Whether you are moving into a new apartment in town or hauling yourself halfway across the country, moving can be a real headache. There are dozens of packing tips and moving ideas out there to help make the transition easier, but here are five things you absolutely cannot forget to do before your next move.
- Change Your Address Two Weeks Prior To Moving
Besides utilities and cable, don’t forget about Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, car insurance, and your mail. Changing your address two weeks prior to moving will ensure that nothing gets lost.
- Book Your Moving Company at Least Three Weeks in Advance
If you don’t book early, you might not find anyone. You can go the cheaper route and ask friends and family, but be sure to pack your boxes extra safely. And of course, order pizza and buy beer for all your helpers.
- Transfer Records to the New School
Moving can sometimes mean you or your children will be attending a different school. Whether it be for you or your kids, be sure you have information set up with the new school so it’s less of a headache when school is in session. This includes vaccination records, report cards, and any medical history.
- Drain Gas & Oil From Lawn Equipment
If you live in a place where you own a lawn mower or weed whacker, you have to drain the hazardous, flammable liquid from them before moving. By law, a moving company cannot transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, ammunition, explosives bottled gases, and other flammables.
- Take Photos of Your Old Place Before You Leave & Your New Place Before It’s Full
These photographs are evidence of the property’s condition in the event you get in a debacle with your landlord. They are also great memories of the things you changed, the way you lived, and the new beginnings in your life!
Don’t let moving overwhelm you. If you complete all five of these must-do tips, anything else you forgot is probably not the end of the world.
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