1. Sort and Declutter:
Go through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or sell. This will make packing and moving easier and also reduce the cost of moving.
2. Book Movers or Rent a Truck:
Decide whether you will be hiring a professional moving company or renting a truck. Book your moving service in advance to avoid last-minute hassles.
3. Gather Packing Supplies:
Stock up on packing supplies like boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and markers. You can purchase them online or from a local store.
4. Label Boxes:
Label boxes clearly with the room they belong to and the contents inside. This will make unpacking easier and more efficient.
5. Notify Utility Companies:
Notify your utility companies, including gas, electricity, water, cable, and internet, about your move. Schedule a disconnection date for your old home and a connection date for your new home.
6. Change Your Address:
Inform the post office, banks, credit card companies, and other important contacts about your new address.
7. Notify the School, Doctors, and Others:
Notify your child's school, doctors, dentists, and any other important contacts about your move.
8. Pack Non-Essential Items First:
Start packing non-essential items first, such as books, decorations, and off-season clothing.
9. Pack a "Survival Kit":
Pack a bag with essentials like toiletries, medications, clothes, and snacks. Keep it with you during the move.
10. Clean Your Old Home:
Once everything is packed, clean your old home thoroughly. This will make the move-out process smoother and ensure you get your security deposit back.