Checklist for a Smooth Move

Posted in May 11th, 2016
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Let’s face it. Moving is hard whether you’re going to the other side of town or to a whole new state. Here’s a quick checklist for a smooth transition to your new home.

Forward your mail

Enroll online to have your mail forwarded by USPS. A few clicks and you’re done. Check out the Premium Forwarding Service; the post office now will pack up your mail and send it to you Priority, for a fee.

Notify your bank

Tell your bank or credit union that you’re moving. If switching banks is a part of your moving plan, make sure you have what you need to set up that new account. Also, be sure to let your credit card companies know about the move — you don’t want to be frozen out of your account in the middle of your move.

Pack all the stuff

You can hire movers to do most of the packing, but if you are going to take that on yourself, a bit of planning can help. Decide how you will label boxes. Make sure you have enough boxes and packing materials. And always keep a box handy for those items that don’t need to come with you — donate before you leave!

Moving all the stuff

Whether you opt to pack up your own household or hire movers to do the work, make a plan. Research before you hire movers. For local moves especially, recommendations from family, friends and co-workers are a great place to start. For a big move, you’ll also want to shop around and get a few bids.

If you are more of the do-it-yourself type, you have options beyond U-Haul. You might consider PODS. The company will deliver a shipping container to your location, and you can take whatever time you need to pack and fill it. Ditto on the other end.

Make it new

One way to mark the transition is to make a clean start. Instead of spending money transporting large furniture items such as beds, consider starting anew. Depending on how far your move is, you might discover it’s cost-effective to have new furniture delivered straight to the new home.

Put a positive spin on the change by ordering fun bedroom sets for kids online from Rooms To Go. Or let them pick a great new color for the paint in their new rooms.

Keep in touch

Technology abounds to keep friends and family in the loop. Facebook (as well as other social media) is a great way to keep your circle updated. Relatives can also play a key role in helping kids understand that moving doesn’t mean losing connections. Skype or other video chat services can help build the bridge between here and there. Make sure there’s time set aside in the day for keeping those connections alive.

Don’t forget the pets

Moving can be stressful for everyone in the family, including your furry canine and feline companions. While you’re busy with all the work of moving, don’t forget that the dogs still need their usual routine of walks. (And don’t neglect your own exercise routine either.)

Products such as Feliway help reduce a cat’s stress. Use a spray on a soft blanket for inside the cat carrier. When you arrive in the new house, use a plug-in diffuser to make the room feel safe to kitty.

Celebrate your new place

Old favorites can help make the new place feel like home. Pick your family’s favorite foods for a first sit-down meal in the new home. Celebrate, you’ve earned it!