Moving house for the first time? Congrats! It’s a big step and an exciting process to go through for the first time.
But it can also feel overwhelming. Without knowing what to expect, how do you know you won’t forget something important?
In this post, we’ve broken down everything you need to do when moving house for the first time, so you can make the process stress-free.
Tips on moving for the first time
As a newbie to the moving process, there are some things you should keep in mind to make the process go as smoothly as possible:
Book a Removal Company
Make a list of local moving companies in the area as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure you have a slot booked in for the day you’re moving, so the earlier you can be booked in, the less stressed you’ll be.
As a local moving company, we can help you on your move and act as your guide through Boulder, helping you get acquainted with your new city.
Check the legitimacy of the moving company
When getting a quote from any moving company, do your research to make sure they are reliable and legitimate. Here are a few things to ask:
- What coverage options do they offer?
- To see the driving permits for the moving vans
- To see the insurance for the moving vans
- What’s their policy for broken or lost items?
- Are there any hidden fees?
- How do they calculate pricing?
Figure out Your Finances
Whether you’ve been renting or living at home with parents, your finances are going to look different now you have a new home to maintain. Plan out a budget and make sure you set aside enough money for your mortgage or rent, utilities, phone bill, any taxes or housing fees, food, gym memberships, subscriptions, and anything else you spend monthly.
Transfer the utilities
You’ll need to let your utility company know you’re moving and on what date. They’ll stop your bill on your moving day and can transfer your utilities to your new house.
Forward your mail
Get in touch with all the companies that send you mail and give them your new address. You don’t want any mail accidentally getting delivered to your old address once you’re gone, especially important stuff like bills.
Now might be a good time to think about going paperless to reduce the amount of mail you have to deal with during your moving period.
Find new healthcare providers
If you’re planning a move to a new state, you’ll need a local healthcare provider ready for when you move. Do your research early and make a shortlist of places, you may even be able to register in advance so you know you’re covered as soon as you arrive.
Packing Supplies You Need
Here’s a list of the packing materials you’ll need to have ready prior to moving day:
- Quality cardboard boxes
- Packing paper
- Bubble wrap
- Packing tape
- Colored markers (for labeling and color-coding)
Begin Packing Well in Advance
You’ll want to start packing at least three weeks before your moving day but the earlier you can get started, the better.
When you have weeks to prepare, you can take your time packing boxes well, rather than feeling rushed.
Have a clear-out
There’s no point spending money and effort transporting items you no longer need or want. If you hate your old sofa, get rid of it before moving. Got a cupboard full of old stuff you haven’t looked at in years? Now is the time to have a clear out to save some moving fees.
Take photos of valuable items
Accidents can happen, no matter how careful and professional your moving company is. If you have anything worth a lot of money, take pictures and videos of it before wrapping it in bubble wrap, that way you prove any damage that might occur en route.
Take time off from work
Moving is a stressful time and takes a lot of effort. If you can, take some time off work to finish the packing process and dedicate your energy to the move.
Trying to pack and move around your work schedule will exhaust you, and make the entire process far more stressful than it needs to be.
Prepare for some tears and big emotions to come up during the moving process. As your house starts to get emptier, it’ll hit you that you’re moving for the very first time and it’s an emotional thing to wrap your head around.
Have people there to support you, play your favorite music while you pack, and try to focus on the exciting future ahead of you.
Things to buy before the move
There are a few things you’ll want as soon as you get to your new house. Take them with you so you’re prepared:
- Home insurance
- A bed and mattress
- Tea or coffee
- Cleaning supplies
- Toilet roll
- Basic tools
This will get you off to the best start on the first day in your new place.
Things to do post-move
Once you’re in your new home, here’s a quick to-do list:
- Inspect your boxes and check for damage
- Change the locks (you never know who has copies of the keys)
- Find the electric panel and shut off valves
- Check the smoke detectors work
- Clear out the vents and AC unit (you don’t want to be breathing in other people’s dust)
- Look up your local trash collection day
Need help with your first move?
As a local, reliable removals team in Boulder, CO, we help first time movers all the time. We can lend a professional hand with decluttering, packing, and moving to help you make the process fun and exciting – not stressful and exhausting.
Give us a call today to find out more about our moving services and how we can help you.