What advice can you give me on planning for my move?

Plan well in advance of Move Day! That’s key to ensuring a smooth residential move, whether local or long-distance. Actually, the planning should begin as soon as you know you’ll be moving. Check out this page of our website: Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Local or Long-Distance Move. And consider these planning tips, especially:

  • Make sure you have sufficient quantities of the proper packing supplies (boxes, packing tape, etc.)
  • Inventory your possessions in every room before you pack them.
  • Clean your possessions before you pack them – clothing and bedding in particular.
  • Don’t pack what you don’t need – you’ll save money by reducing the weight of your shipments. Sell stuff, auction it off, donate it to charities, give it away, or toss it.
  • Label every box, noting its contents and what room of your new home it should be placed in.
  • Pack a travel kit – with first aid, water bottles, snacks, games, etc. – for your family’s comfort while your en route to your new home.
  • Pack a box (or boxes) of essentials for your first night’s stay in your new home – changes of clothing, toothbrushes, toilet paper, soap, towels, and whatever else you and your family might need until your boxes are unpacked and you’re settled in.
  • Prepare a binder to hold all your important move-related documents such as mover quotes, contracts and receipts, legal and financial papers, school records, veterinary records, medical/dental records, doctor referrals, and so forth.
  • Create a Move Budget that covers moving supplies, truck rentals, new items for your new home, travel expenses, the cost of shipping very large or valuable items, and anything else that will cost you money.
  • Pay attention to when and how you’ll have to transfer utilities and services from your old home to your new home – or when you must cancel previous accounts and set up new ones.

There is, of course, a lot more to it. But these are some of the basic planning essentials. Need help? The experts at A-1 Freeman are happy to provide it.

Again: the sooner you start planning – and the more-thorough you are in considering every need – the smoother your move will go.