Home ownership is an exciting prospect for couples, but you have to survive the mountains of boxes and the stress of moving before relaxing in your new nest. A smooth move starts long before the moving van arrives. In the weeks leading up to the big move, planning and organization of your belongings means fewer headaches on moving day.
Pack Essentials Last
The first few weeks in your new home are likely to be disorganized with lots of living out of boxes. To avoid lots of trips to the store, pack the essentials in separate, clearly marked boxes or suitcases. Place those boxes in your car instead of the moving van so they don't get mixed in with all of your other belongings. If you're not sure what to include in your essentials box, consider your basic needs on a daily basis. Include kitchen essentials, such as utensils, a can opener, plates, cups and paper towels. Add in medical and health supplies, including medication, a first aid kit and pain reliever for all of those moving aches and pains. Toilet paper, a shower curtain, extension cords, flashlights, a phone and cleaning supplies are also essentials. Don't forget the must-have cosmetics and hair dryer, either.
A nice warm shower ends a day full of moving on a relaxing note. Make sure you can enjoy that shower and all of your other utilities by connecting them before you move. Some utilities might already be connected, but extras, such as Internet, cable and phone service won't be functional until you order the services. Handling these calls before you move gives you less to worry about after moving, when you have plenty of unpacking to do.
Clearly labeled moving boxes helps keep move-in day better organized. The labels mean you can go directly to the box holding the necessary materials rather than digging through box after box to find your favorite slippers or the TV remote. Include both the room where the box belongs and the specific items inside the box. As you unload the moving van, stack the boxes in the corresponding room so you're already one step closer when it's time to unpack.
Most moves require a moving van, either one you drive yourself or a professional moving company that handles the work. No matter how you move, you'll need to consider the payment. Determine how you need to pay, whether you use a credit card, cashier's check or another form of payment. Prepare that payment before the move, especially if you need a cashier's check. This eliminates any problems the day of the move, getting you into your new home faster.
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