By Rhonda Campbell
Move from one house or apartment to another and you may quickly find out how much physical energy moving can exact from you. Moving can take several hours or days even if you’re moving from a mid-size apartment and not a full-size house. Of course, you can hire professional movers to pack, load and unload your furniture, clothes and dishes for you, but this will cost you money. And even then, you’re going to have to meet some deadlines and complete certain projects to ensure your move goes smoothly.
A moving checklist is a tool that can help streamline the process of moving out of an old and into a new home for you. By using a moving checklist, you can also ensure that you get certain items completed on time. For example, you can make sure you contact your utility company and let them know you’re moving. Without a moving checklist, this and other simple steps can easily go missed as your moving date nears. When you contact utility companies, find out what you need to do to have services turned off at your old home and what you need to do to have services turned off at your new home. Of course, if you’re using a new utility company at your new residence, be sure to contact that company and get step-by-step instructions on what you need to do to turn services on. Complete these steps for other services like cable, Internet service and telephone.
If you’re planning to hire professional movers to help you relocate, check with several moving companies. Add this to your moving checklist so you remember to compare prices and get information on the types of insurance the moving companies offer. Should you decide to rent a truck and move your belongings yourself, take the time to compare prices on trucks. Also, make sure you get a truck that’s large enough to hold a large portion of your belongings in one trip. This way, you won’t have to make several trips to complete your move. Another thing to look for is whether you can rent moving trucks by the hour or by the day. If you have a big moving project, you may be able to save money if you rent by the day.
Should you be moving out of an apartment, let your landlord know that you will be vacating the premises as soon as possible. As a renter, this is an important item to add to your moving checklist. Keep in mind that some landlord’s require you to give them at least a 30 day notice. Set aside time to clean the apartment thoroughly. For example, you may want to scrub the bathroom and kitchen and vacuum and shampoo the carpet. The better condition you leave your old apartment in, the better chances you have of recouping all of your security deposit money.
Of course, you’ll want to include supplies on your moving checklist. Packing supplies that are good to get in advance of your move are, of course, lots of moving boxes or plastic moving containers and masking tape. You can fold the tops of boxes, but sometimes applying masking tape to boxes can keep your belongings from falling out of the boxes during the move. Other moving supplies that can help make your move easier include wrapping paper, magic markers, labels, string and dollies. Places where you rent moving trucks may sell these types of supplies. You can also get supplies from discount and department stores. Furthermore, if you have pets, decide whether you want to leave your pets with a relative or friend to babysit while you move or take your pets to your new home and leave them in the house or yard until you finish moving.
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