Moving: It can be a stressful process for even the most organized person. You have to pack mindfully to remember where you put your necessities, and even then sometimes a belonging or two mysteriously disappears for awhile. No matter where you’re moving, it’s important that you remember these things that many people tend to forget.
- Forward your mail. Especially if you’re ordering gifts early for the winter holidays or you get particularly important mail these days, change your address before you move to avoid anything getting lost in the mail. This also ensures that whoever moves in the house after you does not get any of your mail.
- Cancel recurring charges. These charges are a lifesaver when you have bills due on varying dates and you want to always pay them in a timely manner, but it’s important to cancel these charges so you don’t end up paying more than you owe. You can cancel about a month before. While you’re at it, it’s also worth your time to call the company and make sure they received your bill, as you don’t want any past-due surprises down the line.
- Arrange your utilities. This one is easy. You can call your old company and alert them when you’re moving as soon as you know to make sure you’re only billed for the energy and water you’re using. Then call the company for your new house and let them know the date you want your utilities turned on so you’re not going without electricity because you forgot to turn on your utilities.
- Prepare to deep clean. For some people, the work of packing takes much longer than expected and they clean in a hurry only after getting all their belongings out. This is not advisable. Hire a cleaning service if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, or just set aside the time and money for cleaning supplies before your move so your home is clean come move-out day.