We might get a lot of heat for this one, but listen – moving doesn’t have to be a stressful process. Seriously. What’s stressful is not knowing if you’re going to have a roof over your head tomorrow – not moving into a new, better condo.
But, sure, we know what you mean. Planning a move is a tedious and time-consuming task that often leads to frustration, anxiety and yes, even a few tears. But it doesn’t have to be that way! You know why? Because we’re here to help you out!
To be fair, we don’t mean we’ll pop over and haul the couch for you (although we totally would if we lived closer). We mean that we’ve put together a handy little list of things you should do before your big move to make it easier. Somewhat. You still might need to haul a couch.
- 1 1. Declutter
- 2 2. Have A Garage Sale
- 3 3. Start Packing Early
- 4 4. Label Your Boxes
- 5 5. Find A Reputable Moving Company
- 6 6. Have Your Friends Over To Help You
- 7 7. Cancel Or Transfer Your Utilities, Subscriptions And Services
- 8 8. Notify Everyone Of Your New Address
- 9 9. Do A Final Walk-Through Of Your Old Place
- 10 10. Return Your Keys And Say Goodbye!
You know how Eminem once said, “If you had one opportunity, would you just capture it or let it go?” Well, this is your opportunity to completely transform your life.
Start by going through your stuff and get rid of anything you don’t need or use anymore. This includes clothes, books, furniture, knick-knacks, etc. If you haven’t used it in the past year, chances are you won’t use it in the future. So get it ouuuuut!
2. Have A Garage Sale
This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of all the junk you decluttered in step one and actually make some money off of it. To be fair, this could go horribly wrong and you could spend all day in the sun only to earn $20 on a baseball card you didn’t even know you had, but the guy that bought it off you knew that thing’s worth at least $500.
But, bad jokes aside, garage sales are a great way to get rid of all the stuff you don’t want and make a few bucks in the process. So, if you’ve got the time, energy and patience, go for it!
3. Start Packing Early
Early bird gets the worm and the early packer, well, doesn’t lose their mind at the last second because they can’t find the thing even though they’re absolutely certain they’ve put it right there by the other thing. You know, regular stuff
Packing can be a pain, but if you start early it’ll be a lot less painful. We recommend packing non-essentials first, like seasonal clothes, books you’re not reading anytime soon, decor items, etc. That way, when it comes to packing your essentials, you won’t be as frazzled.
4. Label Your Boxes
Guys, we can’t stress how important this one is. You might think you’ll remember what’s in each box, but chances are you won’t. We’re not saying your memory is bad, but, well, actually we are saying your memory is bad. At least when it comes to this stuff. Everyone’s is.
So, save yourself the headache and label each box with its contents and the room it’s going in. That way, when you get to your new place, you can just put the boxes where they need to go without having to open them all up and search through them, one by one, for that one thing you need right now but have no idea which box it’s in.
5. Find A Reputable Moving Company
If you’re anything like most people, you’re never going to do the first four because you don’t care and you like living dangerously. But, you could possibly even get away with it. What you won’t ever get away with is trying to move all your stuff by yourself. Unless you’re super strong and have a team of friends that owe you a solid, in which case, kudos to you!
For everyone else, there are moving companies like Easy Peasy Removals. But be careful when picking one! Make sure they’re reputable and that they’re not going to rip you off or damage your stuff. The last thing you want is to get to your new place and find out all your door frames are nicked and your floors are scratched.
6. Have Your Friends Over To Help You
Speaking of having friends over to help you, this is a great way to get some extra hands without having to hire professionals. Just make sure your friends actually want to help and aren’t just coming over for the free pizza and beer you promised them. And make sure you actually deliver on your pizza and beer promise!
7. Cancel Or Transfer Your Utilities, Subscriptions And Services
While you don’t have to cancel Netflix and Disney Plus – you gym membership should probably go. If we’re being honest with each other, you were hardly going when it was close to your house and now that it’s far away, there’s no point in lying to yourself anymore. It’s enough. Cancel the membership.
The same thing applies to your other utilities and subscriptions. If you’re not going to be using them where you’re moving, cancel them! No need to keep paying for things you’re not using.
8. Notify Everyone Of Your New Address
Our rule of thumb here is – if you can secure a housewarming gift, let them know where you live. Of course, we’re joking, but it would be a good idea to let your family, friends, employer and other important people and businesses know of your new address.
9. Do A Final Walk-Through Of Your Old Place
Once you’ve moved all your stuff out, it’s time to do a final walk-through of your old place with your landlord or leasing agent. They’ll want to check for any damage and make sure everything is in the same condition as when you moved in.
10. Return Your Keys And Say Goodbye!
This is it! The moment you’ve been waiting for! You’re officially moved out and can now start your new life in your new home. But before you do, don’t forget to return your keys to your landlord or leasing agent and say goodbye! They’ll miss both you and your money.
There you go! A comprehensive list of things to do before you move. Just remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the process. Moving can be stressful, but it’s also a great opportunity for a fresh start. So, make the most of it and enjoy your new place!