Moving to a new home is a huge undertaking. Most people are just happy to get through it, and focus on the here-and-now: do I have everything packed in boxes, did I schedule the movers, etc. People can get so wrapped up in getting out of their current home as smoothly as possible that they forget to plan ahead for when they’re at their new home.
The first week in your new home is bound to be pretty hectic. We’ve put together some things to keep in mind, so that as you transition you’re fully prepared.
Everyone Should Pack a Suitcase
Be sure to pack like you’re going on a mini-vacation. Keep everything you’ll need for the first few days in your bag–from changes of clothes, to pajamas, toiletries (toothbrushes, contacts, shower gel, shampoo, etc.), medicines, and any electronics you can’t live without for a few days, such as your laptop or tablet (and don’t forget the chargers!).
Packing ahead of time ensures you aren’t digging through boxes just to find something you were probably going to need/want anyway.
Plan to Dine out for a Few Days
Unless you plan on unpacking everything in the kitchen first, be sure to set some money aside to eat out for the first few days while you get everything situated. It doesn’t have to be fancy five-star restaurants, just some cheap, filling nutritious food. Then you don’t have to worry about cooking and doing dishes, which just adds to the overall task at hand. Plus, you can treat yourself and your family with a break from the unpacking.
Take a Few Days Off From Work
If you’re moving during the week, the last thing you want to do is come home from a long day at work, just to be greeted with a long night of unpacking and organizing. If you have a spouse that also works, the same goes for them. And if you have a stay-at-home spouse, they will thank you for being around to help with everything! You should plan on taking 2-3 days off if possible, as you’ll probably need more than one day to get situated.
If You’re Moving Long-Distance
If you have children, be sure to ensure that your children are registered for their new school(s). If you have pets, be sure you find a reputable veterinarian in case any emergencies arise. If you’re moving out of state, be sure to research and budget enough to file the paperwork to get any vehicles you have legal for your new state (inspection, registration, etc.), plus plan on getting your new Driver’s License.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can help ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. If you’re looking for a reputable moving company in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, be sure to give us a call at Texas State Movers and we’ll take care of you!