What to Consider Before Your Next Big Move by Sierra Powell

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Moving can be a tremendous amount of work. Aside from all of the packing, moving, and unpacking, there are many aspects to a move that must be considered in order to minimize headaches. One or two small mistakes can easily turn a successful move into a complete disaster. Having a moving plan can help mitigate or even illuminate any problems you may face on moving day. Here are a few tips that you can add to your moving plan to make sure your moving day is mistake-free.

Mail forwarding

Forwarding your mail is just a small part of the moving process. However, skipping this small part can lead to big headaches. You can do several things to ensure that you consistently get your mail throughout the moving process. You can get a post office box near your new home and have your mail forwarded there prior to the move. You can have your mail paused and then delivered to your new address after you have finished moving. You can also have your mail forwarded to your new address before you move in, so long as the home is vacant and your mail will be secure. For an added layer of protection, you should contact any individual or business sending you financial related mail and change your address directly with them.


This is an often overlooked step with regards to moving. No one wants to move in the middle of terrible weather. It can delay and, in extreme cases, even prevent you from moving entirely. Check the weather far in advance of your desired moving date. Try to pick a moving day that gives you the best chance of having good weather. When possible, make alternative plans in the event of inclement weather. If you are hiring a moving company, be sure to ask them what options they provide if your move is delayed or possibly canceled due to bad weather.

Vehicle Transport

It would be best to plan how to transport your vehicle to your new home. This is especially important if you have multiple cars. While you may intend to drive your vehicle to your new home, it may be easier to hire a professional vehicle transport company if you have additional vehicles. If you have a non-four wheel vehicle like a motorcycle, you should also inquire about motorcycle shipping rates. Having your vehicle shipped can save you a lot of time and effort, especially if you move long distances. To protect yourself and your vehicles, make sure you hire a fully bonded and insured company.

Pest Control

How many people do not even think about pest control before moving? Unfortunately, they go under the assumption that their new home is pest-free. There’s nothing worse than moving into a new home and discovering that you have unwanted guests. Be smart and avoid this terrible situation by contacting a reputable pest control company and having your new home treated before you move. You can be sure that any toxic fumes will be out of the house by the time you have moved in and that any pest will have been killed or removed. The best time to get a home treated is when it is empty, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity.


No matter how clean a home may look, you have no idea if it is truly sterilized. There could be unseen dirt and germs everywhere, or it could have been cleaned with unhealthy and toxic chemicals. Not only is this unhealthy for you, but it is also harmful to any children or pets you may have. Do not hesitate to hire a reputable cleaning company to clean your home from top to bottom thoroughly. Always inquire as to what their cleaning process is so that you can be sure that your new home is not only clean but safe.

The best thing about moving day is when it is over. Start working on building your moving plan long before the day arrives. Your plan can help you avoid unnecessary problems associated with the unprepared. Build your strategy around the things that you will need before, during, and after your move. While no move is perfect, having a moving plan can significantly reduce the stress of moving day and dealing with unexpected problems. Start working on your plan now; you will thank yourself later.