The process of moving requires careful planning and organization. Out-of-state moves can be stressful and costly depending on several factors, but when you incorporate cost-saving strategies and an organized plan, you’ll make the move filled with enthusiasm!
Here are a few important things to mark off your moving to-do list.
- Break it Down into Steps
- Collect Free Boxes
- Set Up Utilities
- Make an Inventory of Everything
- Start Packing
Break it Down into Steps
One of the most important items you’ll need to stay organized is a planning notebook or digital folder where you can keep track of receipts, contracts, and important information or notes that you may need to jot down. Devise a plan that leads up to your final moving day by breaking it down into steps. Start with a list that involves the first few weeks leading up to moving day. List everything you need to do in the early stages of your planning such as having a garage or yard sale. Place “book a moving company” in your planner under the 4-6 week tab. Compartmentalizing tasks based on a time schedule will keep things organized and relieve stress.
Collect Free Boxes
You can save money on packing materials by collecting free boxes from local stores such as grocery stores, bookstores, or office supply outlets. Many of these businesses receive trucks each week delivering goods. If you visit these locations and ask for their empty boxes, most stores will let you have whatever you want. Oftentimes, the boxes are already broken down, which makes transport and storage easier for you. And sometimes, you may find packing material in boxes you’ve collected from stores. Start collecting boxes early and once you start packing, make sure to label boxes and double insulate any fragile items.
Set Up Utilities
You’ll want to place this to-do item at the top of your list. Call utility companies several weeks in advance and find out the costs for transferring utilities, service connections and scheduling appointments. Explore service providers in your new area that may be different from the providers you currently use. Explore bundle packages and options that new providers offer so that you may save time and money on installations. Some companies that offer multiple services such as cable, internet service, and phone may have cost-saving advantages that you can cash in on. And if installation services are all handled through one provider, you’ll have one less thing to worry about.
Make an Inventory of Everything
You’ll want to make an inventory of everything that you’ll be moving to the new home. Take pictures and make a list with details of specific items such as antiques and family heirlooms. Record their replacement value and keep any certificates for valuables inside your planning notebook so you’ll be able to easily access any documents you need in the event of damage. Notify your insurance company that you will be moving and give them your new address. Enroll in renter’s insurance coverage if you will be renting instead of buying in your new city.
Packing is probably the top item on your list to be marked off, but when should you start? The earlier, the better if you want to keep the moving process running smooth. Once you have the green light to move, you’ll be wise to start packing items that you don’t use or need every day. Perhaps you are moving during the summer months, so packing your winter wardrobe makes sense. Packing household items such as holiday decorations, extra dishes or cookware, and outdoor tools you’re not using will free up additional time for more pressing tasks as your moving day nears.
Consider these tips for planning your moving to-do list and organize your schedule early. Consider bundling services for cost-saving utilities. By sticking with an organized moving agenda, you’ll be on track when moving day comes.