When it comes to moving your stuff, a little bit of preparation could go a long way. Here are 10 tips from the pros to help make the move less stressful:
- Develop a master "to do" list to keep you on track.
- Sort through belongings and eliminate items that no longer are needed or wanted. To help you decide, ask yourself these questions: When was the last time I used this? How does it make me feel? What is the worst possible thing that would happen if I didn't have this? If you have a great degree of hesitancy, then go ahead and keep it.
- Recycle belongings that are staying behind. A garage sale can be a lucrative and fun way to reduce the number of items to move. Or simply donate the items to charity or homeless shelters, children's hospitals or schools.
- Use up supplies that are not transportable. About four to six weeks before the move, use up cleaning supplies and eat food items in the freezer.
- Contact power, gas and phone, cable and internet companies about two weeks prior to your move date to have service discontinued or arrange for new connections at your new address. Click here for a list of utility company phone numbers.
- Take care of pets and plants. Take pets to the veterinarian and get copies of their records. Keep plants moist during the trip If you can't take plants to your new house, consider donating them to local nursing homes.
- Put together a "survival box" of items that will be need immediately upon arrival, such as light bulbs, linens, paper products, garbage bags, soap, tools, and a local phone book. Take the box with you instead of loading it on the van so you won't be unprepared if you arrive before the moving van does.
- Have your car serviced and get current prescriptions filled shortly before the move, so you won't be pressured to find service providers immediately after arriving at your new home.
- Send change-of-address cards to creditors, insurance companies, friends, magazine subscriptions and utility companies. Leave a forwarding address with the post office.
- Call insurance company to be sure they have the correct closing date and either set up insurance or cancel your current policy.
- Relax! Remember to bring a kettle, tea bags, coffee maker and mugs, cold beverages, champagne or beer and keep it accessible for when you arrive at your new home.
-Allied Van Lines and United Van Lines
Courtesy of The Daily Journal, Kankakee.
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