Three things to do a few months before a move

There’s a lot that goes into moving into a new property. While the to-do list may be piling up, there are several steps you can take to reduce the stress of moving. Regardless of whether you are moving out of state or just across town, corporate relocation companies can provide you with professional moving services that can ease the entire process.

However, before you ever get to that stage, here are three things to do months before a move:

1. Change your address with the U.S. Postal Service. While it may seem like it is too early to consider changing your address, this act can quickly get forgotten during the process of an imminent move. This can result in lost bills, notices or important financial or medical information. Consequently, the U.S. Postal Service allows people to schedule a change of address. Set the switch to happen months in advance and breathe a sigh of relief when all of your magazines and bills go to the right location.

2. Have a yard sale. It’s no surprise that while living in a home, many people end up saving things they may not necessarily need. Closets, drawers, attics and basements all have a tendency to collect clutter. In addition, remember to consider the room sizes and other similar specifications associated with the new property. While your current home may have four bedrooms, the new one may have two and you most likely won’t need the additional furniture laying around and collecting dust. Therefore, months before a move, consider gathering with friends or family and organizing a yard sale. Not only will it allow you to get rid of some of the unnecessary items in your home, but it will also put some money back in your wallet. As any move can be somewhat costly, it’s fair to say that every little bit helps.

3. Notify utility companies. Forewarning utility companies of a future moving date will reduce the number of responsibilities you have in the middle of the move. In addition, many cable companies have strong policies and instructions on returning cable boxes or equipment. By being prepared for this ahead of time, you can limit potential stresses and avoid hidden costs that may be associated with returning the equipment.