Moving into a new home is usually an exciting milestone. It can also be stressful dealing with the logistics and finances involved. You are essentially moving your entire life to a new place, and whether that place is across town or across the country, you likely want to know how to make the whole process go as smoothly as possible. So what steps should you take when preparing to move? We’ve compiled a few steps here.
Time it right. For many people, especially those with kids, summer is the best time to move since it’s the least disruptive to their schedule. Also, you will want to think about the time of year it is, and weather factors for both the area you are moving from and the area you are moving to.
Downsize. The easiest time to go through old clothes or items that you may not wear or need anymore is while you are packing and organizing for a move. Have a box set aside that is only for items you want to donate, and take it by a resale shop or thrift store on your way out of town.
Start packing early. If you have seldom-used items, such as cooking utensils you rarely need or winter coats when you are moving in the summer, get those packed right away so that you have less to worry about when it comes to packing up the rest of your home.
Gather estimates from movers. It’s a good idea to look at a few different options when it comes to movers. Get recommendations from friends and family members and find a reliable company to work with. It is possible to hire a reputable company without needing to spend a fortune.
Watch your grocery choices in the weeks leading to the move. Don’t buy food that isn’t going to be eaten or is going to spoil without refrigeration at least 2 weeks before your move. If possible, buy only the bare minimum you’ll need in the last week, to save yourself the hassle of transporting food from one location to another.
These are just a few of the great tips people have when it comes to preparing to move. Other things you can do to prepare yourself and your family, is avoid opening credit cards (this could hurt your credit check), let your kids what to expect during the move, and plan arrangements for your pets if they will need to be boarded or transported separately.
The last, but most important, thing you should do when preparing to move is ensure that you have the right New London Homeowners Insurance coverage to make sure you have a smooth transition. Homeowners throughout Connecticut and Southern New England look to the Byrnes Agency to protect their homes in the event of damage or liability. Please contact us today at one of our various locations for more information.