MD Transportation Group knows that the entire moving process is exhausting and stressful. It is easy to forget and overlook many important steps that one must take prior to moving. Please read on for some helpful hints that will make your transition smoother and easier!
Who needs a pungent, wet mess in their kitchen on moving day? If you plan to bring your refrigerator with you, to ensure that this doesn’t happen, remember to turn off and defrost your refrigerator at least one day prior to moving, and wipe up any liquid on the floor.
It is well worth the money to hire a sitter for your children and pets on moving day. This frees you from having to supervise them, so that you may oversee the movers instead, and tie up any of the inevitable loose ends that tend to pop up the day of!
Try to make your last grocery shopping trip two weeks prior to your moving date. This will give you enough time to eat most items in the fridge, freezer, and pantry, minimizing waste.
Items that you do not wish to take with you would be greatly appreciated by any number of local nonprofits, many of which offer free pickup. Organizations such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul and others gladly accept clothing, home furnishings, books, electronics and more. Arrange a pickup date at least one week prior to moving day.
You may also have items of considerable value that for some reason or another, you cannot or do not wish to bring with you. It’s a great idea to sell these items online to make some money. Websites to check out include eBay, Etsy and Craigslist. This is best accomplished at least two weeks prior to moving, to give you ample time to pack and ship all sold items, and donate or disburse to friends and family any items not successfully sold online.
The tedious but important task of filling out change-of-address forms for all necessary accounts can be simplified by going online. Government agencies such as the DMV, Social Security, etc. can all be done online, as can private institutions such as banks, credit unions, health insurance, car insurance and home insurance companies, etc. Remember to inform your employer and medical professionals of your new contact information so you do not miss any important mail. Also remember to have your mail forwarded to your new address by going to the U.S. Postal Service website and filling out your mail forwarding request. Allot at least two weeks before moving to contact all the necessary parties.
Filling out all the official paperwork to inform companies of your new address, it is easy to forget to make sure friends, family and business connections are aware of your new contact information. Be sure to contact everyone, whether formally or informally, to give them all the pertinent information.
Last but not least, it is imperative for renters to take photos of your old home once it is cleaned and empty. Before unpacking at your new home, take photos of its condition once you arrive, when it is completely empty. This will help for insurance purposes, plus protect you in the event of litigation between you and a landlord.