5 things to do before moving out

You’ve been through many phases of your life and now it’s time for the next one: buying a house. It’s normal to be excited, but soon that excitement of moving into a new place will wear off. Then the panic of packing up boxes and actually moving will set in. Moving can be very stressful and complicated. You can end up forgetting about important things, stuff that can cause last minute panic. And it doesn’t matter how organised you are, there’ll always be something that will be out of place when moving out.

Moving into a new place is an epic adventure. And the actual moving day is the great culmination of your daring exploits, the single second that defines your entire moving experience. But it’s not the moving day itself, it’s the preparation beforehand that spells out success or failure. Do everything right according to the books and you’ll have a smooth and stress-free move. But if things go the other way, you’ll likely face a nightmare where things can go from bad to worse.

This is all stressful. How will you make sure you’ve done everything? How do you ensure you didn’t miss something important? Well, you should just take a closer look at the essential things to do before moving. Here are a few tips on how to have the best and smoothest moving experience.

Find the perfect new home

This is the most obvious but important step you should take. Find a new home that will satisfy your specific needs. Think about whether you would like to buy or rent a home. Also think about the most important features you want your new home to have. Think about its ideal location. And that includes the distance to your workplace, transportation options, crime rate, living standards and so forth. You should decide on the size and type of dwelling that will best suit your lifestyle. Remember to choose a property that’s in a good condition.

Set up a moving budget

If you want to get an accurate idea of how much money you’ll need to move, it’s important to assess your financial situation and create a moving budget. You should include all the moving or DIY expenses. Then there’s also the cost of the necessary packing materials, insurance costs, travel expenses, etc. It’s always best to set up a contingency fund for emergency situations. And it’s important to ensure you have at least double the amount you estimated as necessary for your move.

Clean your “old” house

Making sure everything is neat and clean as the day you moved in is something that can be easily overlooked. You’ll be so busy packing boxes and carting them around, you’ll likely end up not noticing the dirt accumulating. Everything from the refrigerator and washer to the dryer will be taken out. There you’ll see the spots that haven’t seen the light of day since you moved in months or years ago. It’s always best to keep a few cleaning supplies handy for this specific purpose. So, make sure your house is as clean as possible.

Organise your things

It’s easier to move your different boxes around before the movers arrive. Remember to organise and pack your boxes strategically. Think about it, the first box on the truck will be the last one to be taken off. If you’ve just bought a fridge on sale and would like to put that in your new house first, it’ll be better to pack it in last into the truck. If you want to, you can also arrange the order of your boxes by rooms. Another smart thing to do is to label your rooms by colour or number. That way it’ll be easier for movers to identify the correct rooms for each of the boxes.

Cancel your insurance policy

Have you already established a new insurance policy to begin coverage on your new home? Well, remember that doesn’t mean your insurance agent will automatically discontinue coverage on your existing home. Many homeowners have more than one insurance agent or changed specific insurance agents but left their homeowners policy in place. Note that the insurance provider won’t cancel your homeowner’s insurance, this is something you’ll have to do yourself.

Remember to pack a separate overnight box for yourself. It should contain personal items, clothing and a few dishes. You can basically pack anything that you might need immediately when moving into your new home. Besides, the last thing you want is to waste time digging through boxes to find something.