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5 Things People Forget When Preparing for a Move

While 2020 continues to be a challenging year, it hasn’t stopped people from moving into new homes.

The housing market, buffeted by historically low mortgage rates, continues its boom.

If you’re one of the people who locked in a new home recently, you’re now preparing for a move.

There is so much to remember during a move that it’s easy to forget something essential. Here are five things people often forget during moving preparation.

1. Utility Activation

When people think about moving, they think first about packing. While packing takes a considerable amount of time and effort, you also need to plan to take care of your utilities.

Before the trucks roll, make sure you’ve transferred and activated utility service in your new home. Also, make sure you’ve established a shut-off date in your old home.

A smooth transition to a new home means working electricity, water, and gas.

2. Subscription Update

There are so many subscription delivery services people belong to. From meal plans and wellness boxes to wine clubs, more people than ever embrace the convenience of delivery.

Whether yours is a long-distance or local move, don’t forget to update your address for these services. The last thing you need in a new home is to have your week’s meals delivered to your old address.

3. Home Inventory

When it comes to packing, people often forget to perform a complete home inventory.

After you’ve decided what you’re keeping and what you’re selling or giving away, do a detailed inventory of each room before you load boxes.

This is an important thing to remember, as you want to list everything you packed should something be lost in transition. A lost or stolen item claim can be a real hassle once you’ve moved into your new house.

4. Overstock Packing Material

After you’ve transferred your utilities, changed your subscription addresses, and performed a home inventory, you can now start packing.

This means you’ll buy boxes, packing paper, tape, labels, markers, and all other moving essentials.

No matter how much you think you need, buy more. Moving is stressful enough; make sure you have more than enough of the packing materials you’ll need.

5. Make a Meal Plan

You’ve probably made a moving checklist and performed each step designed to get you out of your old home and into your new one in a seamless fashion.

Something people often forget when making a moving checklist is a plan for their first week or weeks in their new home.

While in transition, takeout or fast food is unavoidable. But a family can’t live for very long on pizza and burgers. It’s unhealthy and expensive.

Plan your meals for your first week in your new home. Make sure you’ve packed all the necessary kitchen utensils so that they are easily accessible. Create a grocery list so you can hit the local grocery store soon after you’ve arrived.

One More Thing to Remember When Preparing for a Move

Given all the things you have to remember when preparing for a move, some essential steps may fall through the cracks.

Remember to transfer your utilities, change your address, and plan your meals.

Most importantly, remember to consult a professional moving company. If you’re soon to be on the move, we can help. Contact us today for a free quote.