Moving can take a toll on anyone! It is time consuming and expensive. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to prepare for your move to make it a little less stressful.

How should I prepare to move house?

About six weeks before the move, take the time to declutter. Go through your home and decide which things you can part with. This will drastically reduce the number of boxes you have to pack and thus the number of boxes you will have to move and unpack. Also, create ring binder or folder where you can keep receipts and records you will need for your move, such as a lease, contracts, and the like.

About five weeks prior to moving, complete change of address paperwork so that you can make sure that your mail will have time to get forwarded. Also, notify anyone you have outstanding bills with about your move so that they can change your address in their system. Let veterinarians, your GP, and your child’s school know that you are moving. Give them your updated address and request copies of records to take with you to your new location if you’ll be far enough away to change providers.

About four weeks before the move start gathering the supplies you will need to move including boxes, packing paper, tape and markers. Go through each room in your home and identify items that are not immediately necessary and start packing them away. Leave out only the items you will be needing over the next month.

About three weeks before the move check to be sure your change of address notifications went through. Take a look at your storage areas such as the attic, basement and garage for things that have not been packed yet. Also, if kids or pets are involved, make arrangements for them for moving day.

About one to two weeks before the move double check the moving date with the removal company to make sure you are on the same page. Close your bank account if there is not a branch where you are moving.

On moving day, after everything is moved out, do a final walk through to make sure that you have not missed any furniture or boxes. Make sure that all appliances are turned off. Be sure to get to your new home before the movers arrive. Before the movers leave, check your items to make sure that everything is intact. Finally, enjoy your new home.

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