How to plan for a move

How to plan for a move

Change is one of the few constants in life these days, and when it takes place most Americans are happy to pack up their possessions and find a new home.  You may have a growing family, get a new job in a different city, be looking for somewhere cheaper, or just want to find a better place to live. Whatever your motivation for making a move, it can be difficult to orchestrate the relocation of all your possessions from one place to another.  Instead of making it up as you go along and just hoping that everything will work out for the best, it is a far better idea to have a solid plan in place ahead of the move.

After the move has been completed, you are more likely to want to relax and have a drink than run around accomplishing yet more tedious but necessary tasks.  You can save yourself this irritation by getting these things taken care of beforehand.  One thing that needs to be dealt with is changing your address; therefore, you should inform the bank, post office and any and all other important contacts about your upcoming relocation before it takes place to ensure that everything has been updated and is in order by the time you move.

There are many small tasks that need to be accomplished and it is a lot easier to remember all of them if you take the time to sit down and come up with a list.  This list also enables you to check off these tasks as and when they are completed, which can be very satisfying and really make you feel like you are progressing.

If you also have children and pets to take into consideration, this increases the amount of things that you will have to remember.  A list can help you to organize your thoughts and ideally should be drawn up a couple of months prior to relocation.  There will be some tasks that require completion earlier than others; therefore, including deadlines is of paramount importance, which should be scheduled accordingly and stuck to.  When you are compiling your list you should also create an inventory of all the items that you will be moving, which will be useful if you need to claim on your insurance.  An inventory can also be helpful when you are unpacking in your new home.

Moving can be a lot of hard work and even if you are relocating to somewhere that is more affordable, it can still be a costly experience.  There is therefore little point in paying to buy moving supplies that you can just as easily get for nothing.  The best idea is to start visiting local department or appliance stores for free boxes.  Local grocery stores can also be a good source of boxes; however, you should avoid those that have carried any frozen produce, as these boxes could have water damage.