9 Things To Remember Before Shifting To A New Home

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

There are always two reactions when it comes to moving. One is, “Yay, we are moving!” and the other is, “Oh no! We have to shift!”. Be it the thrill of shifting to a new home or the anticipation of having to move to another place; there is more to it than just packing boxes and labeling them. When the excitement drops and you imagine how you will have to first gather everything, get them to the new location, and then unwrap and set it all in a day or two, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed about it. Even if you keep a list of what you put in each carton, sometimes the nervousness in the air is enough to distract you. So, if you are a person who shifts houses a lot, or even if you aren’t and this is the first time, this article is dedicated to you. In addition to keeping your pets safe and packing the glassware in wool, here are some excellent tips that will make your moving process absolutely flawless.

1. Print A Map Of Your New Home

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Printing a map may sound like an idea out of your grandpa’s trunk, but trust us, this works like magic. The plan of your house can assist you in organizing your home better. It will also make it possible to take measurements of the rooms and determine where to set your furniture. You can also write notes so that the movers know which boxes belong where. This way, you will make the process easier and minimize the time to decide where to place everything. Though we like to keep everything digital, having a physical hard copy of the map can give you a more clear idea and you can mark your sets easily. Sometimes, it is best to use old-school techniques to get clarity. It will also help you get a better idea of your house plan. Just pin it temporarily on a wall and mark away.

2. Start Sorting Through Your Things Early

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An excellent way to make the moving and packing process less stressful is to cut down on the clutter. Many people don’t realize the majority of things they own are stuff they don’t use. When moving day arrives, they are forced to carry everything to the new residence. To prevent this from happening, begin cleaning out your home early. You may want to donate things or sell them off, so planning a month ahead of the moving day is better.

3. Start Packing In Advance

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Whatever you do, do not wait until a week before the move date to begin packing! Start planning at least a month or two before shifting. Begin with the largest rooms within the house to store all the things you’ll not need for the coming months or two. This includes furniture, home decor, and seasonal items such as books, winter gear, and furniture that are not essential.

We agree, sometimes, procrastination gets the best of us and we make ourselves believe that it is totally possible to pull off a superhuman stunt of getting things organized. But the last-minute panic can definitely make you rethink your choices. So grab a cup of coffee and pan out a whole plan on paper a month ago to keep your mind at ease. Kudos to a smooth transition!

4. Make A List For Every Room

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Create a list of items to keep in mind when you move to each room of the house. As you put things in boxes, note down the contents of that specific container on a piece of paper. After that, you can seal the container and label it appropriately.

5. Pack A Box Of Essentials For Moving Day

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Packaging the essential items should be at the top of your to-do list during a move. It is crucial to have clean clothing, chargers, water bottles, pajamas, towels, linens, toiletries, and medicines when you relocate. If you have children, set up their bowls of choice as well as toys. If there are pets in your home, take food items and leashes. It is also essential to make a small emergency kit for travel.

6. Check With Your Moving Company

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If you’ve found an agency for moving, you should check in with them a couple of days before moving. The days of moving are busy, and there are a lot of people around, you must keep them alert before the shifting starts. Also, if you are moving to a far-off place and have expensive furniture, getting your stuff insured is a smart move.

7. Arrange For Additional Help On Moving Day

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If you’ve hired professional movers to manage the move, you’re ready. However, it’s not a bad idea to get some help for cleaning, unpacking, or simply taking care of your children or pets. It is the perfect time to gather your friends and family and inform them of the date you’re moving. Ask them if they can give a few hours to help, even for minor tasks.

8. Change Your Address

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One of the most important things to keep in mind when you move home is to notify the change of address to significant institutions. You’ll have to inform your office, utility, and Internet providers, along with banks, schools, and medical professionals, of the new address. Be sure to change or cancel your monthly magazine subscriptions and deliveries too.

9. Do A Final Check Before Leaving

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Once your home has been cleared, it’s time to conduct an inspection. The first step is to check the gas connection, water, and electricity meters. Write down the readings you have received. You will need to check if the windows and doors are secured and the faucets are closed. Find any items left behind under the beds, cabinets as well as inside the cupboards.

So now that you know exactly what you need to do for easy-shifting, moving places should not be a nightmare! If you think you don’t need any professional moving help and; you manage it yourself, make sure you prep two months in advance and pack everything beforehand. You will also need to get a lot of cartons and make sure you locate the garbage disposal system before shifting! Do you have any tricks that can make your shifting easier? Let us know in the comments below.

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