What I Learned From My Move: Tech, Appliances, QR Codes

Moving is a time for excitement: starting life anew, the joy of furnishing your new home, or just rearranging your existing stuff to see how it goes with the new place. But moving itself is a painful and arduous process. Here are a few things we learned from our recent move...one tech tip especially may take the sting out of that most mundane of tasks: unpacking!

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Use QR Codes to organize and inventory your home. We found the State Farm Movetool to be very helpful in inventory your items before the move. It takes moving to a different level with its Smart Labels, letting you print QR code labels to stick onto your boxes. Even after you’re settled in, you will be able to view your home inventory, which can be helpful for insurance purposes.

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.

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Prep your appliances for moving. If you are moving your appliances, make sure to unplug them a couple of days in advance, so they won’t be too hot to move. Even if you are not moving your fridge, it is nice to let it defrost and clean it out before the next tenants move in.

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.

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Arrange/recruit your movers. If you are planning to hire professional movers, make sure you schedule them a few weeks in advance, to avoid scrambling last minute. If you decide to reap the benefit of having friends and family, make sure you account for no-shows. Try not to push the limit of your friendship by leaving all the work to your friends, make sure you have everything packed up and ready to go on the day of the move.

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(Photos: Flickr member Ian Murchison licensed for use under Creative Commons; additional image: Gregory Han)