Moving is a stressful event, but it can be less stressful if you prepare.
Here are 9 items you should bring along with your move for an easier transition to your new home:
- Packing tape
- Tape measure
- Dish soap and sponge or dishwasher packs
- Broom and dustpan
- Clothes pins or clothes hangers (to hang items in the closet)
- Lint roller and fabric softener sheets (to keep clothing fresh between washes) -Extra set of keys to give to the landlord/apartment manager
- Cash and credit card
- Bottled water, snacks, or other items to make your new home feel a little more like home
- Box cutter (to cut down boxes)
Items you may not have considered:
- Avoid wearing clothes with strong scents. You can wear these again after cleaning them. But for now, pack them in your suitcase or another container that you can store elsewhere.
- Consider packing some cleaners and other supplies for the new home – like a cleaning kit with dish soap, sponges, paper towels, etc.; toiletries; light bulbs (if needed); basic tools to fix small household items
What to do before you move:
Find out what utilities are included in rent/mortgage payments:
- electric company service provider?
- cable TV provider?
- garbage pickup services?
- water and sewerage fees?
If not already agreed upon by the landlord, it will be important to negotiate this ahead of time so there may be no surprises when bills arrive after moving day.
- Contact utility companies about changing providers (electric, cable TV, garbage pickup service)
- Arrange to have a temporary phone number/email address before the move. This will be very helpful if you need to contact your moving company about when they are coming or for any emergencies that may happen on the day of the move.
What do I bring with me?
Planning ahead is key and it’s not just what you pack but also how much space in your car there will be. You don’t want to leave anything behind that might get damaged during transport because then all of this preparation would’ve been for nothing!