8 Things You Should do Before Moving

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The days before a big move are filled with lists and preparation. Packing, purging, cleaning--it can be overwhelming! There's always more to do than you think. If you're planning on moving soon, here are 8 things you should consider doing before the big day arrives. 

Get rid of clutter around the house, including old clothes, shoes, and books

Do you have piles of clothes, shoes, and books that are taking up space in your home? You don't need to live with clutter any longer. Today we'll talk about how to get rid of old items around the house without feeling guilty or wasteful. Let's start with clothing. Instead of throwing away those old clothes lying at the bottom of your closet, why not donate them? Many people can't afford new clothes so they rely on donations from places like Goodwill. Next, let's talk about getting rid of excess shoes and books! If you only wear a certain type or style of shoes then it might be time to get rid of all those other pairs just sitting in your closet collecting dust. Books also take up valuable space so if there are books that you haven't read in the last year or two then it might be time to let them go.

Cleaning  garage clutter

If your garage is filled with junk, don't just sweep it into a single pile and forget about it! Garage cleanliness should be taken seriously because you'll need room for all of your boxes once you move. Don't let spills and debris ruin the important work that lies ahead. You should get started on cleaning out your garage before you're running late on packing (you know how things like this always happen). Moving can make people a little neurotic so we understand if it's difficult for some people to achieve perfect organization but try not to stress too much! You won't be able to pack efficiently if you're thinking about organizing the garage at the same time.

If you haven't cleaned out your garage in a long time then this is definitely something that needs to happen before moving day. Moving could be a lot more efficient and less stressful if there weren't so many things spread out across different areas of the garage. Spend some quality time getting rid of clutter and making sure boxes won't get lost in the mess!

Get organized now, not when it's already too late! Moving can take up much of your free time so make sure you organize everything ahead of time or else you'll end up throwing away good stuff just because it's not easy to find what you need when packing (or unpacking). It's a good idea to make a list of what you want to keep and then do your best to organize things accordingly. (Not everyone is great at being organized but we'll give you tips on how to become more organized if you have trouble with it.) Moving from one place to another can be difficult even for the most seasoned packers so this might be something that needs some practice before moving day arrives. 

Do you have pets?

Be familiar with your local rules regarding pets Moving can be stressful for both humans and animals so be sure that any new location allows pets because many places don't allow animals unless they're service dogs. Once you know whether or not your pet will be allowed in your rental, try doing everything possible to get them ready for moving day! Moving can be stressful for some animals so you may need to take extra steps before moving day arrives. Moving is an experience that can make some pets nervous, especially senior dogs or cats who have lived in the same place for a long time. Don't leave your pet alone during move-in day! The new surroundings and loud noises could stress them out so keep them close by to prevent excessive barking or other undesirable behavior.  

Put aside any emotional ties

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It's important not to get too attached to anything when moving. From household goods to pictures on the wall--many things hold sentimental value but they don't belong wherever you're moving next! Moving can force people into making difficult decisions like letting go of pictures, heirlooms, or even our most beloved furry friends. Moving is a big deal but it's something that happens to almost everyone at one point in their life. Moving can bring out the worst in some people and make them act extra emotional but try to stay calm throughout the entire moving process. Don't let any of your belongings become too important and don't get too attached. Moving is not easy for anyone (especially when you have an amazing collection of shoes)!

Have fun! Moving is a difficult process so be sure to keep things in perspective and enjoy yourself along the way! Moving from one city to another can be very exciting so make sure you take your time and explore the new environment! Moving can be a very exciting or even stressful experience but it's important to keep things in perspective. Moving from one city to another is an exciting yet scary business! Moving isn't easy for anyone so try your best to stay positive throughout the entire process. Moving into a new place means you get to unpack at last (and go on all sorts of adventures)!

Clean up after yourself - don't leave dishes in the sink or dirty clothes lying around

Don't leave food lying around because it attracts pests Moving is a time-consuming process and there's way too much to do already. You might be so close to being done with moving that you'd rather take a few days off work to finish the move than spend your weekend cleaning but don't be discouraged by all of the work ahead! Cleaning up after yourself can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Moving out of one place and into another usually means that there's a lot of cleaning involved but try not to overdo it with unnecessary dusting or scrubbing during this exhausting time!

Double Check All Your Belongings

It’s always a good idea to double-check your belongings before moving, but this is especially true if you are flying. You want to make sure your belongings will be safe and sound on the other side of the country or world when you finally reach your destination.  Moving is always a stressful time, so it’s important to be fully prepared for the move. To avoid any last-minute surprises or unexpected problems when you reach your new home.

Disconnect Utilities

Make sure to turn off any appliances or other utilities before they run out by contacting the utility company. Some companies won't turn off your utilities without advance notice, but there may be a fee for doing it sooner than scheduled. Make sure to tell them if you have pets since they can get lodged in space heaters or damaged wiring. If possible, disconnect and remove any electronics from the walls like cable boxes or audio equipment so they don't become damaged on their own while the movers are taking apart the furniture.

Hire a Reliable and Trustworthy Moving Company

Did you know that more than 50% of moving company complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau are for late delivery, and damage to household goods?

As much as possible, hire a reliable moving company. Moving companies may offer insurance for your belongings but make sure to read the fine print and get everything in writing. Here are a few key things to look for before hiring a moving company:

  1. Check for Online Reviews - Moving companies are businesses like any other. They want to build a reputation for excellence and be recognized by their customers. You can check online reviews from previous customers. Moving companies will often have websites with information about how they operate so that you can write the review after your moving experience with them is complete.
  2. Check Their Insurance Policy - Moving companies should carry insurance coverage for your belongings regardless of the method they use to transport them. Moving companies should offer you a copy of their insurance policy and clear details about what is covered in case damage happen during transit, as well as how claims are made. Moving can be very stressful so it's important to ask questions if you have any doubts about the process!
  3. Ask Family or Relatives for referrals - Moving companies should always be able to provide a list of previous customers you can contact for references. Moving is difficult and that’s why it’s best to ask family, friends or relatives who have used movers in the past 2 years and if they can recommend any good ones.

Inform your neighbors that you are moving out.

You wouldn't want your neighbors to be concerned that you're gone and then have no way of knowing when you'll get back. Moving out can put a damper on your relationship with your neighbors so it's a good idea to inform them that you are moving and when you'll be back.

Moving into a new neighborhood may mean meeting new families, friends, or even business connections so keep yourself busy during this time by having at least one person over at all times and be as social as possible otherwise it will feel like forever before you meet anyone!