First Steps to Moving

After you decide to move and found a new place to live, there are a lot of things that need to be done. Where do you start? What are the first steps? Who do you have to contact?

First, make a list:
  • Moving Date
  • Change of Address
  • Repairs
  • Rental Truck
  • Moving Company

Pick a moving date. The end of the month, when leases are up, is a busy time. Around the holidays and summer are also busy, so expect delays.

Fill out a change of address form for your bills and mail.  It will take about 7 to 10 postal business days for your mail to begin arriving at the new address. Notify your friends and family of your move.

Any repairs or additions that need to be done on the new house should begin. You want to make sure everything is ready by the time you move in. Take care of anything that has to be done on your current house. Schedule a walk through with the landowner if you are renting or leasing.

You will need to begin researching rental trucks and moving companies. Estimate how much stuff you will need and the size of the truck to match.
          26' moving truck: 4+ bedrooms
          24' moving truck: 3-4 bedrooms
          17' moving truck: 2-3 bedrooms
          14' moving truck: 1-2 bedrooms
          10' moving truck: apartment
If you want a rental truck, then reserve in advance. Decide if you will be leasing a storage unit so that can be taken in consideration.
A week or two in advance, call to cancel the utilities. Call the new company in the area to make sure that everything is ready for the move in date.Take into consideration any pets or heavy items that needs to be moved like a piano or pool table. You will also want to note to the movers if you live in an apartment complex on the fifth floor or something similar.

Decide how much work you want to do, and how much you want the movers to do. There are different types of service. Full service means the company provides the truck, drives it, and delivers boxes from the old address to the new address. Self service move is that you pack the truck and they will drive it. It will take you more time, but you will save money. A truck rental is you pack it up and you drive it. It depends what works best for you, and how much you are willing to pay. The more you pay, the less work that puts on yourself. If it will decrease your stress, it may be worth it.

Don't know what moving company to use? Want to compare quotes? This is where Hire a Helper comes into play. Our website is here to help! Just input information about your move, and a list of companies in the area that are available on that day will appear with their prices. Pick the company you want and book them. It is easy and simple. You don't have to search individual moving companies all day trying to compare quotes on your own. Here it is on the same page. Hire a Helper does it all for you! If you have any questions, you can reach a customer service representative at (866)-994-HIRE.