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Create a Moving Checklist
Once you've secured movers or rented a truck, it's time to plan your next steps. You can use our moving checklist as a guide, or tailor one to your specific needs. Having a structured plan will help you navigate the process leading up to your move.
- Transfer or Cancel Utilities:
Arrange to transfer or cancel utilities at your old residence and set them up at your new one.
If changing healthcare providers, have your medical records and those of your family and pets transferred to the new providers.
- Purge and Declutter:
Before packing, go through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or discard.
Consider parting with items you haven't used in over a year.
Reducing your load will simplify the moving process and make unpacking easier.
- Utilize Suitcases and Bags:
Place heavy items like books in suitcases with wheels for easy transport.
Use duffle bags or backpacks for clothing and soft items to save on box space.
Large outdoor garbage bags are handy for hanging clothes, towels, linens, and non-breakable items.
- Document Electronic Setups:
Before disconnecting electronics, take photos of their setup to help with reassembly.
Label cords, gather product manuals, and store them in a secure bag to keep everything organized.
- Greet Movers and Oversee the Move:
If using professional movers, provide them with a walkthrough of your home.
Highlight fragile items and pieces that need disassembly.
If moving yourself, lift boxes properly to prevent injuries and enlist help for heavy items or stairs.
- Final Walkthrough:
Conduct a thorough final check of each room, including cabinets, closets, and outdoor spaces.
Ensure you haven't left anything behind, as retrieval may be challenging if new occupants are moving in.
Remember, moving hacks are all about streamlining the process. By following these steps, you'll simplify your local move and be well-prepared to arrange packing or moving services to help you settle into your new place smoothly.