Moving can be a monumental, almost overwhelming task.
Depending on the size of your new place, will all of your furniture fit, or is it wiser to sell it or give it away? The cost of shipping or storing furniture often ends up costing more than replacing everything.
The climate you will be living in might impact your decisions too. If you are going to live in a humid area, you might not want to take heavy curtains, thick rugs, etc.
Assuming that you plan to move everything, keep in mind that lifting and packing items takes a lot of time and energy, so many people choose to have their furniture professionally packed and moved. Among the options available, that is probably the most expensive choice, but it can bring peace of mind and if you have comprehensive insurance coverage against lost or damaged goods, professional movers could be the best choice for you. Look into deducting part or all of the cost of moving at tax time as well.
If you are going to rent a moving van or truck, and friends and family members will be helping with the move, carefully consider the final cost, since rental fees, taxes, gas to get to your destination and refill when you return the vehicle and insurance all add up. It will probably take longer if you move yourself and even well-meaning people can be careless or unaware of the correct way to stack boxes filled with fragile things.
Mark each box clearly on one side and the top with a list of contents when you are taping it closed. Leave items that you will need right away to be packed last, including laptops, scissors, pens, a few towels, toiletries, etc. Make a list of things you know you will need first and pack accordingly.
Types Of Movers
- Full Service
- Flat Rate
- Long Distance
- Home & Apartment
- Household & Furniture
- Cross Country & State To State
Utilities need to be disconnected but not until your old place is empty or nearly empty, just in case the move date is delayed. Be sure to give the utility company and cable company your new address so they can send the final bill and your deposit refund, if applicable. A permanent change of address can be filled out and submitted to the local post office, or for just over a dollar, you can make a change of address online, at usps.com.
Medical records should be ordered and taken with you as well, and be sure to close any bank accounts if you don’t have branches at your new place.