7 Things to Get Before You Move

Henry Patel

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Whether you cut your finger opening boxes or break an old water glass, you’ll want some band-aids and ointment on hand. Also, you’ll need cleaning supplies: multi surface cleaner, glass cleaner, dish soap and a broom/dustpan.

You’ll want to have a small toolkit, too, including a hammer, screwdriver and pliers. It’ll come in handy on moving day when you need to disassemble furniture or tighten loose screws.

1. Packing

Whether you’re moving across the street or the country, there are some things that must be done before your move. Take care of essentials like changing your address, forwarding mail and confirming travel arrangements for pets and kids.

Getting the right supplies for packing is key. Stock up on boxes, tape, bubble wrap and other essentials a few months before your move.

You’ll also want to do a final clean of your home before you move. Ensure all trash cans are empty and the refrigerator is defrosted (if you’re taking it with you). Then do a walk-through to double-check that nothing has been left behind.

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2. Appliances

Purchasing appliances for your new home is a must. This is especially true if you are moving into a rental property where the stove and dishwasher may not be included with the sale of the home. If you are moving into a home, home warranty policies offer great protection against unexpected repairs for appliances.

Before calling movers to move your appliances make sure they are empty of any water supply lines and that all cords and knobs are taped down and secured. This helps prevent tangled cords which can cause damage and injuries during the move.

It is also important to clean the inside and outside of each appliance before you move them. Dirt, grit and dust can scratch and damage the surfaces.

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3. Furniture

Furniture is one of the most expensive items to transport, and damage to it during a move can be costly. Take the time to prepare your furniture for the move by dismantling it when possible, wrapping fragile items in blankets, and ensuring that it will fit through doorways, hallways, stairs, and elevators.

It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the blueprint of your new home before moving day so you know exactly where everything goes. This will make it much easier on your movers and ensure that nothing is misplaced or damaged during the move.

4. Clothes

It’s easy to get tempted to pack dirty clothes during a move and think that you’ll

address them once you’re settled. But you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle if you wash your clothing before packing it.

One of the best ways to pack clothes for a move is in a wardrobe box with rods at the top. This keeps your clothes from being smashed, and it also allows you to hang them when you get to your new place. You can also use basic trash bags for smaller clothing, but make sure the drawstrings are tight.

5. Utilities

If you’re planning to move soon, it’s important to get utilities such as electricity, gas and water transferred to your new house. Ideally, you want to have these turned on the day before your move-in date.

Make sure to settle all outstanding utility bills before the move, as unpaid bills can lead to delays in transferring services. It’s also a good idea to record the final reading of the meter at your current home to avoid overcharging for utilities at your old address.

When setting up services at your new place, you’ll need to provide a valid form of identification. Some companies may request a social security number, but others accept alternatives like a driver’s license or passport.

6. Cleaning Supplies

You don’t want to start cleaning a new home without having all the right supplies. It can quickly derail a cleaning session when you have to keep running to grab more cleaning products or run out of things like paper towels.

Get all the cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting supplies you’ll need to clean up your old house before you move, including cleaning solutions for every surface in each room; different types of cloths for different surfaces; a mop; scouring powder; and a vacuum cleaner. Make sure you pack these items in plastic bins so they don’t leak onto other boxes.