Preparing for Your First Move
Preparing for your first move is an exciting process. A big move requires careful planning and organization, involving creating a timeline, decluttering, gathering supplies, and more. The more strategic and organized you are throughout the moving process, the smoother it will be.
With a well-structured moving plan, you can navigate your first move with confidence. Depending on how close or far you are moving from your current home, there are different steps you should take. Here are some helpful tips for making your move with ease.
Timeline and Technicalities
Start your move by creating a timeline that includes tasks like packing, changing addresses, and hiring movers. Having a schedule for your move will keep you on track. Also, determine your moving budget for things like costs for movers, packing supplies, transportation, and other expenses.
Update your address with official organizations including the DMV, voter registration, and any subscription services. This step is especially important when moving to a new city or state. You will also need to update your address with the post office, banks, utility companies, healthcare providers, and other important parties.
Declutter and Organize
Before you start packing, sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or get rid of—this will help you limit the items you need to move and make the process that much easier. Also, pack a box with essentials you’ll need for the first few days in your new home, including toiletries, clothes, and important documents.
Make Arrangements for Your New Space
One of the most important parts of making your first move is making arrangements for your new living space. Plan ahead for utilities to be set up in your new home, and schedule the disconnection of services at your current residence. If you’re moving far, transfer medical records to new healthcare providers or request copies.
If you have children or pets, secure care or an extra set of hands to help during the moving process. Extra assistance will help keep them safe and comfortable during the move. Take time to measure your new space and your existing furniture to make sure everything fits, this will help you decide what to bring and what to leave behind or replace.
Finally, if you’re hiring movers, research and get quotes from reputable moving companies and book the one that best fits your needs and budget. Be sure to inform friends and family of your move so they know your new address and contact details.
Packing Process and Final Walkthrough
For the packing process, it’s recommended to pack room by room, starting with items you use less frequently. Clearly label boxes with their contents and designated rooms, and mark any boxes containing delicate or glass items as “fragile” to ensure they are handled carefully.
Keep important documents, jewelry, and other valuable items with you during the move. Before leaving your old home, do a final walkthrough to make sure you haven’t left anything behind and that all utilities are turned off.
Rent Self Storage at Superior Storage to Make Your Move Easier
One of the most important parts of making your first move easier is renting a self storage unit to hold your belongings during the transition. At Superior Storage, we offer a variety of storage unit sizes available on a month-to-month basis that allow you to rent storage space for exactly the amount of time you need.