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Things To Do Before Your Move

Moving is stressful enough when you consider all of the major chores that need to be tackled – the packing and transporting of all of your belongings – but when you add all of the smaller tasks that need to be accomplished, it can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips to follow before you move to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Once you know the date of your move, start arranging for phone and utility hookups. Phone companies typically need a few days to get you connected. Make arrangements for the internet connections and cable services you want and order extra phone jacks or cable outlets if necessary. Notify the Post Office that you are moving by filling out a change of address form. If you have set up automatic payments from your bank account, contact your creditors and inform them of any bank changes.

Clean out your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving. Remove all racks so they don’t shift during transit. If you have an ice maker, disconnect the waterline and ensure that it is completely drained. Decide ahead of time how you will transport houseplants and pets.

Pack a box of essentials to get you through the first few days at your new home. Be sure to include clothes, medications, toiletries and kitchen utensils. This will spare you the aggravation of searching for necessities on moving day.