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Things to Do When Moving Out of Your Home
Things to Do When Moving Out of Your Home

What are the Things to Do When Moving Out of Your Home?

Moving out of your home is a stressful time. That's just the reality of the situation. If you're moving out of your current home, you're probably moving into a new one at the same time, perhaps even a new city. This surely compounds the anxiety that you may be feeling. The good news is that you can mitigate the stress through careful planning and making sure that you get everything in order ahead of time, rather than waiting until the last minute.

Below are 5 of the best things that you should do when moving out of your home:

Label and Organize Your Moving Boxes 

It's definitely tempting to just throw in all of your belongings in various boxes and worry about sorting everything out later. But trust us, you really should label and organize your boxes based on what you're putting inside of them. Some suggestions are to label the boxes based on what room the items were taken from or the type of items that are inside of them (appliances, kitchenware, clothes, pictures, etc...). If anything is particularly fragile inside of a box, write in big, bold letters “FRAGILE” so that the movers will be more careful with it.

Tidy Up and Clean 

It'll help you to better organize yourself and to make sure that you're better able to pack your items for the move. It's also just the right thing to do for the next homeowner or for the real estate agent. How you want to clean the house is up to you. You can even do it before you start packing anything.

Cleaning doesn't mean repairing, so don't worry. What you should be doing is mopping all of the floors, cleaning the windows and the walls, and getting rid of any dirt. Also remember to clean the fridge and to make sure that areas where dirt easily accumulates, such as in the back and underneath a big household appliance, are cleaned.

Handle Your Mail Forwarding 

Make sure to contact the post office to provide them with the new address to forward your mail to. All you have to do is to visit www.ups.com, and you can modify your existing address right there on the website.

Don't forget to also leave a note with any new homeowners with your contact information in case a package happens to be delivered there for some reason.

Lastly, if your mailbox has a key, don't forget to leave it as well, maybe in a drawer in the kitchen with a note.

Cancel Your Home Insurance 

Make sure to also cancel your homeowners insurance. Many people initially forget to do this, so call up your insurance agent and get this settled. Some may work with you to help you get insurance on your new home. If you're not moving far away from your current location, you might be able to keep the same insurance company and agent that you're used to dealing with.

Discontinue Various Services 

Call your cable / satellite company, your internet company, and your electric company. Whatever utility companies you get bills from, they need to know that you're no longer going to be living at the property. Tell them the specific date that they need to stop their service. Since you will be receiving utility bills for the last month that you have lived at the house, they will need the new address to send it to. Otherwise, you might be late on your payment, which can lead to a collection agency hampering your credit score.

Good luck on your move, and, of course, if you need to transport your vehicle, contact A-1 Auto Transport today to get your free quote!

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