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June 12, 2013

Relocating This Summer? Be Sure to Follow These Steps to Make Your Move a Success

by AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing

Ahhhh summertime. The weather is hot and the living is easy, that is if you don’t have to move! Moving is a stressful process that has way too many moving parts. But, if you get organized and follow the checklist below, your move should have less headaches.

  1. Moving this summer? Decide if you are hiring a professional moving company or doing it yourself.

    Moving this summer? Decide if you are hiring a professional moving company or doing it yourself.

     Decide how you are going to get all of your stuff from your current residence to your new one: are you going to hire a moving company or do it yourself? If you decide to hire a professional moving company, shop around to find the one that is going to be the most cost-effective for your trip. You can always hire a go-between company such as Consumers Relocation that will assign you to your very own agent who will find you the best rates from companies that they have a lasting relationship with. If you plan to do the move yourself, be sure you find some friends and family members that can help you out on moving day.

  2. Sift and sort through all of your belongings to determine what you are taking with you and what you aren't. Make four piles: Keep, Donate, Sell, and Trash.

    Sift and sort through all of your belongings a month or so before your move to determine what you are taking with you and what you aren’t. Make four piles: Keep, Donate, Sell, and Trash.

     Determine the items that are going to be coming with you on your move and donate/sell unwanted items to make your load smaller.

  3. Organize and Transfer all of your important documents such as your kids school documents, medical, dental, vision, and veterinary.
  4. Inventory all of the items that will be coming with you and determine if your current furniture will fit in your new place.
  5. Be sure you have all of your moving supplies ready including boxes, packing tape, etc.

    Be sure you have all of your moving supplies ready including boxes, packing tape, etc. Photo courtesy of Guardian Removals

     Get plenty of boxes and moving materials such as packing tape, permanent markers (to write on the boxes), etc.

  6. Be sure you change your address with the post office.

    Before you move, be sure you change your address with the post office.

     Change your address with the post office. Disconnect your current utilities/cable/phone/internet services and have them re-connected or set up at the new place prior to your move.

  7. Make travel arrangements for your pets (if applicable).
  8. Let your friends and family members know you are moving and give them your new address.

    Let your friends and family members know you are moving and give them your new address.

     Notify your friends and family that you will be moving and give them your new address.

  9. Begin packing the items you won’t be using prior to your move.
  10. Plan your meals ahead 1-2 weeks prior to your move.

    Plan your meals ahead 1-2 weeks prior to your move.

     Plan your meals for the time before your move accordingly.

  11. Be sure to refill your prescriptions before your move so you have enough.

    Be sure to refill your prescriptions before your move so you have enough.

     Refill prescriptions and be sure you have enough until you can get more in your new location.

  12. Pack all valuables and essentials needed on hand during the move – these items should be in the car with you.
  13. Empty and defrost your fridge and freezer 24 hours prior to your move.

    Empty and defrost your fridge and freezer 24 hours prior to your move.

     Drain all water hoses and empty and defrost your fridge and freezer 24 hours before you go.

  14. Check the house to make sure that you have everything on moving day. If you are hiring a professional moving company, be sure you go over the inventory list before and after you arrive at your new destination.

Hopefully this moving checklist will help anyone relocating this summer. If you are going to be relocating to a new city entirely, it might be wise to get a fully furnished rental in the new neighborhood for a couple months before your move to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Or, if you are having problems selling your current house and need to move to the new location right away, you could always hire a property manager that can manage your property on your behalf and get you some additional income until the property can be sold.

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