Buy pizza. It’s the number one tip that you’ll get from friends and co-workers when you’re moving. This is especially useful if you’re asking these friends and co-workers to assist with the move. An army can’t march on an empty stomach. So unless you’re hiring a mover, you must have pizza for your helpers. There are a million other tips that can keep your move go smoothly. We’ve whittled them down to the most important ones.
Have a Plan
There’s nothing that can produce anxiety more acutely than waking up on moving day to stacks of unpacked boxes. While you don’t want to pack everyday essentials too early, the day of your move will inevitably pop up before you know it. The last thing you want to be doing an hour before the truck arrives is packing boxes. As you’re packing, make sure you label each box with the room in which it belongs. This is essential to easily identify where your belongings are located. This may be less important with knickknacks but critical when it comes to things like toilet paper. Get started packing as soon as you know you’re moving—you’ll thank yourself later.
Pro tip: Packing for a move is the perfect time to get rid of unwanted items collecting dust. Space is always a premium, so toss out unwanted items, donate old clothes, and sell old furniture on Craigslist.
Change Your Address
There are a lot of people you’ll need to contact when moving to a new home. The first step is getting in touch with the U.S. Post Office to officially change your address. You’ll also want to contact your utilities companies, like gas and electric; change information that’s car related, such as your driver’s license and registration; and reach out to your television and internet providers (unless you want to spend the first couple of nights in your new home listening to FM radio or dusting off the two DVDs you still have laying around).
With companies serving larger areas, it’s as easy as going online or calling to tell them about the move. If your current television or internet providers do not operate in the area of your new home, sign up for a new plan and have all the necessary equipment delivered to your current address so it’s there when you arrive. If you’re unable to set up your cable and internet on your own, make sure you schedule installation on the same day as your move. The cable guy may be in the way while you’re moving, but it’s better than being disconnected from the world.
Pro tip: If you’ve started a new job within the last year, contact your previous employer to make sure your W2 is sent to your new address. This saves you time and hassle when tax season rolls around.
Prepare for Arrival
If you have access to your new home ahead of time, make sure it’s move-in ready. Check all of the electrical outlets and light switches to make sure everything is functioning. Turn the gas on. Also, consider cleaning it from top to bottom before your furniture arrives, and while you’re at it, think about painting. You’ve probably already picked out your color scheme, so get it done before you need to put dropcloths over all of your furniture. It’s also a great time to install that closet organizer you’ve always wanted.
Pro tip: Fill your fridge with plenty of water or your favorite healthy drink (kombucha, anyone?). Nothing kills a mover’s morale more than staving off dehydration by drinking directly from the sink.