Updated: Jan 5
Moving is supposed to be exiting, right? While there’s nothing like embarking on a new start, you will no doubt encounter a few bumps in the road. Here are six quick tips for making your relocation a smooth and successful process.
Do Your Research
Before you make the move, try to find out as much as possible about the city you are relocating to. From local businesses to restaurants and school districts. A quick search on the internet can offer loads of information. If you get to visit the area before the move, talk to the locals and drive around a few neighborhoods to get a good feel for the area.
Find Your New Home
It can be really tough to find a home when you don’t live in the area. This is where the help of a knowledgeable real estate agent comes in handy. Your real estate agent will have a deep sense of the area and can help you find the perfect home. If you have questions about the area, feel free to contact me!
Hire a Trustworthy Moving Company
First, ask friends and family what companies they have used when moving and if they would recommend them. Take a look online for reviews as well. The last thing you want to do is a hire a moving company and have all of your things damaged or broken upon arrival at your new home.
Pack Important Things in Your Car
Pack all important documents and items in a separate box and clearly label them. You will want these boxes to travel with you in your vehicle since they are sensitive and have important information.
One of the biggest ways to add stress to a relocation is to wait to pack until the last minute. Start putting things away at least a month in advance. You can wait to pack necessities like clothes until later on, but items that are not used often or are not in season should be packed early on. Save yourself time and energy by being proactive with your packing efforts. This is also an opportunity to throw things out and sell things you no longer want or need.
This one’s easy to forget. Several weeks before the big move, you need to notify the USPS of your new address. All you have to do is go online to the USPS website and pick the date you want your mail to begin forwarding.
Notify Utility Companies
You should notify your utility company of your upcoming move so that everything is up and running within the first week of moving in. You should also ensure that your cable, electricity, and gas are turned off the day you move out.
Transfer Your Driver’s License
Many states will require that you transfer your license within a certain time period after residency. To transfer an out-of-state license, visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. You will likely need your current license, proof of residency, social security card and a birth certificate or additional form of identification.
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