When you decide to move, it can be hard to keep track of all the details. You’re concerned with so many different things, but you want to be sure you don’t forget these essential tasks of moving.
- File a Change of Address
You must contact the post office and file a change of address form to have your mail forwarded to your new address. It usually takes about 7-10 days for the change to go through. Be sure to also let your bank or any other institutions sending you mail know you have a new address.
- Cancel Utilities
Contact your utility providers to let them know when you’re leaving your current address. You don’t want to be charged for utilities if you’re not living in the home. If you’re planning a local move, you may be able to just transfer the account to a new address.
- Complete Repairs
It’s especially important if you’re leaving a rental to do a final walk through of your living space. You want to try and get the entirety of your security deposit returned. Check the walls and cabinets for any scuffs or marks that require paint.
- Determine How You Plan on Moving
Make sure you plan ahead of time on how you’re planning on moving. Do you need to rent a moving truck, or will you be able to fit everything into your vehicle? If you’re moving to a different state or city, you may want to hire professional movers to load and unload your belongings for you.
- Packing Essential Items
Don’t be scrambling through everything you packed looking for an item you desperately need. On the day of the move keep essential items in easily accessible locations. You want to be sure to have plenty of toiletries, water and food readily available when you arrive at your new home.
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