I just moved for the 17th time. Experience is an excellent teacher and, thanks to my moving experience, I automatically take steps to make moving easier and cheaper. Preparation counts as you get ready to leave your old place and relocate to your new one. Take these steps before you pack a thing.
1. Be ruthless about sorting. Moving gives you the opportunity to get rid of the stuff you do not need. Sort items into two categories, keep and discard. If you have not worn a pair of slacks for two years, you probably do not need them. Get ride of extra magazines, books, garden tools – whatever. Moving costs are based on distance, weight, and manpower. Sorting items in advance helps to lower your bill.
2. Make a list of the furniture you plan to put in each room. Your written list will not only help you with sorting, it will help you determine future needs. For example, you may need a new coffee table. If you buy new furniture or kitchen items or accessories for you new place, make sure you keep all receipts.
3. Make a list of the decorative items you plan to put in each room. Over the years my husband and I have collected many photos and pictures. Our new place is much smaller than the last and, much as we liked all of these pictures, we could not keep all of them. I discarded some faded photos and donated pictures to the Goodwill. I had one picture, a pastel portrait of my husband, re-framed for our new place.
4. Go through correspondence and legal papers. Allow lots of time for this because you do not want to lose important papers while you're moving, I bought a small file box for my husband's medical bills. I also culled the documents that we stored in metal filing cabinets. To ensure the safekeeping of documents, I moved filed cabinets to our new place before the van arrived. I kept all the documents associated with our new place in a separate box. Like me, you may wish to buy some small file boxes.
5. Arrange for phone, Internet, and television service. In today's high-tech world I thought I could arrange for these services quickly. I was wrong .. After working with the communications company for three hours I thought things were under control, only to have friends tell me my phone was not working. Keep communication documents in a large, brown envelope. Make sure all of your old bills are paid.
6. Check on your home insurance. I called our insurance company weeks ahead and took out a policy on our new place. Our old house has not sold yet, so it is still insured. As soon as the house sells I will cancel this policy. When it comes to insurance, it's better to be safe than sorry. Does your policy have a realistic estimate on the value of your personal property? This is something to check out as you move.
Sure, moving is stressful, but preparing for it will help to contain stress. Once you've settled you can sit down, relax, a bit, and pat yourself on the back for arranging a smooth move.
Copyright 2014 by Harriet Hodgson