Arrange your installations weeks in advance. This is very important if you want to get all your tech up and running quickly, especially getting internet set up. If you’ve ever dealt with a cable company or phone company, you know the list for installation is long, it can take a week or even two before you’re scheduled for an installation. While you spend the whole day on the phone, transfer your utilities if you'll have the same provider, don't forget to ask for the "last month" bill!
Change your address and add a forwarding address. Use the Change of Address Form on USPS website to avoid missing important mail. Even though it is an online form, it takes a few days to process, which means you should do this a week in advance. The online change of address form allows you to put in a forwarding date. Don’t forget to update your address with your bank, magazine subscriptions and any online shopping sites.
Try to obtain a floorplan of your new place. A floorplan is useful when planning where to move your existing furniture or to plan out new ones. Don’t forget to mark the locations of the outlets so you have a better idea of how to arrange your tech. There’s nothing more annoying and unsightly than having to run an extension cord across the room. Try Home Design 3D if you have an iPad, it’s easy to use and lets you get a clearer picture of your vision. Or check out Floorplanner, which lets you create and share your floorplan online.
Check out our other articles on moving:
- Moving Via the Web: Pitfalls and Things to Avoid!
- Take a Photo Before Moving and Taking Apart Tech Setups
- Moving Appliances? Grab Some Windex for an Easy Slide
- Digital Message Tape Makes Moving Fun
- Using a Spreadsheet and Dropbox to Ease Moving