Moving can be stressful for anyone, but it's a whole new level of stressful when there are children involved. It doesn't matter if you're moving down the street or to a new state, parents still need to make a massive list of preparations so that the move goes without a hitch.
When you're moving out of an apartment or a house, you'll need to make sure damages and all final payments have been taken care of. Parents also need to handle insurance, a new change of address, and comparing movers for the best price. Moving can be stressful, but it doesn't need to be. With the help of this list, you'll be able to stay organized and on top of your game, so that moving day is more exciting than a box of nervous energy.
10 YOU MAY NEED TO CANCEL YOUR CURRENT CABLE PROVIDER FOR A NEW ONE
Depending on where you're moving from and to, some cable providers aren't always available. As frustrating as this is, you'll need to find a new cable provider in the area you're moving to and will most likely need to cancel your current one.
Understandably, there's usually a fee for canceling your cable contract early, so be aware of any cancelation fees coming your way.
9 SET UP THE INTERNET IN YOUR NEW HOME
If you need to cancel your current Internet provider for a new one, you'll need to cancel your old one (again, be aware of cancelation fees) and find a new provider for your new home. If you used a realtor, ask them to find out which providers are in the area and then do some homework on which is the most reasonable in your price range.
Once you know your move-in date, ask them to set it up that day, so you won't need to wait an extended amount of time to surf the web.
8 LOOK INTO DIFFERENT KINDS OF HOME INSURANCE
Bundle insurances, renter's insurance, natural disaster insurance, flooding insurance... these are all things that you'll want to look into when moving. Let's say you're moving from New York to Oklahoma.
You wouldn't have needed storm insurance in New York, but since Oklahoma is in Tornado Alley, you're going to want to look into various policies. If you're renting an apartment or condo, most complexes require tennents to have renters insurance policies in case anything bad happens.
7 COMPARE PRICES OF MOVERS (AND IF THEY CAN MOVE IN YOUR AREA)
If you have too many pieces of heavy furniture, hiring professional movers can be crucial. They are trained professionals who do this for a living. They know all the safe steps to take to move mattresses, bed frames, and dining room tables in a quick and safe manner.
The one downfall about movers is that they can be expensive. Depending on how much furniture you have, whether they need to be individually wrapped, and how much the furniture weighs, the price can escalate. Call a variety of different movers in the area (and ask if they'll transport you where you need to go) and compare prices.
6 ORGANIZE EVERYTHING BEFORE THE MOVERS ARRIVE
It makes a mover's life easier if mom and/or dad are organized. Have all your gear already organized into boxes and let them know what they can take immediately and what you'll take care of.
It's also nifty to have boxes (or furniture) labeled with different colored pieces of tape. Movers will know which box or piece of furniture belongs in which room based on the color of the tape. This can speed up the process and make everyone's lives easier with fewer questions.
5 KNOW THE MEASUREMENT OF YOUR DOORWAYS
Knowing the measurements of all doorways in your old place and new place is extremely important. You'll have to know if your furniture will fit inside and if it won't, are they able to be broken down into smaller pieces?
It's also wise to get the measurements of your new living spaces. Will your couch fit in your new living room? What about your bed frame in your new bedroom? The same can be said for area carpets!
4 PET OWNERS: ARE PETS ALLOWED AND WILL YOU NEED A FENCE?
If you're moving into an actual house, then it won't matter if you have a pet or not. You own the home and the land so what you do with it is your choice. However, if you have a yard, you'll need to figure out if building a fence is a good idea for your dog or cat.
If you're moving into an apartment, find out what their policies are on pets. If you have a dog, some apartment complexes are specific on dog breeds and sizes. Be sure to ask for specifics before signing a contract.
3 WILL YOU NEED NEW APPLIANCES?
It's always a great day when the old homeowners are leaving their home's appliances behind. If you want it, you'll get yourself a new refrigerator, microwave, or washer and dryer.
Most apartment complexes also come with refrigerators and microwaves, but they don't always have a washer or dryer in each apartment. Sometimes they're communal, which is something that can make or break the deal for a new tenant.
2 OFFICIALLY CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS WITH THE POST OFFICE
Now that you're moving, it's time to make a change of address! Head down to the post office and officially change your address so that all mail can be forwarded to your new address. You'll also want to tell your friends and family so that their gifts and messages are sent to you correctly.
When the time comes, you're also going to have to change your address on your license, passport, and any banking information.
1 TAKE CARE OF ANY DAMAGE IN YOUR OLD PLACE
When a family makes a house a home, there are obviously going to be some bumps, scrapes, stains, and tears along the way. Wooden floors get scratches, we accidentally spill drinks on carpets... we're human and mistakes happen.
However, if your old place looks a little the worse for wear, it's incumbent upon you to take care of the damage you can control before the new tenants come in. If you don't, you may not get your deposit back (if renting).