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Planning Your Move: Sweat the Small Stuff Before the Move

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If you think you’re ready for your move to Raleigh NC, you might want to take an extra hour or two to double check and make sure everything will be set when the big day arrives. If it’s been a while since you’ve moved, it’s easy to forget about the things that don’t take that long to do, but, nonetheless, absolutely need to be done. To alleviate this problem, here are some things that you will want to be aware of and do before you move.

Contacts and Communications

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in packing that you forget who you need to communicate with so that kids, pets, utilities companies, and everyone else is ready and will transition quickly. Here are a few places you should contact before you move.

The Kids’ Schools

If you are moving far enough that your children will change school districts, you’ll want to make sure that their new school will be ready for them, and their old school won’t be wondering where they are. If you’re moving over the summer, it might be easy to think that you have everything covered.

Medical Records

Even if you and your family are not in need of very much medical care, it’s still easier to be sure that you are ready in case of illness or emergency. The transition could be less stressful if you already have your new Raleigh NC physician and dentist lined up.

Transfer Utilities

You, and the people who will be occupying your old residence, will appreciate the clarity of knowing exactly when you are no longer responsible for the old utility bills and when you are responsible for the bills at the new place.

Cancel Subscriptions

Things like magazines subscriptions and gym memberships, individually, are such small bills that they are easy to forget about. Together, though, they can add up to a couple of hundred dollars. Make sure that you cancel anything that you will no longer be able to use in you new location, and transfer delivery of everything that you think you might like to keep.

Change Your Address

Update your address for things like credit cards and other bills that will follow you to your new Raleigh NC location. Also, change your address with USPS in case someone is trying to find you or you miss one of your regular bills.

Send Your Pet to the Vet

If you are moving a long distance, make sure that any pets you have are ready for the move. Some animals have anxiety on long car trips, so a check-up might be in order if you have any concerns about how they will adjust. Also, like your own medical records, consider having your pets’ transferred as well.

The Packing Process

When you’re moving, you can choose to do everything yourself, hire someone to do almost all of it for you, or something in between. Here are a few things that you will want to do to make your packing as easy as possible.

Specialty or Large Items

Assess if you have any items that are too large and heavy to move yourself, or if you have any items that are breakable or for another reason would be best off moved by a professional. Moving companies are insured in case of accidents.

Packing Materials

Don’t forget to have moving blankets and all of the other extras that you will need to safely transport bulky or breakable items. This is especially true for people who plan on moving without professional help. If you have these items in hand, you will save time on moving day.

Plan Your Route

Make a detailed plan of exactly which way you will travel to your new home. If might be the most direct, but you might also plan according to the roads that will be easiest to travel with a moving truck. Highways and straight roads might make for a less stressful journey.

It’s easy to forget about the small things that can make a big difference in terms of your stress levels on the day of the move and in the week or two afterwards. With a little bit of planning, that little details won’t catch you unaware.

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