You may emit a long and belabored groan at the thought of moving. Or you may find moving as an opportunity to declutter and start fresh in a new place. Either way you look at it, your couch isn’t going to move itself. Consider these five helpful tips to take the first step toward your relocation.

  1. Pay attention to packing. Don’t be that person who is throwing cupboards full of stuff into boxes on moving day. Give yourself time to consider the whole process from packing to unpacking. Use sturdy tubs for stuff that will be stored in a basement or garage. Grab disregarded cardboard boxes at a mailing center or grocery store, or find an eco-friendly service that delivers reusable boxes and picks them up after you’re finished.
  2. Find a team and transportation. The ol’pay your friends in pizza and beer” method may work if you’re moving in or out of your first place. It may not be the best way to go after you’ve invested in delicate pieces of furniture, art or dishes. If you’re living the latter, hire professionals to make sure your stuff is transported safely. (The same goes for moving the family across the country.) If you’re moving some sturdy items across town that will survive a bump or two, ask your friends to lend a hand.
  3. Think ahead. Having a household inventory handy will help you keep track of your belongings before and after relocating homes. Also, pack a “basics” box with items like toilet paper, soap, pillow and a lamp to take with you to avoid starting without in your new place. Think of it like a carry-on bag: if the checked baggage doesn’t arrive at the same time you do, at least you’ll have the essentials to hold you over.
  4. Inform those who need to know. If you were paying for utilities like electricity, gas or water at the residence you’re moving from, be sure to call those companies to cancel or transfer your service (and read the meter the day you move out so you have a record in case there is a dispute). Ask the United States Post Office to forward your mail to your new address. Read through this full list of entities that may need to know your new address. And give your employer and emergency contacts a heads up, too. Obviously, the same rules would apply after you move into your news digs.
  5. Consider what’s covered. The stuff you’re moving is covered under an Erie Insurance renters or homeowners policy anywhere in the world which includes in your backpack, towing trailer or in the back of a moving van. If you decide to use a professional moving service, be sure to ask what kind of insurance they carry. Still have questions? Talk to your local Erie Insurance agent to make sure you have the coverage you need.