Whether you are relocating down the street or to a new state, the process of moving is often complicated. Although you cannot plan for all unexpected complications, there are many decisions that you can proactively make in order to ease your relocation. In this article, we will share four questions to consider before your upcoming move.
1. Do I Need to Hire Movers?
In most cases, hiring movers is an expense worth undertaking. When you have professionals help you move locally, you will save hours that would be used hauling your things across the city. In addition, some professionals will help you pack and unpack boxes. If you live by yourself, moving all of your belongings alone is a cumbersome process. If you have kids, moving while trying to take care of your family can be incredibly difficult. Determine if you have space in your budget to pay for assistance.
2. What Should I Keep?
Before you move, determine the things that you want to bring with you to your next location. If you have clothing items that you never wear, don’t haul them with you. If you have furniture pieces that you do not want to keep for an extended period of time, sell them prior to moving. When you move items that you are not interested in keeping, you are wasting valuable time, energy, and money. When you sell your items or donate them to charity, you will enable others to have the ability to furnish their space. You will open up the space you have available in your new home, giving yourself more room to decorate as you wish. If you have mechanisms that can be used to childproof your space, bring them with you.
3. Am I Connected to My New Community?
Before moving, join a forum or Facebook group that includes residents from your new neighborhood. In this forum, you can ask for recommendations of electricians, power companies, and cable providers that are commonly used by people in the neighborhood. By having these connections, you can ensure that your house will be ready for action before you move in. By connecting with the people that will soon be your neighbors, you will be able to gain a better understanding of safety protocols, school zones, and HOA regulations.
4. What Is My Commute Going to Be?
Before moving, make sure you have an accurate expectation of the time it will take you to commute to work. Even if you are just moving across the city, it is likely that traffic patterns and stop lights will alter the average time it takes you to get from door to door. By researching ahead of time, you can make sure that you are out of the door in time to arrive promptly to work during your first week in the new house.
There are many factors to consider when moving. If you are moving locally, you do not have to worry about the cost of living and the cultural atmosphere changing. Although you do not have to worry about these specific components, you need to be equipped for your move to go smoothly. In addition, it is helpful to know things about your future neighborhood so that you can have an easy transition.