Moving can be a whirlwind of activity, often causing us to forget some essential steps necessary for a big move. To make sure your move goes smoothly, we’ve outlined the key points to focus on when preparing for a move.

1. Update Your Address

It’s crucial to update your address with the post office to ensure mail forwarding for up to a year. Do this at least 30 days before moving to guarantee that all your important mail moves with you. Also, inform your children’s schools and contacts about your new address.

2. Cancel Utilities and Services

Contact your utility providers (like electricity, water, phone, cable) and other services (like lawn care, pest control, cleaning) to notify them of your moving date. Align the service end date with your move to avoid any disruptions. Also, notify your Homeowners Association (HOA) to avoid extra fees.

3. Update Insurance and Registration

Contact your insurance agent to update your vehicle, home, life, and health insurance policies. Moving can affect your rates, so it’s best to do this early. Also, remember to update your vehicle registration.

4. Inform Your Employer

If you’re moving locally, let your employer know for payroll and record updates, especially if you’re crossing state lines.

5. Clean Your Old Place

After moving out, clean your old home to guarantee that you get your security deposit back (if you’re renting) or to keep it presentable for potential buyers (if you’re selling).

6. Reset Smart Home Systems

If your old home had smart systems (like door locks, thermostats, and lighting), pass on the necessary info to the new owner, but ensure you log out and delete your data from these systems.

7. Update Online Accounts

Change your shipping address for online purchases and update your details with banks, doctors, and other online services.

8. Familiarize Yourself with Your New Home

Upon arrival, do a quick walkthrough to locate and check smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, the electrical panel, and the sump pump, if there’s one.

Stay Organized for a Stress-Free Move

Remember, the key to a relaxed moving experience is organization. Checklists are your best friend in keeping track of everything. And if you need more advice, contact a professional moving company like Illuminated Moving for more tips on a hassle-free move.

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