As someone who recently moved I realized why a lot of people hate moving so much. After moving I took some time to think of some things that would make a move that much easier and less stressful.
1) Make a plan.
As with anything in life having a plan typically makes things go much smoother and moving is no different. Included in this plan should be the following: What day are you going to move? Who is going to help you move? Do you need to rent a moving truck or hire movers?
What is the weather supposed to be like? Do you have enough space at your new place for all of your stuff? If you plan these things out in advance you can avoid many of the hassles of moving; like moving in the rain and hail all day, like I did.
2) Contact the Homeowners Association
If you have an association, consult the Rules & Regulations handbook to see if there are any rules on moving in. Many HOA’s have strict rules on moving. Some of these might include days and times that you can move stuff, where you can park while unloading, if there is a move in fee, etc. Checking these rules beforehand will keep you from breaking them and starting off your relationship with the HOA and new neighbors on the wrong foot.
3) Budget your move.
This one is very important if you are just starting out and every penny counts. As annoying as moving is it is also very exciting. You are in a new place that you can set up however you want and of course you don’t have nearly enough furniture or decorations. But before you run out to Ikea or Pottery Barn and blow a few grand to fill the place up think about getting the essentials first.
Essentials would include any utilities you need to pay for, household necessities, and of course money to cover the rent. Look for used furniture and decorations at second hand stores and craigslist and make sure all of your friends and family know you just moved, as many times they are looking to get rid of furniture.
4) Change your address and set up utilities.
Go to usps.com to change your address with the Postal Service and notify anyone else of your new address. Make sure you transfer/start any utilities that are your responsibility. You don’t want to wake up one morning and hop in the shower to no hot water because you didn’t start the utilities.
5) Introduce yourself.
Knock on neighbor’s doors and say hi. Offer to give them a hand with something, invite them over for the game, etc. This is a good way to make new friends and meet people.
6) Explore your new area.
Get out and walk around, check out trails and parks in the area. Get in your car and drive around and figure out where the nearest grocery store is, Target/Wal-Mart, gas station, Emergency Room, restaurants, nightlife, etc. If you don’t get out and see what’s around you will be missing out on a lot your new area has to offer.