility companies and even magazines/newspapers that you are currently subscribed to. Take care of this early so that you aren't stressing about getting it done as the moving van pulls into your driveway.

Before you head out of town, take the time to pick up any medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. These are important to have on hand so that you can provide them to your new doctor. It's also important to look into whether your current bank has a branch in your new city/town. If not, you'll need to set up an account at a new bank and close your current account before you leave.

Don't forget to return library books and any items that you may have borrowed from your neighbors. Last but not least, be sure to leave time to say goodbye to everyone.

There's a lot that goes into packing up and leaving a home, but with some careful planning and foresight, you can make your move as smooth as possible.

For more information about preparing for moving day, contact our office today.