Moving house is always exciting, and often stressful. You have to deal with so many things: boxing up your valuables and personal belongings, arranging your transport, and picking the colors of your new bedroom. If you have a family, you might also need to deal with the resistance of children to leave their neighborhood, school, or friends. Below you will find some practical tips to make your house move less painful.
Keep All Paperwork Handy and Organized
You will need all your paperwork to transfer the services from your old house to the new one. If you just sold your house, you might want to use the realtor’s services to disconnect your heating and electricity, but you need to keep the proof. Make sure that you let your bank and employer know about your new address, and keep a copy of the letters with the date posted.
Create a Checklist
The best way of organizing your house move is to create moving checklist. You can set deadlines for each task to be completed, such as packing up clothes, emptying the garage, or ordering boxes for the house move. You will also have to write down tasks related to your family life, such as applying for a new school place, buying a bus pass to get to work, or updating your IRA account.
Shop Around for Water, Electricity, Heating, and Insurance
While moving home is stressful enough without having to shop around, you want to save money where you can. Go online when you can and compare the prices for satellite TV, internet, water, electricity, and heating. Make a list of companies with phone numbers and prices and keep it safe for after the move. Get quotes from multiple moving companies to compare their offers.
Visit the Neighborhood with Your Kids Regularly
Kids often feel stressed out about moving home. They are anxious about losing their friends and not being able to make new ones. To help your children settle in their new neighborhood, try to take them with you when you go to check out the new house, and let them go for a walk, send them down to the shop, or introduce them to other children living on the same street.
Meet Your Neighbors
You can get plenty of new information from your new neighbors, including the best schools and hospitals in the area, activities for children, community centers, and stores. They will be happy to answer your questions, and glad that you introduce yourself before you move. Turn up with a homemade cake after you move, or simply put a note in their postbox.
Plan Your Commute
Chances are you will have to go back to work after you moved. If you don’t know the area, trying to find your way to the office the first day will be a challenge. Plan your route and allow yourself extra time on your first day back to work.
Getting organized and taking care of all details is the key to successful moving. Make sure you have all your paperwork in place and you get the best deals on household services.