7 Things to Remember to Do Before Your Move

Moving to a new home is daunting, especially when remembering everything to do before you leave. Other than the overwhelming responsibility of gathering, sorting, and packing your belongings, there are a few things that you might forget to do before moving. Completing these tasks before you leave ensures a smooth and stress-free transition. Family Moving & Storage will take care of the complex packing for you so you can focus on the rest of your move.

  1. Notify Your Utility Companies

One of the most important things to do before moving out of your home is to notify your utility companies of your moving date. Utilities usually include electricity, gas, water, and cable/internet providers. Usually, you will need to notify them at least 1-2 weeks before your moving date to ensure that you don’t get overcharged for services you aren’t using, prevent them from shutting off your services too early, and ensure you have everything turned on when you arrive at your new place. 

When notifying utility companies of your upcoming relocation, it’s important to be clear, concise, and organized. Here are a few tips to guide you:

  1. Prepare a Comprehensive List: Document all your service providers. Include water, electricity, gas, and subscriptions like internet, cable, newspapers, and home security systems.
  2. Start Early: Don’t wait until the last minute. As mentioned, initiate the process 1-2 weeks before your moving date. Some services may require more time to process your request.
  3. Double-Check Dates: Make sure you’ve got the dates right. You wouldn’t want your services to be disconnected before you move or not have them functioning when you arrive at your new home.
  4. Keep Records: Always record your interactions for future reference. Keep track of any emails, physical letters, or recorded phone conversations.
  5. Final Meter Readings: On moving day, take note of your final meter readings. This will help resolve any discrepancies in your final bill.
  1. Cancel or Transfer Your Subscriptions and Memberships

It’s easy to forget about the small things like magazine subscriptions, gym memberships, and other regular subscriptions you have. Be sure to cancel or transfer them before your big move. When canceling subscriptions, compile a comprehensive list of all your memberships. Review bank and credit card statements to ensure you have caught all of them. Next, prioritize your list based on each service’s cancellation and transfer policies. Some subscriptions may require a notice period, so tackle these first. Remember to keep a record of your cancellation requests in case there are any disputes later. Opt for a written cancellation request over a verbal one for documentation. Lastly, monitor your bank statements after cancellation to avoid unexpected charges. This will avoid getting charged for services you no longer use and ensure you will get all incoming mail deliveries.

  1. Update Your Contact Information

Updating your contact information with all your associations before moving out is tedious but necessary. First, update your contact information with your employer, including your address for payroll purposes and emergency contact details. It’s also crucial to notify your child’s school so that any necessary correspondence reaches your new address and the school is aware of emergencies or a new bus route. If your child is changing schools, you will need to withdraw them from the old one. Ensure your child remembers to clean their desk and locker before their last day!

Most importantly, inform your mail carrier about your change of address and update your address info for your bank account, credit cards, and driver’s license. Additionally, inform your healthcare providers, such as your general practitioner, dentist, and specialists, about your new contact information. Finally, remember to update your details or cancel services with providers like your house cleaner, lawn care specialist, and pet care provider. After your move, consider applying for local memberships like the gym or public library. Furthermore, inform any friends or family members who may need to reach you or your new physical and mailing addresses. These changes are vital to avoid confusion, extra charges, and unnecessary stress during this demanding time.

  1. Check on Your Insurance Coverage

Before moving out of your city, you should review your insurance policies to ensure you have adequate coverage for your new location. This includes car, health, and homeowners or renters’ insurance. Depending on your new location, you may need to update or obtain new policies. Don’t forget about any pet insurance coverage you may have, too!

Updating insurance policies is a straightforward process. Firstly, contact your insurance provider and inform them about your move. Provide them with your new address and any additional details pertinent to the policy, such as the size of the new home for homeowners’ insurance or any changes in car storage for car insurance. They will then adjust your policy and premiums accordingly. You may need to provide additional information or documents, depending on the insurance company’s requirements. If your current provider doesn’t cover your new location, you may need to shop for new policies. Consider using an insurance comparison website to find the best rates and coverage. Remember to cancel your old policies after securing new ones to avoid unnecessary costs.

  1. Take Care of Your Property

If you are moving out of a rented property, clean and repair everything before you leave. This way, you will receive a full refund of your security deposit, and the next tenant will have a clean and tidy house to move into. If you own your home, transfer or cancel any maintenance responsibilities to the new owner, such as lawn care, pool cleaning, and pest control. Some overlooked areas to clean or fix include minor, less noticeable places like the inside of kitchen appliances such as ovens and refrigerators, behind large furniture, and under rugs. It is common to forget wall damage from picture frames or shelving, worn-out or stained carpets, and grime buildup in bathroom grout. Remember garden maintenance if you have outdoor space, as the new owners will also expect this to be tidy. Thorough cleanliness and repair can ensure the timely return of your security deposit and minimal issues with future owners.

  1. Say Goodbye to Your Neighborhood

Moving away can be bittersweet, but you can make the transition easier by saying goodbye to your favorite spots and people in your neighborhood before your move. You can visit your favorite restaurants, shops, parks, or other sentimental places. Saying goodbye to your nearby family, neighbors, and even coworkers might be the toughest thing to do. Reflect on fond memories of your time together and plan one last visit. Think about hosting a farewell party or scheduling a casual get-together at a favorite bar/restaurant. Remember to make sure you have everyone’s contact information! 

  1. Hire a Professional Moving Company

One last thing to do before moving is to hire a professional company. Moving requires a lot of physical labor and is stressful for you and your family. Hiring a competent moving company will relieve some of the stress by ensuring all your belongings are well-packed and transported safely. At Family Moving & Storage, we take pride in our fast service, reliable communication, and trustworthy moving staff.

We offer various services tailored to ensure smooth and hassle-free relocation. Experts handle delicate items with utmost care, using high-quality packing materials to prevent damage during transit for our packing services. We have tools to move larger objects, ensuring safe transport without unsightly scratches or other damage. Moreover, we can provide storage solutions for situations where the new space might not be ready for immediate move-in. By hiring a professional moving company, you’re investing in peace of mind, knowing that your belongings are in capable hands.

Trust Family Moving

Moving is a complicated process, but with adequate planning and preparation, you can have a much smoother transition. Before moving out of your home, don’t forget to inform your utility companies, cancel or transfer your subscriptions, check your insurance coverage, say goodbye to your neighborhood, and hire a professional moving company. With these things done, you can start a new chapter in your life with stress-free satisfaction. Let us help you get back to the important moving tasks by taking care of your packing, storage, and transportation. Contact us today and get started with a free quote!

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