Do you want to move in 2021? Moving is always a big task with lots of loose ends and comes with a hefty amount of stress. To keep things manageable and make your move a success, here’s our checklist to help you move in 2021:
Start Planning Early
When faced with a task such as moving, it’s really easy for anyone to procrastinate and rush at the last minute to get everything done.
To make everything that much easier, we highly recommend that you create your own individualized to-do list to keep you in a clear frame of mind when tackling this monster project.
Try to stay two steps ahead of any possible issues and the entire endeavor will be that much easier.
Before you go about scheduling movers and possibly hauling your things to an entirely new city, make sure you have everything nailed down for your new home.
This means having a signed lease agreement or closing on the property prior to making the trek with your possessions in tow. Finalizing negotiations, having loan approval from your mortgage lender, and setting a concrete closing date should provide security enough to make the move in 2021.
It’s an easy thing to overlook, so contact your local post office to forward your mail to your new address. Alternatively, you can go ahead and fill out a permanent change of address form if you’re certain you’ll be planted there for a while.
For whatever reason, if you choose to forward your mail rather than permanently change address, remember that the mail forwarding is only in effect for 12 months. If you so choose, you may then begin the mail forwarding all over again by filling out the same form, and your mail will continue to be forwarded for another 12 months.
Missing out on your mail could cause some inconvenience, but starting out in your new home without water or power is a whole different ball game.
Be sure to contact your current utility company to schedule utility end dates. Next, find out the utility providers of your new address and contact those providers to schedule utility start dates at your new address.
Ensuring your utilities have the proper stop and start dates goes a very long way to provide a smooth transition between the old address and the new and make your move in 2021 that much easier.
Strategize the Move in 2021
Once you have your location and your dates all set, you have to figure out how you – and your things – are going to get there. The two regular options are using a professional moving company or plying the do-it-yourself approach.
If you’re interested in the professional mover side of things, take your time investigating the moving company, their qualifications, and any special features they may or may not bring to the table. Comb through online reviews to get a good idea of what others have experienced in using that moving company. Once you have narrowed it down, directly ask the moving company any further questions you may have to fill in the blanks.
Think things through, as this choice comes down to personal preference and capability in considering your individual circumstances.
Expect the Unexpected
Unfortunately, all of the planning in the world can’t make a move entirely foolproof. Mistakes can be made, items left behind or lost, and you will want to be mentally prepared for the possibility that your plan melts down during execution.
The best thing you can do at this point is steel your resolve, focus on completing the move, and press onward. This is where having a qualified professional mover will assist in taking on some of the weight – literally and figuratively.
Help Planning Your Move in 2021
This has been a strange year for a lot of reasons, but it doesn’t have to mean you postpone that relocation.