How to Move for the First Time

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Moving is a very tedious long and complicated task especially if you want to do it right to minimize the impact to your life. Veterans of moving from one house to another will have a hard time remembering to do everything and do it well, so if it is your first time moving you need to pay special attention to everything that needs to be done in the moving process.

  • Let everyone know that you are moving. It is best to give as much time as possible to let everyone know your moving. Tell all of your friends and family. Be sure and give them your new address and phone number as soon as you have it. More importantly update your bills with your new address--try to do this a few weeks ahead of time. Pick up a new address slip from the post office and fill it out a few weeks ahead of time and list your exact moving day.

  • Pack ahead of time. Packing in and of itself can be an arduous task, but if you start the task ahead of time and it wont be so bad. Start by packing up the out of clothes season you don't need. When it comes closer to the time to move, about two or three weeks away from the date start packing your other clothes and leave out about a weeks clothes. You can pack these clothes in a suitcase just before you move. Pack all of your other items in the same manner. Box up items that you won't likely use or haven't used in a while first. As it gets closer to moving time start packing some of your regular items and leave only the bare essentials out in the last week.

  • Rent a moving truck a month or more in advance. During busy summer months trucks may be booked up more then a month ahead of time on weekends. Don't use the cheapest moving truck company because these are usually driven very hard and as a result are more difficult to drive, uncomfortable to ride in and more likely to break down. Which ever truck you rent, be sure to check and spray for pests before putting anything inside the truck.

  • Plan things for your new place. Call the utility companies ahead of time and schedule for them to turn on the service a few days ahead of time if possible. Be sure to coordinate by scheduling your old utility service to be turned off the day you move out.

  • Get some help. Hiring a moving company to move your furniture can save you a lot of hard work and possibly some sprains. Movers can be expensive though and charge by the amount of stuff your moving. Consider asking your friends to help but promise them free food and try to make it fun.

  • Move out. Get a good night's sleep the night before you move and try not to do anything to tire yourself out. Try to use up the food in your fridge. Wake up early on moving day but not too early. Pack up the last few things you needed and start loading the truck or have the house ready for the movers to pick up your items. Take breaks often especially if it's hot and treat your friends to all the food they want.

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