So you have started planning for your move, have a budget in place, hired a moving company, and set everything. The next thing is preparing for the new home. Here is a list of the things you need to do, some of which you might not have thought of as you prepare for your new home.
Confirm your moving date
Even after booking a moving date with your moving company, you want to make sure everything is in order by confirming a day or two before. Contact the moving company to confirm the moving date and ensure you are on the same page with them. Be on the same page with your previous homeowner as well by reminding them of your move.
Apply for a change of address and transfer utilities
Remember to fill in the forms for a change of address in advance. You don’t want to give people a difficult time finding you. Also, notify your bank and other essential services of the new address so that they can reach you any time they need to contact you.
Transfer your utilities early before you get to your new home and find out that you do not have electricity. Call all your utility companies, including electricity, water, internet, and gas, and notify them of your move before arriving at your new home.
Schedule a cleaning and fix urgent repairs
You must clean your new home thoroughly before moving in. Even if it was previously inhabited, those who moved out probably missed a few things while cleaning. You can use a professional cleaning service to clean and disinfect the house for you. If you live nearby, you can save some bucks by cleaning the new home yourself.
Whether relocating to a new house or a previously inhabited one, you may want to schedule some home improvements before moving in. Identify what needs attention, fix any urgent repairs, improve some things here and there so that you can unpack and settle right away.
Get moving insurance.
If you are moving with expensive appliances and other fragile items, it is best to get moving insurance to cover you in case of any damages. Your moving company carries at least basic liability insurance, but you must talk to them to find out about your options.
Reserve ample parking space for the moving truck and prep your current home
You don’t want to get to your new home, only to find no parking space for the moving truck leading to many other inconveniences. If your new home doesn’t have enough parking or the parking is far away from your front door, ensure you reserve a parking space early enough. You can talk to your neighbors about using their driveway during the move.
Ensure the movers have a clear pathway to use when hauling and transporting your stuff to the truck. Remove the rugs to ensure a moving dolly can roll in and out quickly, ensure the kids are out of the way unless they are helping to move the boxes, and have plans for your dogs and other pets so that they aren’t in the way of your movers. Also, ensure the driveway and parking are easy to navigate.
Arrive with your movers to direct them where to place what when unloading.