So you’ve signed your new lease (at Element, right?)! Congrats! Moving into a new home can be exciting and stressful all at the same time! The anticipation of being able to decorate a blank slate (aka your new walls) mixed with the dreadful feeling you get when you think about how many boxes you’ll have to pack and unpack can make the moving process full of mixed emotions! Well, we’re here to tell you that moving doesn’t have to be hard! Follow these steps to make your next move a breeze!
1. Start a checklist
A checklist will be your best friend during your move. Before your move date, sit down and brainstorm anything and everything that needs to get done for your move. Are you hiring movers or asking some friends or family to help? Do you need to purchase moving boxes? Do you need to cancel any utility services at your current home? If you have pets, do you have someone who can watch them on moving day? Include even the littlest of details! Better to be over-prepared than under, right? Also, there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing something off a to-do list. Are we right?
2. Change your address on important accounts
Once you know your new address, take a few minutes to update the address on all of your accounts (i.e. banking accounts, credit cards, loans, etc.) This will help make sure that any future correspondence by mail will go to your new address! Not to mention, having to stop and remember what zip code to use when purchasing gas with your credit card is pretty annoying.
3. Get your mail forwarded
Don’t forget to add forwarding your mail to your checklist; it’s a really important step! It’s super easy to do, takes only a few minutes, and can be done at any Post Office or online! The moving process is stressful enough… you wouldn’t want to add late fees to the mix when your bills ended up at the wrong address. Also, this is a great opportunity to figure out what other accounts need to be updated or what family members need to be reminded of your new address.
4. Purge before you pack
We know, sometimes that’s easier said than done. But trust us. Purging those clothes that no longer fit or the games you no longer play will make packing up your old home so much easier! Think about it this way: if you know you’re going to get rid of it anyway, why add the extra step of moving it to your new home before ditching it? And don’t feel like you have to be wasteful and throw them away. Donate them so that they’ll find a new home! Looking for some places to donate to? Check out Goodwill and Salvation Army.
So now that you’ve purged, it’s time to organize everything that’s moving to your new home! Start by sorting like items and packing up them up, always being sure to label the box with what’s inside and what room it’s from/headed to. Another great tip: use a color code system! Color coding your boxes with colored labels or colorful duct tape can help make sure the boxes end up in the right room! If you had to take any furniture apart, be sure to throw the hardware in a plastic baggie and label it with what piece of furniture it belongs to. Take all those plastic baggies and put them in the tool box we’ll tell you about below. And while we’re talking about boxes… think about investing in some plastic bins for moving. They’re sturdier and more environmentally friendly!
6. Pack Strategically
This one seems like a no brainer. But there’s no bigger frustration than realizing that the hammer and screwdriver are in two different boxes in the back of the moving truck. Our suggestion: pack all the tools that you may need for assembling furniture or hanging pictures in one box and set it aside from everything else. When you’re packing your moving truck, make sure you pack this box LAST! This also applies to things you may need for the first few days (toiletries, paper plates & utensils, towels, etc.) You’ll want easy access to those items since you may not finish unpacking everything on the first day you’re in your new place. Another strategic and resourceful moving tip: wrap your glass items in dishtowels, etc. to help save paper and bubble wrap. Plus, your fragile items will be extra padded.
7. Have Help
It’s no secret that mattresses and couches can be awkward to move because of their size, shape, and, of course, weight. Always remember to enlist the help of some family or friends (or hire movers) on your moving day. Plus, having help means extra hands to carry more things into your new apartment, which also means a speedy move. Trust us, you’ll be happy you did. Oh, and don’t forget to thank your trusty movers with some cold drinks and lunch. They’re working hard just like you! If you’re looking to hire movers in the Richmond area, check out Two Men and A Truck and Moving Made Easy. If you’re looking to rent a moving truck and DIY your move, check out U-Haul.
8. Odds & Ends
A few days before your move, be sure to call and connect your utilities (i.e. electricity, water, etc.) You don’t want to spend your first night in your new place without light. Where’s the fun in that? Most of the time, if you have a current account with your utility company (Dominion), it’s as simple as changing the address of where the service is provided. Once you’re all moved in, schedule a cable/internet technician (Comcast or Verizon) to come out and connect you to the rest of the world! In our day and age, that’s at the top of the checklist! And finally, take a minute to relax and enjoy your new home! Think about all the good memories that will be formed here!
Cheers to new adventures, friends!