Things To Do When You Move Out

Moving out of an old residence and into a new one, especially if it is out of state, can be overwhelming. Making a detailed list of all of the important details will help to facilitate a smooth transition. Below are some tips on how you can make your transition to a new place a lot easier by dumping your old one.

Tip #1: The Not-So-Fun Stuff Needs To Be Accounted For

Arrange for the water, utilities, gas, sewer, telephone, cable, and internet, to be canceled at the old residence and have them turned on in the new one, for the day of the move. Doing this in advance will reduce the stress factor as well as the transition time once in the new space. You should also do this in advance because the last thing you want is to move into your new residence only to discover that you have no running water or lighting. Sometimes, utility workers cannot make it to your place for a couple days, and it would be awful to live without basic necessities for that long. Don’t forget to also consider the smaller services that you may forget to arrange in the hectic period before or after the move. You should forward all mail and any subscriptions to your new address, and cancel any services like newspapers, groceries, yard maintenance, and laundry.

Things to do when you move

Tip #2: Packing Materials

Renting packing boxes for the move-out cuts down on time and money spent on boxing, taping, cutting, and care wrapping. Reusable rental containers fasten closed and are eco-friendly as well, as some companies offer containers made from recycled materials, and rental-packing boxes produce no waste. Many packing containers have handles on them for easy lifting and can be stacked perfectly, which provides more stability. If you choose to utilize clear reusable packing materials, then it will be much easier to see what is in each container when you get to the new location, which will greatly simplify the process of unpacking. Using these containers is also better for the environment because they are self-closing, meaning that you do not have to use tape to seal them. This also saves money, as well as clean up efforts. One place you should use conventional boxes is with your clothing. Movers are easily able to place your clothing on hangers in wardrobe boxes, which will save you a lot of time when unpacking later. Also, companies usually offer a certain number of wardrobes for free to use during the move.

Tip #3: Making Safety a High Priority

The first thing to do when you move in to your new place is to do a check of all window and door locks, as well as pre-installed security systems in the home. Change the doorknob and bolt locks on all of the exterior doors. People who have required entrance to the home previously, such as old residents, maintenance workers, or real estate agents may still have keys to the home. A cheap way to maintain security is to install a chain lock in addition to your traditional deadbolt and doorknob locks. Chain require extra time to open when someone is knocking at the door. Homeowners can also install a peephole in order to see who is at the door before choosing to open it or not.

Check the home or apartment for gas leaks or other hazards like bad wiring or a loose step, and make sure that there is a carbon monoxide detector. A carbon monoxide detector is mandatory according to building code in many states.

Tip #4: Make Sure to Clean and Disinfect Properly Upon Move-In

Many landlords may claim that they have had a professional cleaning service handle all of the required cleaning before move in. While they may have had someone come in and clean up, that person or group likely did a very basic job cleaning places where bacteria thrives. You should re-clean every place that you suspect was not cleaned well enough before move-in.
Make sure to disinfect the refrigerator and the toilet seat first, as these can both breed harmful bacteria, and are critical to comfortable living in your new home. You should also consider replacing the toilet seats. Then you can move on to cleaning out the oven and microwave, as well as the stovetop range.After this, you can move on to smaller things, such as doorknobs and light switches. People who are more sensitive to airborne allergens may want to invest in an air-duct cleaning service for central climate systems, or change air filters at the very least. Use insect spray to rid the home and yard of pests such as flies, ants, spiders, and bedbugs. Also ensure that there are no holes in window screens so that insects are not able to enter the home.

Tip #5: Don’t Let Car Stuff Drive You Crazy

If you are doing an out of state move, then you have to change over your insurance and drivers license, as well as vehicle registration, to meet guidelines in the new state. Many states require you to change your license over within 30 days, as well as register your motor vehicle with the DMV no later than 5 days after moving to the new state. You can read more about what to do to prepare for a long distance move here.

Moving any distance can be difficult if you do not take enough time beforehand to make sure everything is being accounted for, and everything that has to happen actually happens. Having a sense of how things are operating during this chaotic time will make things much easier for everyone, yourself included.
Tip #6: Make Sure Complete All Necessary Paperwork for Your Current Residence

If you plan on moving before your lease is up in your current location, then you should schedule a meeting with your landlord to discuss the terms that may become relevant in this case. If you own your home and you are planning to sell it, then do some research on how to do so. Make sure you plan these things far in advance of the actual move, as they may take more time then you allow for them.

Tip #7: Make a Tentative Schedule For the Weeks Prior to Your Move

Scheduling will be critical to the execution of a simple move. You should make a personalized schedule that goes as early as two or three months before the move. has a few schedules you can follow, or you can create your own. In your schedule, make sure to include things such as travel arrangements, packing processes, etc… Scheduling will also give you something to reference to should you forget to do anything during the moving process.


Adam Peterson

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