Moving For The First Time? You Need This Checklist!


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Moving to a new house for the first time can be daunting, especially if it’s the very first time you’re living alone. Moving to a new house takes a lot of planning and preparation, and you need to know everything possible so that you can plan this to perfection.

You will find that you need more than a list of things to check off, including how much is the average electricity bill for the size of the property you’re renting or buying, who you speak to for the water bills in your new place and even knowing the local shops for your groceries. This list may feel neverending, but with enough time and planning, this will be a solid move for you and the whole family. So, what should you include in your checklist? Let’s take a look:

Your Moving Company

When you choose a moving company to help you to get from A to B, you need to make sure that they’re a legitimate company to use in the first place.

There are plenty of websites that will talk you through whether a moving company has good or bad reviews, and you could look into them. The Better Business Bureau is one of them, so make a note to check.

How Big The House Is

You’ve seen the house, but have you measured each room to know if your new furniture will fit? Once you know the room size, you should consider measuring your new furniture too, to check it’ll fit right! If you have the blueprints, you can check whether the furniture will fit where you want it to go, and then you can tell the movers where to move things, too.

Signing Up To Utility Companies

As you’re a newbie to this, you need to know who the utility companies are for water, gas, electric, and the internet. Once you know, you can sign up to them all and compare deals for the local area. You may be able to get a great deal, and this will help you before you move into the house.

You’ll know that you made the right choice when your budget is healthy!

Set A Date

If you want a move that’s not so expensive, choose to do it in the middle of the week. Your moving company will be expensive on the weekend compared to the middle of the week. It’s smart to also choose cheaper months to move in, such as between April to October.

Forward Your Mail

Even if you’re moving out of your parents, you’ll still have to let companies know you’ve moved. Your online accounts like Amazon, etc, need to be updated to include your new address, and you should let the driving license people know, too.

Label EVERYTHING

From the moving boxes to furniture wrapping, label everything so that the movers know where to go for each thing. Items should be labeled properly so that you don’t end up with the beds in the garage and the freezer in the kitchen when you want it elsewhere!

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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