In the rush and excitement of buying a new home, dealing with the financing, going to the closing table, and celebrating the achievement, many forget to adequately plan the actual physical move of their families and belongings.
Here are a few things to consider when making a move.
• Do your homework and, along with price, check moving companies’ online reviews, references, and status with groups such as the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, or Home Advisor. A good mover can add to the fun of getting settled in your new home. You can usually count on reputable movers to be on time, to be careful with your belongings, and to honor agreements of price and service.
• Don’t neglect helping out as a way to get a lower cost from your moving company. You can probably wrap and box most of the smaller items in in preparation for moving. If you leave this for the movers, they’ll charge you for it. Consider leaving larger objects, such as furniture, to the pros, however.
• Remember to stay organized. Knowing what’s in each box and where it goes in the new house can save time and stress down the road when you’re unpacking and settling in.
• Pay attention to details. Moving is more than just the physical act of relocating your family and your things. There are service-providers to contact about stopping service at the old house and starting it up at the new one, for instance. You’ll want electricity, internet access, mail service and TV programming from day one in your new home.