Use this moving checklist to make a smooth transition to your new home.
Moving to a new home is a big change in anyone’s life. Moving house requires you to be organized, efficient, and ready for anything. To make your move less stressful, there are several things to complete. This short checklist will help ensure you get them done.
1. Connect Your Electricity
Before you move, you need to have the electricity reconnected at the new place to make sure you have power when you move in. The process of connecting your electricity and having it charged to your account is quite simple.
- Call your energy provider
- Give them the address of the new property
- The dates when you need the power connected
- Your new contact details
Preparing to have your electricity connected before you move will save you time. It’s also important to change it over before you move so the previous tenants aren’t charged for the electricity that you use.
2. Transfer Phone and Internet Service
The next thing you need to do is have your phone and internet connection connected in your new home. Just like the electricity service, you will need to call your provider and provide them with the same information. Internet and phone providers often need to schedule appointments to come install or turn on your service, so it’s important to make this call a few weeks in advance.
3. Have A Moving Day Plan For Pets And Children
On moving day it’s important to have a plan in place for young children and pets. With the stress of moving, it can be difficult to keep your children or pets contained and under control. If possible, ask family or friends to watch your kids and pets at their place for the day, or hire a sitter to do so. You can also board your pet at a kennel or with your vet.
If you can’t make other arrangements, here are some suggestions to keep your kids and pets safe while you move.
- Keep your pet inside a carrier or exercise pen with water, a litter tray or some food.
- For children old enough to understand the moving process, give them the job of looking after the pet while you load and unload boxes. This gives them something to do while also keeping keep them out of the way.
- For very young children, keep them in a pram, stroller, or playpen. Make sure it’s in a shady spot where you can keep a constant eye on them.
- Try your best to keep children on a regular eating and napping routine on moving day. Following their regular schedule will help to kids avoid being cranky, tired and stressed.
4. Update Your Family And Friends
If you know your contact details before the move, give them to your friends and family members so they can keep in touch. This information includes:
- Phone numbers
- New home address
- Mobile number if you have a new one
5. Notify Services of Address Change
Changing your address may sound like a simple task but it can be more time consuming than you think. Your first step is to file a change of address form with the postal service. This will help them forward all incoming mail to your new address. Other places to notify about your address change include:
- Insurance companies
- Voter registration in your new state
- Subscription companies that send magazines etc. through the mail
- Accountants, investment companies, and the like
Moving home is something that takes great thought. By planning ahead and taking care of these things prior to the move you will have a successful and less stressful moving day. Do you have other tips to add to the list? Share them in the comments below!
This is a guest post written by Steve Marshall. Steve is a businessman, author, adventurer, educator and public speaker. His passion for Land Rovers saw him buy a business that would help fund his Land Rover passion and give him the opportunity to travel while being his own boss. In 1996, he started Self Move Hire. Steve started with trailers operating as a one-man ‘band’. Today Self Move Hire is a leading ute and van hire company spanning the nation.
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