In a normal move there’s always the settling in part that usually consists of simple details to enormous tasks. But don't despair, some of the most important things in life won't change, and they are your family, safety and comfort. Below are the 5 Top Things to Consider During the Move that you can do to simplify the work and make the arrival more pleasant. So before you load up the truck and get on the road / plane, take a look at the list below and prepare for a stress-free move.
- Fundamental Box Close-by: A fundamental box is a box that should stay with you at all times while traveling to the new place. What good is it if you have a fundamental box and it is packed up in the moving truck, or on the plane in the wing? Even when running around the city, I have a fundamental box stocked with emergency items in the trunk. I store things like granola bars, water bottles, light jackets, hats, medication, wet wipes, kids play. I can't count the number of times that the light jacket, and the hat have saved my daughter from the harsh sun and chilly cold mornings.
- Change Old Locks to New Locks: Change the locks of the new place before you get there, if possible. When you buy a brand new house, it doesn’t matter so much. However, if your house is not brand new, do not assume that you are getting all the copies of the house keys. You don’t know if the past owners have friends or relatives that have copies. We would like to think that once the previous owners moved, it also meant they've ended their ties with the house, but one never knows. For safety and a peace of mind it is just good practice and one that cost very little up front versus the unmeasurable invasion of your privacy and home.
- Start Utilities Ahead of Arrival: Depending on what time you arrive to the new place, but if it is going to be later which will be dark, you will need electricity. It you have children, make sure the refrigerator is plugged in so that you can use it for drinks and milk. Another important utility item is water, you will need the water running to wash kids’ hands or kids for that matter, you’ll need water to make ice or hot water. Electricity working and water running are the two items I find instantaneously necessary on arrival.
- Neighborhood Online Communities: This is a great resource for new neighbors. There are many ways that I have found this service useful. For one it is a great way for you to meet new people in your neighborhood. Get and account and signed-up, write a little description of yourself. If you are worried about privacy stay to the general things like, activities hiking, tennis, reading, it’s pretty safe. You can also go by a nickname if you don’t want your real full name displayed. The classifies in the community is a lot safer than Craigslist, if you’ve moved a couch to the new house, then realized you miscalculated and it will be too big. Advertise it for sale, it is better to sell to your neighbor than some random people on Craigslist, that would then know where you live. But the best use for a move from this community was the placement for FREE moving boxes. Get rid of them yourself and meet new neighbors at the same time. It’s ingenious!
- Forward / Transfer Mail to New Address: This item is almost a prerequisite of moving. Even now with the little mail that we get daily in the mail box, versus before having the internet, there are still plenty of items that can not be delivered through the computer or online. For people who ordered items for monthly delivery, make sure you've put in for mail to be forwarded. I am still amazed at how many people would forget to do this step until the very last minute, or have not received their packages as they expected because they omitted this item from their moving list.