Posted on January 24, 2018 at 12:43 PM

The process of moving requires consideration for a lot of things – having your new home set up and ready for you to move in, hiring the right packers and movers to aid your property transport, finding out about your new locality, and so on.

There is always a right way and time to do things. A lot of people make the mistake of leaving some important things to do, for AFTER they have moved. This causes a lot of unnecessary misery and hindrance in their lives as they’re just starting to adjust in the new place.

Here’s a checklist of things to do BEFORE you move

  • Find, select and book your home

    A major mistake made by people who are about to relocate, is not having found and booked a home for themselves. Keep in mind that you likely do not know anything about the new city or locality. Your home will be your most familiar environment.

    If you do not have a home booked for yourself, you’re going to need to look for storage facilities for your property and a hotel/lodging for yourself while you look for homes.

    And this is also an extra burden on your bank account.

    Make sure that you have looked for, found, selected and booked (by paying off the security deposit and probably the first month of rent as well) your new home before you move.

  • Find out about the network provider services beforehand

    The internet will arguably be the most important facility you require in your new home. Probably even before a functioning washroom and water supply.

    You can arrange for installation of a water supply and repair for your washroom through the internet, not the other way around.

    Find out about the local telecommunication companies and their services packages where you’re moving to, so that you can quickly get your connectivity services installed as soon as you move in.

  • Donate, throw and THEN pack

    Lot of people relocate, and then when they’re unpacking their stuff, decide what to keep, throw and donate. This is quite impractical. You’re tired and new to the place.

    The last thing you want to do is go through the entire process of segregating your things and deciding what to keep and what to throw. This will eventually lead up to you NOT disposing off anything. You will just unpack everything and start setting things up and cluttering your house again.

    Do this activity when you are packing your stuff to have it transported. That way, you would end up having an overall lesser weight and volume of things to have transported. You will not be carrying extra unnecessary junk that you meant to get rid of anyway.

  • Label everything you pack

    You’re done disposing off or donating what you want to. Now is the time to pack. Do not forget to stick a label onto everything you pack. If it’s a carton box or suitcase, put a label with all of its contents.

    If it is an individual item, still, label it. Labelling your luggage and boxes is a highly undervalued task. No matter what you think, you will obviously not unpack everything in one shot. You will get tired in the middle. You will have other things to tend to. And you will most definitely have mood swings and panic attacks being alone and unpacking your belongings.

    Due to this, it helps quite a bit to have a label on everything. You can unpack exactly what you need at that time. And you can also relax and unpack at your own pace and decide where you would like what to be in your new home since you know exactly where everything is.

  • Visit the place once

    If you’ve visited that place before multiple times, liked it and decided to move there, then this is not for you. But if you’re relocating for the sake of a new job or education, and have probably never been to that place before, it always helps to visit the place at least once beforehand.

    Don’t make your moving day, your first day in the city. Having visited the city before, you will know about a few cafes and coffee shops and bars around that you would want to take a lot at on your first day.

    Your sense of familiarity with the place will automatically start settling in the moment you recognize something in your new city. It makes a lot of difference to the quickness with which a person settles in to a place, if he/she has visited the place before.

Keep this checklist at hand. Following it should make your moving day as well as your first few days of life in your new home more relaxed and stress-free.

If you’re moving home for the first time, you are bound to have questions and queries. Don’t let the questions make you anxious. Ask your questions in the comments below, and I’ll help you out.

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