Residential Moves—What You Need to Know
Although moving is an exciting and refreshing time, it’s also a stressful time, especially considering all the different elements needed to make it go smoothly. There are a few pitfalls to avoid, a number of opportunities to watch out for, and plenty of factors to take into consideration during the process.
Here are a few important things to keep in mind when preparing for a residential move.
Plan Well Ahead of Time
To go smoothly, the move needs to be well planned. A good timetable is to start at about two or three months out. This will allow the scheduling to avoid peak moving times, like the weekends or the middle of summer. It also allows plenty of time to hash out the details of what needs to be moved, how it will be packed, which moving company to choose, and how to handle everything entailed.
In addition to the actual move, the following details should be taken into account as well, including:
- Changes in doctors, schools, workplaces, etc.
- Filling out a change of address form with the post office
- Figuring out utility payments and services
- Updating the address on checks, documents, etc., and getting mail forwarded to the new home
- Permits and notices that you’ll be having movers on the property (if applicable)
- Securing moving insurance
These are just a few of the things that will need to be taken into account, all in addition to the technicalities of what will be moved, how it will be transported, when and how it will be packed up, and so forth.
Sort Out the Other End
It’s easy to get caught up in the packing and moving end of things, but just as important is making sure the new home is ready for the big day. This may mean getting certain repairs done to the new home, making sure it’s clean on moving day, and so forth. It can come as a shock to have everything packed up and ready to go only to find that it will need to be stored away for a few days when reaching the new destination.
Other important considerations should be enrolling children in their new school, getting new doctors, and so forth. The sooner it’s done, the better. It will help things go more smoothly logistically as well as helping everyone adjust to the new location more easily.
All utilities should be paid and current before moving out. In some cases, such as when moving out in the middle of a billing cycle, one might need to end certain services early. It all depends on whether the utility company can prorate the bill after moving out.
Utilities should also be ready to go prior to moving into the new home. Plan ahead and make the necessary calls to make sure all services are up and running prior to move-in day. It’s better to have these details worked out ahead of time rather than trying to survive a week or two without them.
Communication Is Key
Throughout the moving process there will be a number of people to communicate with. If you lease an apartment or live in a gated community, for example, you’ll need to make sure the powers that be are aware that you’ll have movers coming in. You’ll also need to make sure your movers have the information they need, such as whether they are required to gain permission prior to entering the property.
If you own a home and you’re moving out, it might be wise to let the neighbors know, especially if the neighborhood is part of a homeowner’s association or other organization.
Remember: Integrity Beats Price
A big part of the process is, naturally, selecting a moving service. You might be tempted to go for the lowest price, but this is generally not wise. It’s best to go with a full-service company like Johnnie T. Melia Moving and Storage that has been around for decades, knows the ins and outs of residential moving, and that—most of all—has integrity and a solid reputation. This will not only ensure that you can trust your movers, but that they will have the ability to handle the move in a safe and efficient manner. In the end, integrity and reliability beats a low-ball price hands down.