If you are moving in the near future, your mind is probably filled with “To-Do” lists that can get a bit overwhelming. At Mastodon Moving, we know what that feeling can be like, so we want to help you get organized and stay on track throughout your move.
Here are 5 of our “Must-Do” tasks that you will want to complete before moving day arrives.
#1 – Decide on a Moving Date
For many people facing moving day this decision may seem like an easy one, but there are several factors to take into account.
Many people choose the day that they sign the lease or mortgage agreement to make the actual move. Consider all the relevant circumstances of your move including: start date of a new job, end of a lease agreement, and close/start of a school year. You may want to adjust your moving date accordingly. For example, if your new home or apartment won’t be ready until shortly after school starts, you may want to put items in short term storage and start your child when the rest of the class starts. It may mean staying in a hotel or temporary housing, but it could be a smart choice.
#2 – Choose a Moving Company
The sooner you can schedule a mover, the better. Moving companies tend to book up fast, especially around the beginning and end of each month.
Once you have scheduled a mover, you will be able to get a better idea of what you will need to do for the move. For example, some questions you may have answered are: Does your mover handle high value items? Can your mover help you pack and unpack? Do they handle long distance moves? Does your mover have boxes and storage containers you can use or purchase?
Mastodon Moving can help you do all of those things and more. Our movers can guide you in each step of this process.
#3- Inform All Utilities and Relevant Companies
Get yourself organized before the move by making a list of all utilities such as your water company, gas/oil company, cable company, electric company, and all major credit cards to inform them of your change of address. This is also a good time to fill out a change of address form online and let them know which date the transfer of name will occur.
A few places that many people forget to inform include: a primary care physician, schools, the IRS, DMV, and car/life insurance companies. Don’t forget to send a digital reminder to friends and family right before your move so they have your new address as well.
If you get newspaper or magazine subscriptions, change the address now to avoid being charged for items that will arrive at the wrong home and probably won’t be forwarded.
#4 Gather Important Documents
While you are sifting through your past bills, compile a folder or binder that will contain important documents that you will need to bring to your new location. These include: school records, medical records, financial records, and moving documents. Keeping all of these things in one place, along with your important contact numbers, can be a lifesaver when moving.
#5 – Plan Ahead for Your Pets
We have mentioned pets in previous blogs and how to help make the move easier for them. Don’t forget to plan in advance to have all the necessary paperwork from the vet transferred, all pet food easily accessible, and any comfort items close at hand that your pet may need during the move. Remember, your pet doesn’t understand why this major upheaval is happening.
These are so many steps in the moving process that take time and effort on your part. Talk to our team members about ways you can keep it all organized and on track during your move.