4 Essential Things to Do Before Moving to a New House

Before You Move Into a New House

Before You Move Into a New House

Moving to a new house can be exciting. But the enthusiasm can be overshadowed by lack of preparedness. For example, failing to inform service providers like phone companies of your new address will result in unpaid bills. Failure to make arrangement for someone to look after your children and pets can cause you a lot of inconvenience on the moving day because they’ll need to be fed. Sorting and purging will allow you to get rid of items that you no longer need. Returning borrowed items will ensure the accuracy of the moving estimate.

1. Sort and Purge

This task allows you to dispose of household items, which you are no longer using. For instance, you may have electronics, furniture, utensils and workout equipment that are occupying much of your storage space. Instead of transferring them to your new house, you can give them out to friends or charitable
organizations. Consequently, you will be able to throw away clutter that may make your new house appear disorganized.

2. Return Borrowed Items and Collect Lent Items

If you are intending to hire a moving company, it is important that you collect all the stuff you loaned out to friends and return everything you might have rented in the past. When providing you with a moving estimate, a mover will base their assessment on what they can see.  So if there is a lawn mower that isn’t supposed to be there during the appraisal stage, you’ll end up paying more for the service.

3. Inform Your Service Providers of the Change of Address

Without informing your service providers of a change of address, your bills will continue to be mailed to the previous address. Consequently, you may end up with overdue car loans and credit card bills. To ensure timely delivery of your mails, notify service providers of the new address at least 3-4 weeks before moving to your new house.

4. Arrange for Your Children to be Cared for

Make prior arrangements for a friend or relative to look after your children and pets. If you don’t have someone that you can rely on, you can take your children to a daycare center. Pets like dogs can be taken to a dog boarding kennel. This is because tending to your kids while at the same time supervising the packing and loading of your household items into a moving truck can be challenging.

Moving to a new house can be stressful. However, advance preparation can lessen the agony commonly associated with the process.


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