Moving into a new home can be an exciting experience, as it provides a fresh start and an opportunity to make new memories. Here are some tips to help you make the move go smoothly:
1. Make a list.
In addition to packing up your belongings, make a list of tasks you need to do before moving out of your old home. This can include canceling utilities and forwarding mail that you’ll need to take care of before leaving.
2. Make a plan.
Draw up a moving plan and timetable, and factor in enough time for packing and cleaning.
3. Start packing early.
Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing — it will only add stress to your already hectic schedule.
4. Label boxes clearly.
Write what is in each box on the outside of the packaging. You will then know where everything goes when you get to your new home.
5. Pack essentials separately.
Keep items like toiletries, clothes, and bedding in a separate box or bag to access them easily once you’ve moved in.
6. Keep a list of important phone numbers.
Have the contact information handy for your new utility companies, post office, doctor’s office, etc.
7. Label boxes fragile.
If there are any delicate items in your shipment, mark the boxes accordingly so that they are handled with care.
8. Pack a survival kit.
Include basics like toilet paper, shampoo, soap, and snacks in case you don’t get to your new home right away.
9. Protect your furniture.
Use moving blankets and furniture pads to protect your furniture from scratches and dings during transport.
10. Disassemble large items.
If you’re transporting a piece of furniture that’s too large to fit in a box, take it apart into smaller pieces first.
11. Take pictures of your electronics setup.
If you need to set up your electronics again in your new home, take pictures of how they are currently plugged in.
12. Keep essential documents with you.
Keep your passport, driver’s license, and other vital documents on hand during the move.
13. Pack an overnight bag.
In case you don’t get to your new home right away, pack an overnight bag with essentials like clothes, toiletries, a sleep mask, and earplugs for noise-sensitive sleepers.
14. Say goodbye to your old home.
Take some time to reflect on the memories you’ve made in your old home and say goodbye to it before moving on to the next chapter in your life.
15. Check in with your old neighbors.
Before you move out, say goodbye to your old neighbors and tell them when you’ll be moving into your new home.
16. Be aware of your new surroundings.
When you arrive at your new home, take a walk around the neighborhood and get to know your surroundings.
17. Clean the new home before you move in.
It will be much easier to unpack and settle in a new home that is already clean when you arrive.
18. Unpack essentials first.
Put together beds, arrange furniture, and hang up clothes as soon as possible so you can start feeling at home right away.
19. Take your time.
There’s no need to rush through the moving process — savor this new experience.
20. Plan how you want your home’s interiors to look.
Before you start buying anything for your new home, make a plan for your home interior design so that everything will work together.
21. Make a list of things you need to buy.
Once you’re settled in, make a list of household items you’ll need to buy, like pots and pans, plates, and bedding.
22. Decorate your new home in your style.
Give your new home a personal touch by decorating it in your favorite colors and styles.
23. Get organized.
Set up a filing system for your papers and create folders for important documents like bank statements and tax returns.
24. Connect with local businesses.
Take advantage of the fact that you’re now living in a new city by connecting with local businesses for services like hair appointments, grocery shopping, and dry cleaning.
25. Join social groups.
Get to know your new community by joining social groups like local Facebook groups, book clubs, running clubs, or cooking classes. Go to community events, or meet up with friends of friends to start building relationships in your new neighborhood.
26. Take time for yourself.
Even though you’re busy getting to know your new home and community, make sure to schedule some downtime to relax and recharge.
27. Keep in touch with your old friends.
Even though you’re now living in a new city, don’t forget about your old friends — stay in touch with them via social media or Skype.
28. Be patient.
It may take a while to feel fully settled into your new home — give yourself time and don’t rush the process.
Once all the hard work of moving is done, take some time to celebrate and relax. Hold a housewarming party and invite both your old and new friends.
Enjoy Your New Home
Welcome to your new home and everything it has to offer. Congratulations on making a move. Follow the tips listed above to make your transition easier. It is now time to enjoy every moment of this new chapter in your life!