Moving from one home to another is never an easy task. It requires careful planning, so you don’t forget anything in your old house. If you miss a detail, it can cost you more than you save, so it is crucial to act ahead of time to ensure everything is taken cared of before the big day. By using a systematic approach, you can save yourself from the hassle and stress of moving.

Read on for some helpful tips to make moving a less daunting task for you and your family.

Months before moving, you need to make sure you attend to things that require advanced notice or research:

  • Get in touch with your insurance agent to ensure that your homeowners’ coverage is transferred to your new place
  • Keep a spreadsheet of the moving costs, some, if not all may be deductible on your tax return
  • Gather files and document related to moving
  • Set aside valuables and documents that you will not pack and rather move yourself
  • Shop for moving services and ask for estimates
  • Give your utility service a heads-up about your move and have them turn off the power after your move
  • Arrange your services with your new utility service

Keep these suggestions in mind a month before your move:

  • Organize your belongings for easy packing
  • Have adequate packing supplies such as boxes and tape
  • Photograph each room for insurance purposes
  • Gradually empty your refrigerator and freezer

You should do these things several weeks before your move:

  • Make sure your freezer is empty and let it defrost weeks before your move
  • Let your family members and friends know about the exact day of your move
  • Cancel any subscription or home services you have, like house cleaning, cable TV, etc.

A week before your scheduled move:

  • Separate any items that you no longer need and give them away or get rid of them altogether
  • Pack all your non-perishable items
  • Update USPS with your new address

On the day of your move:

  • Buy food or prepare them ahead of time so you don’t have to cook in your new home on your first day
  • Make sure the items you are moving are put inside your vehicle
  • Dissemble your beds and fold the beddings
  • Keep your house free from clutter to help the movers maneuver around your place easily
  • If your scheduled move is during inclement weather, keep your driveway and pathways clear from snow and ice
  • Make time to bid goodbye to your neighbors and friends before the movers come
  • All perishable items, such as food should be placed in your car to ensure they are properly refrigerated and arranged once you reach your new house
  • Don’t forget to ask for the final receipt from the moving company and keep it in your file

Moving can be a hassle, but if you take note of these guidelines and follow, you will have a more efficient and less-overwhelming moving experience. You can even save money if you are systematic and organized with your move.