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Top 5 Things Homeowners Forget When Moving

We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about ways to get organized and plan for your move, whether it is across town or across the country. We stress how important it is to have moving lists and stay on top of what steps in the process need to be done when

Unfortunately, even the most organized homeowner can forget to complete certain tasks or even leave behind valuable items in their previous home. Over the course of many years we have seen it all from forgotten appliances to lost keys.

To help you avoid the mistakes of others, here are the top 5 things homeowners forget to do or move on the big day. 

# 1 Forgetting to Update Your New Address

One task that is often put aside (or forgotten entirely) until the week before a big move is changing the home address for important documents. 

While it may seem like a tedious task to change your address it is critical to not losing personal or sensitive information. 

Places you should be sure to contact include: 

  • Your banking institutions 
  • Schools
  • Doctors Offices 
  • Car and Life insurance Providers
  • Your Pet’s Vet
  • Utilities such as cable, phone, internet provider, water, sewer, and electric
  • Your place of employment 
  • All of your credit card companies

# 2 Forgetting An Essentials Box 

The day of any move can be stressful. Once you have arrived at your new home you will want to change your clothes, possibly take a shower and get comfortable. To do this you need to be able to easily find your bathroom items, clothing, and other important items.

Some homeowners are organized enough to know where their essentials are but others need a separate container to easily access these items when they first get into their new home. 

Items that we suggest you pack in your essentials include: 

  • Medicines
  • Toilet paper and other hygiene essentials (don’t forget your contact solution)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Personal documents
  • A change of clothes
  • Cords such as phone chargers
  • Paper plates and disposable cutlery for a quick meal

# 3 Overlooking Small Kitchen Appliances 

The coffee maker and toaster may look so natural on the counter that you may forget them. Often forgotten appliances happen because the homeowner plans to use them the morning of the move, thus the coffee maker and toaster are among the most forgotten appliances. 

Don’t forget to look out your back window and see the grill and firepit that need to make it on the moving truck as well. 

# 4 Neglecting to Cancelling Things 

This may seem like a broad category, but many homeowners forget to cancel things like their gym membership, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, or wine-of-the-month delivery. 

Be sure you think about everything you do on a regular basis and add them to your change of address or cancellation list. 

# 5 Ignoring Hidden Items 

Sometimes out-of-sight-out-of-mind happens to all of us. Many people facing a move forget about things that they don’t see all the time like their jewelry or valuables hidden in the safe in their bedroom closet, the mirror on the back of the door, or the seasonal items up in the corner of the attic. 

Save yourself some stress by making sure all hidden spaces are accounted for and checked one last time before you move. For more insights on things homeowners often forget, check out the article “The Stuff Your Always Forget.” 

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7 Ways to Cut Moving Expenses

There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle when it comes to making a move from one location to another. Hiring movers, decluttering the house, finding a new job, enrolling the children in a new school, and packing all the items you have accumulated over time in your current location. The list can be endless and the expenses can add up rather quickly. 

As professional movers for over a decade, we understand the eagerness to try to save or cut costs on moving expenses. Our list for your today comes from our experiences with many families who wanted to keep to their budget while still having professional movers take care of their valuable possessions. 

#1 Purge Your Home of Clutter 

The less your movers have to move from one location to another, the lower your overall costs will be. For this reason, as well as for your own sanity, it is a good idea to declutter your home of items that are no longer useful to you. 

From books to toys and clothes to seasonal items that are no longer used, box it all up and donate for a tax deduction or find a family that could use your items. Not only will there be less to move, but your home will be more organized and neat once you have fewer items to unpack at your new place. 

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#2 Sell Gently Used Items 

As you declutter your home, you may find clothing items, furnishings, and seasonal decor that you can consign or sell on places like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist

Not only will you be making a little cash, but again, it will mean less for your movers to pack and move. 

#3 Get Multiple Quotes for Moving 

Part of your budget crunching should include finding the best movers for your job. Don’t just go by price alone. Talk to them and find out about any hidden fees, insurance, and long distance moves.

Getting multiple quotes can help you understand what the overall cost of moving will be and allow you to meet the leadership at the company. 

#4 Get Creative with Moving Supplies 

If you are moving an entire home or apartment, you will need moving boxes of varying sizes as well as packing materials to keep your items safe for the move. 

Use social media sites to ask family and friends, who may have recently moved for their boxes.  Look online for department stores that are giving away wardrobe boxes or storage boxes that they use for their company. Many stores allow customers to take boxes such as Costco and BJ’s. Just be sure to call and ask for them to be put aside. 

In terms of tape, labelling supplies, and markers, comparison shop or shop in bulk because most people do not have extras after their move. In this case, more is better. 

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#5 Pack Yourself

At Mastodon Moving, we do offer packing and unpacking services. However, we have many clients who want to organize their items and pack themselves. Doing this can save money and help you have a better sense of what will need to be unpacked in your new home. 

#6 Look for Tax Deductions & Business Reimbursement

If your move is due to work, examine whether the move itself can be used as a tax deduction or if perhaps your company will reimburse for the move. 

According to TurboTax, “if you move to a new location because of work, you could qualify to use “the IRS Form 3903 to claim the cost of your moving expenses as a deduction on your federal income tax return. The IRS allows taxpayers to deduct eligible moving costs from the taxable income they report on Form 1040.”

#7 Research Utility Shut Down Dates 

As you get closer to your actual moving day, start calling your utility companies, including cable, water, electric, and heating to find out if it is better to shut off utilities at the end of the month or if they can prorate your cut off date. 

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Moving Soon? Here’s Your Last Minute Prep

Even the most organized people can have their moving day sneak up on them. Face it, moving can be hectic, overwhelming, and takes quite a bit of organizing to make it go smoothly. If moving day is fast approaching, we have the “Last Minute Prep” list for you! 

Whether you are a procrastinator or the date for the movers to arrive has genuinely taken you by surprise, you will want to follow a strict schedule when it comes to crunch time. Panicking is probably the first thing on your list of things to do, but honestly, the last thing you have time for. 

Keep your head level and try these tips to keep that last week on track to make your move successful. 

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Create a Master List

If you are down to the last few weeks (or even days) before your move, the best idea is to get yourself organized. That means a master list of what’s left to do. 

Take a few minutes to go around your apartment or house and create a punch list of sorts including things left to be done in each room. This could include tasks like wrapping the dishes and cleaning out the cabinets in the kitchen, down to cleaning out under the sink in the bathroom. 

The list should be specific to each room and have details that are broken down into small tasks. For example, box books, wrap china, label toys, take down curtains, and empty shed. This list will come in very handy with our next suggestion. 

Enlist Help 

You have heard the phrase, “Many hands make light work.” Well, this is never more true than during a move. 

Enlist the help of professional movers who know how to wrap, box, and crate each item in your home in order to transport it safely to its next destination. Our moving team is efficient and skilled in packing and unpacking services, whether you are headed down the street or across the country.

If you plan to ask friends to help, that punch list that we mentioned above will come in very handy. Assign each friend to a room and give them the list for each respective room. This will allow them to work and not interrupt you as you pack or get organized in another room. 

Don’t just ask friends and family to help you with the packing aspect of moving. They can help by keeping your children and pets happy and busy somewhere else while you take care of the packing. Grandparents are a good choice for this assignment because they usually know the likes and dislikes of the children. You would be amazed at how fast you can check things off your list when you are doing it undisturbed. 

Keep Supplies Handy & Organized 

If you are trying to work quickly and get each item on your list completed, it’s a good idea to have all the supplies you will need including boxes, crates, wrap, and cleaning supplies. There is nothing that can slow down the process more than having to send a person to the store for more supplies. 

Transfer Utilities 

One chore that usually falls near the end of your time at one house is transferring the utilities. Be sure to prepare a list in advance to have the names and numbers handy when the time comes to get through this sometimes cumbersome list. 

Pack an Essentials Bag 

One task that friends and family probably cannot help with is packing an essentials bag that you will need on the day of the move or the day you arrive at your new location. 

In this bag should be a change of clothes, phone chargers, small devices like an ipad or tablet, prescription medication, eyeglasses or contact supplies/solution, bedding and air mattresses, personal hygiene items, toilet paper (you will thank us later), soap, and snacks. 

If you are moving in the next week, try not to panic. Follow these tips and you will find your move will go much smoother. Talk to our team and we can help you with your move.