For many people, one of the best ways to improve their personal income is to seek out new job opportunities. After all, there are some companies where you’ll never be professionally satisfied or advance your career as you’d like.
But more often than not, getting a new job requires that you move to a new city—and in some cases, to the other side of the country. Are you ready for this big life change? As challenging as moving to a new place can be, a few key tips can help you prepare for your move so that you’ll be ready for when moving day arrives.
- To Hire Help, or Not?
A common question many people have when planning a move is whether or not they should enlist the help of a professional moving company. This will likely depend on your unique situation. As a single person moving out of a small apartment, you could likely fit most of your possessions into a small truck or moving van (unless you’re hauling furniture). But if you’re moving your family out of a large two-story home, a dependable moving company that will get you on time to your destination could be a lifesaver.
Moving companies can be especially helpful when you have large, heavy objects that you need to transport, like sofas or kitchen appliances. When you hire professional movers to take care of this task for you, you won’t have to worry about hurting your back as you try to move heavy objects.
Even more importantly, professional moving companies help you save time, getting everything loaded swiftly and securely. This can be especially valuable if you have a relatively short timeframe to get everything out of your old home and delivered to your destination.
Quality moving companies ensure that you don’t have to worry about cost, either—they’ll provide a written estimate for your move, as well as a confirmation for your moving date—so that everything goes smoothly.
- What to Take?
It seems that the longer you live in the same location, the more stuff piles up. Chances are, you won’t need all of it in your new home. One tip for speeding up your moving day is to go through your possessions a few weeks before the day of your move.
This is the perfect time to get rid of old clothing, books, and other possessions that you don’t use anymore. You could donate these items to charity, or even sell them at a yard sale to help offset the cost of hiring a moving company!
Getting rid of unwanted items in advance can help you save time on moving day because you’ll have less to pack. It can also help you further cut costs by enabling you to rent a smaller moving truck.
- Other Prep Work
Once you’ve picked a move-out date, sorting through your valuables isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. There are several other important tasks you need to do, such as updating your mailing address (especially with banks or your credit card company) and transferring your utilities.
Because other moving-related activities can pile up in the days immediately before the move, it is generally recommended that you take care of these other important tasks at least two weeks before you leave your old home. This can be especially valuable for your personal finances. The last thing you need is to continue being billed for electricity at your old home after you’ve moved away!
Finally, make sure your new employer knows what day you’ll be available to start work! It’s best to give yourself a few days to unpack and get settled before starting your new job, so schedule your move accordingly.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to get off on the right foot as you begin a new stage in your life. By taking the right steps to prepare before your move, you’ll ensure that you get to your new home without a hitch.