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Household Relocation – How to Make the Process Easier

Household relocation is the movement from an old home to a new home. The process is not easy, both physically and psychologically, and there is need for adequate preparation before the actual moving. This is because there are utility accounts to close and open in the new location, there is the whole process of saying your goodbyes to neighbours and friends, there are schools to find in the new place, etc. For these and more reasons, there are a number of things you can do to make the household relocation easier on the whole family.

During the household relocation, it is important leave some things behind. Taking everything you own is not advisable because you should be looking for a fresh start. The best idea is to have a garage sale for things that you are considering throwing away. Other options are giving things away to charity and simply throwing the things away. You will be amazed by just how much junk an old home accumulates over the years. Only those things that you cannot live without should be taken – the rest can be bought after reaching the new home. The advantages of doing this include reducing the moving costs and getting a fresh start in the new home.

Before the move, it is important to buy all the necessary supplies such as cartons, tapes and labels. Since you many need or want to double or triple wrap some items, you should have saved some newspapers or your can buy plain newsprint, plastic wrap or tissue paper for the first wrap.

Before the move, it is important to schedule repair or renovation work. Doing this after the household relocation means the family will have to find alternative accommodation. This will lead to extra expenses in the form of accommodation charges and moving costs since things have to be moved from the hotel to the new home.

You should get the new utility accounts weeks before the move. For this reason, it is necessary to visit the new home before the move to check on the status of those utilities and to research on local utility service providers. You should tell the utility service providers the date you expect to move into the new home so that you can have water, telephone, electricity, gas and cable on the moving day.

Before the move, it is important to do research so that you can know such things as the need for elevators to pass things through windows, etc. Research will also help you determine where you can get storage services. Waiting for the moving company to outsource the services for you means you will pay the price they quote – this price might be more than what you can get on your own.

Before the move, it is important to plan how to move pets, plants and vehicles. Waiting for the last day to move these things is the main reason people leave pets and plants behind and it leads to extra expenses in doing auto shipping.