Moving house can be a stressful time in anyone’s life. This stress can be compounded if you are partway through the move and discover that you have forgotten to do something important. One way to avoid this scenario is to make a list of everything that needs to get done before you begin the process.
Many of the things you can do to make your move smoother can be done days or weeks in advance. In most cases, you can contact the utility company and tell them when you are moving and need services stopped at your old address and started at your new address well in advance of the move. This means one less thing that you have to worry about on moving day, and also ensures that you have uninterrupted services.
Internet and television services are not as important as electricity, but having them in place ahead of time can make relaxing after a long day of moving much easier. Depending on the coverage in your area and how far you move, you may need to sign up with a new provider. Make sure to discontinue your old service in a timely manner, so that you don’t pay for overlapping coverage for too long.
Mail redirection can also usually be done ahead of time. Be aware that some mail may not be redirected because of certain postal policies. Magazine subscriptions are common examples of mail that may not be redirected. These must be handled directly, on a case-by-case basis.
If you have homeowner’s insurance, you will need to discuss the situation with your insurance company. Usually, you will need to discontinue your policy and take out a new one on the new property. Renter’s insurance is often easier to deal with, since the policy is more attached to you and not so much to the property. However, you will need to notify the company of your move and deal with any rate changes before you are covered in your new home.
Although they will not show up until moving day, hire your removalists as far ahead of time as possible. Removalists get busy during certain times of the year, and on many weekends. Booking them ahead of time ensures that you get your pick of quality services, and don’t have to scramble to find help at the last minute.
Moving is always stressful, but it doesn’t have to be miserable. Consider making a list of things to do several weeks or even months before your move. Work at getting these important tasks completed in the time before the actual moving day, and you will find that a lot of your stress can be avoided.
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