Getting ready to move into your new home, some handy tips.

When you’re getting ready to move to a new home, the foremost thing on your mind is getting everything packed. That’s not the only thing you need to do before you move, though. Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t forget before moving:

Check that your moving company is legitimate
It doesn’t hurt to do your homework on the moving company. Are they licensed and insured? Don’t disregard customer reviews either.

Get organised
Sort through your things. What do you want to take with you during the move? What do you want to get rid of? Be sure to check your moving company’s list of non-allowable. You might want to organise a garage sale to unload some belongings and get extra cash to fund your move. Make sure to label your boxes to know exactly where to find different things.

Inspect your future home
Do a walkthrough and make a list of repairs that need to be done and things you want to be checked. Make sure that your utilities are working before you start moving in. You might need to check outlets, fixtures, and switches.

Transferring utilities
When you have a date set for the move, contact your utility service providers a few weeks prior. Set dates for disconnecting gas and electricity at your old house and connect these utilities to your new home.

Change your address
Changing your address is essential, especially if you receive lots of mail and other deliveries. Set up a change of address with your post office before moving day. You might miss out on essential deliveries, bills, and packages if you don’t.

Pack a bag or box of essentials
When you move into your new home, you don’t want to need to dig through all your boxes of stuff to find something you need because you haven’t unpacked yet. Fill your essentials box with toiletries, extension cord, paper plates, disposable utensils, trash bags and essential things. You’re not just packing a “first-day box” for you. If you have a pet, you have to think of their needs.

Find new healthcare providers.
If you’re moving to a new suburb, it’s always best to coordinate with your current physician for any recommendations they may have. You can also call your health insurance company to give you a list of doctors in your new location in your network of providers.

Inspect your former home
Before the move, it’s always best to do a final sweep of your old place—Double-check for anything you may have missed during your packing. Deep clean your old home before handing it over for a fuss-free move.