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Your Checklist When Moving to a New City

posted: 16/09/2013

If you are moving to a new city and you are looking for some advMoving to Londonice on how to make the move less stressful and more efficient, then you’ve come to the right place. Here is a moving checklist to help you organize your move. Having a list of the moving related tasks will help you stay focused and keep your deadlines.

Explore the new city

It would be great if you can visit the city and stay for a couple of days (at the very least) before making your final decision. Generally, most of the moves to a new city are due to a job offer, better housing, or are family related. In any case, you should research the city well. Maybe it offers a great career opportunity, but what if housing is expensive. You should consider the cost of living, the quality of life, job market and if you have kids, schools. If you haven’t been to the city and do not have friends there, you can start reading the local newspaper or some blogs and forums to learn more about the city.

Find a new home

Once you get to know the city you are moving to, start looking for a place. If you are planning to stay in a hotel and research neighborhoods when you arrive, that may end up not so good for you. You may spend thousands on hotel bills before finding the would-be home. Start looking for a home as soon as possible. Learn as much info as you can about the neighborhoods, rental prices and home values. The official website of the city should help with information about the neighborhoods, and the local real estate websites will help you learn more about the housing market. Once you narrow down to a short list of potential homes, it’ll be much easier to choose the right one when you arrive.

Find Movers

Finding a reliable removals company can be daunting. If a friend or colleague can refer a removals company, that would be great. Reach at least three removals firms. Pay attention to credentials such as membership in reputable industry associations, years of experience and online reputation. In order to receive an accurate moving quote, ask a company representative to visit your home to give you an estimate. Moving estimates over phone or e-mail cannot be as accurate as visual estimates. Ask movers for charges on extra services such as packing and storage.

Transfer utilities and accounts

Moving to a new city means you have to change address and deal with a lot of bureaucracy. You will have to notify the government and non-government institutions, personal service providers as well as all of your relatives and friends. It’s a long list, so start early, do not leave it for the last moment. You will have to cancel all utilities and subscriptions too. In your moving checklist with tasks include all contacts and meetings and make sure you won’t miss any.

Packing your home

You are almost done. All you have to do now is pack your entire home. Pack smart. Leave all expensive and fragile items to the removals company to handle them. Those items can be easily damaged during transport if not packed and loaded properly. Start packing two weeks before the moving day. First, pack the items that you use rarely and do not forget to label the boxes. That will significantly ease the unpacking process. Make an open-first box with essentials you will need immediately after you arrive at the new place.

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