There’s a lot to think about when moving to a new home. Not only do you have to pack up the whole house and arrange the actual moving day, but there are countless other tasks to be done in between the major events. And of course, you probably still have all your regular life responsibilities going on at the same time.
With so much to do, it can be easy to forget some important things. We recommend keeping a checklist and creating a moving timeline to make sure everything is accounted for. There are some things, however, that people most commonly forget to even add to that checklist.
Here are the five most common things people forget when moving:
The Most Common Things People Forget When Moving
Change of Address
One of the most important parts of moving can often get pushed to an afterthought. It’s easy to forget about or put off changing your address on important documents and accounts during all the organizing, packing and moving. But this step is crucial for several reasons and should be prioritized.
Here’s a list of some common things you’ll need to change your address on when moving:
- Credit cards
- Bank accounts
- Place of employment
- Utilities, cable, phone, and internet providers
- Medical professionals you see regularly
- Life and car insurance
- Pet’s veterinarian
- Subscriptions (magazines, newspapers, etc)
- Other professional services
- Family and friends
Plans for Your Pets
Moving can be a stressful time for everyone in the family, including your pets. On moving day, they’ll need their own set of plans to make sure they are taken care of and have a smooth transition into the new home. If they’re going to stay with you all day, clear out a room or area for them that is blocked off from the chaos with plenty of food, water, bedding, a litter box and toys. If you have a dog, plan breaks for yourself every few hours to take them outside. Once you get to the new home, have another designated area for them there, too. Otherwise, make plans well in advance for a friend, family member, or boarding facility to watch them.
An essentials box is an essential part of your move! This box should include things you will need the first night and few days in the new home, such as paper towels, toilet paper, dishware, silverware, and entertainment. You should also pack separate essentials box for each family member that include toiletries, medications, clothes, etc.
Plans for Meals
It can be surprising how easy it is to forget to think about food on moving day. Since your pantry and fridge will be packed up, it’s important to make plans for your meals so you know ahead of time what you’ll be eating and won’t have to scramble to decide at the last minute, especially when so much else is going on. Have pre-prepped meals or takeout menus set aside so they’re ready to go. Be sure to plan your meals for the first few days in your new home, too, as you’ll be busy unpacking and settling in.
Protection for Your House
When moving furniture and boxes in and out of a home, damages are bound to occur without the proper protection. We use floor runners in the major traffic areas to keep floors safe from all the heavy foot traffic and cover doors and corners, such as staircases, to protect these at-risk spots for getting damaged. It takes a little extra effort, but you’ll be glad you did it when both homes look just as good after the move as before it.