If you are planning to move to a new home or office, the bulk of the heavy lifting will probably take place on the day of the move itself. You can also expect several days of packing ahead of you in the days leading up to the move. You had better benefit in halfway decent shape too. Unless you pay other people to do all the work for you, you will be in for a workout come moving day.

That being said, a lot of the work that goes into moving to a new location will probably take place “behind-the-scenes” and require a different set of muscles. Although not nearly as physically demanding as lugging heavy boxes down a flight of stairs, these tasks are just as important as the more physical aspects of the move. We’re talking about making the arrangements to make your move go much more smoothly and more efficiently.

About two weeks before you have to move, you should inform the bank, your place of work, and your children’s schools of your new address. This will save you the trouble of having to do it later anyway. This will make it easier for you and your family to get back into a regular routine in the new home. You should have also arranged to have your mail sent to your new address.

If you have been renting your previous home, you will have to get the house in order so that you can get your security deposit back. After the owner has inspected the house for any damage, you will probably have up to a week tops to vacate the premises. You can then use this security deposit toward your new home if necessary.

Go through your kitchen and see what items you can take with you when you move. You don’t have to throw away everything, and barring the old can of beets from last year, you might just have enough to get a good start on your pantry in the new home. You will find that the expenses don’t end when you move out (on the contrary), and every little bit of money that you can save will come in handy as you ease into the new home.

Don’t forget to get your utilities services disconnected at the last convenient date for you. You should arrange to get the power and gas shut off on the day after you move. Cable, Internet, and satellite services may be scheduled for disconnection on the same day or even a few weeks before you have to move. The important thing is to make sure that you aren’t running a bill on utilities that you won’t use.

You will ideally want to be present as the movers unload the truck at your new home. If this isn’t possible, you should definitely arrange to be there for the movers. This will help ensure that each box is handled carefully, and can be placed in the appropriate area of your house right from the truck.

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