While moving tends to bring up visions of packing and unpacking, the reality is that there is also a mile-long list of other moving tasks in between. Finding a new home, hiring movers, and changing your mailing address are just a few that spring to mind—but the ones that are easily thought of are seldom the problem so here is your guide to Planning Your Move: This is what you always forget!
Even with the best moving checklist, some moving tasks always seem to slip through the cracks. Luckily, we have you covered. If you want to keep your move on track and as stress-free as possible, here are some commonly forgotten moving tasks to add to your to-do list.
Compare Moving Quotes
It is no secret that hiring professional movers can ease a lot of moving stress, so it isn’t something that people forget to do, or at least consider. However, people often forget to shop around.
You don’t have to pick the first company you get a moving quote from—in fact, you shouldn’t. Get quotes from multiple moving companies and see which one offers the best value. Think you don’t have enough time to get multiple quotes? It is easier than ever to compare moving companies since many now offer instant quotes online.
Just remember, cost should never outweigh quality—disorganization, lost goods, and damaged items are never worth the money saved. Always check that a moving company has a good rating on www.bbb.com, proper licensing, and proof of insurance.
Involve Your Kids
A new layer of stress is added to moving with kids in tow, but remember that it’s a stressful time for them as well. The first reaction is often to get them out of your hair while you get things done, and that’s completely understandable. However, getting them involved in the move can help ease their anxiety and help you bond as a family. A few ideas you may want to try:
- Get them to pack their own bedrooms. This will also give them the opportunity to declutter and get rid of any toys they don’t want. Want to make it extra fun? Let them pick special tape or stickers for their boxes.
- Host a yardsale. Surely you will come across stuff you no longer need as you pack. If your kids are old enough or you’re willing to help them, hold a yardsale. Make it extra enticing by letting them keep any money made.
- Ask their opinions. They may not have had a say in where you moved or the house you picked, but they can help choose what to plant in the new home’s garden or what color to paint their new bedroom.
- Take a video of your children talking about their favorite memories in their old home. It can be a very sweet memento down the road.
Keep Pets in Mind
Pets are excellent at picking up on emotions, so if you’re stressed, they’re going to be stressed. Take the time to give them lots of attention during the moving process. Beyond this, you should also plan a visit to the vet. At this appointment you should:
- Discuss the move and if your pet will need to be aided by calming methods or medication for the car ride or their adjustment period.
- Stock up on any medications they are currently on.
- Get all their vaccines up to date. Keep in mind pet vaccination laws can vary across cities and states
- Get your pet’s health certificate and health records if you are embarking on a long-distance move. A health certificate is required to cross some states and the health records will be need for your new vet.
Give Back Borrowed Items
Take note of anything that needs to be returned to its rightful owner before you pack—especially if you are moving long-distance. Your friends and family will surely want any borrowed belongings back.
Common borrowed items include:
- Kitchen gadgets
And don’t forget about library books. It can be easy to accidentally lump library books in with your own while packing, so try to return them sooner than later.
Gather Spare Keys
While you’re out giving back all the stuff you borrowed, get your spare keys back. You’ll want to leave these for the new owner or your landlord. Another item you’ll also want to remember to leave behind? Your garage door opener—one of the most common items to accidentally bring with you.
Cancel Your Memberships
The last thing you want to be doing is paying for a gym membership that you not only don’t use, but can’t use! Other memberships you may want to cancel:
- Library card
- Newspaper home delivery
- Cleaning services
- Local clubs and organizations
Turn on Utilities
Unpacking boxes in the dark is nobody’s idea of a fun time, so don’t forget to schedule your utilities to be turned on for move-in day—and for your old ones to be turned off. This is usually a quick task, but one that often tends to slip people’s minds.
We know you want to get through the move as quickly as possible but resist the urge to go full tilt. Moving-related injuries due to rushing are all too common. Plus, constantly being on the go can put a strain on both you and your family’s mental health.
Remember to breathe, slow down, and take some time for a bit of fun now and then. Moving can be difficult, but it also leads to some of life’s best adventures.
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