Preparation is everything. Here are a few key tips for curbing the stress of moving.
First, breathe and get some rest so you can deal with whatever comes your way. Start collecting boxes, old newspapers and packing tape weeks before your move. Hire moving pros if you can squeeze it into your budget and schedule 6 weeks in advance. Move during the week when it's not as busy or as expensive. And finally, ask for help from friends and family with anything that might lessen your load.
By the time you're ready to pack, you will most likely have gone through everything you want to sell or donate. Now, it's time to create an inventory of what's left to move and start by packing all the items you won't need right away.
Here's a list of typical items: Extra bedding/linens, artwork/paintings, books/magazines, dinnerware and china for special occasions, anything from an extra room or guest room, and kitchen and all household items you rarely use.
This is up for debate, but internet is considered by many as an essential home service in today's digital world. Millions of homes across the US utilize internet service to power their TV entertainment, security systems, virtual assistants, devices and more.
Typically your town or city's website will provide instructions about establishing and disconnecting utilities at your new or existing home. If you're renting an apartment, your landlord is usually responsible for garbage, sewage and water. Check your rental agreement for details.
As a general guideline, you will need to: Complete a service application/agreement; show proof of identity – a valid driver's license, passport, alien registration card, state-issued photo ID; provide proof of residency, such as mortgage papers, proof of ownership, lease or rental agreement; and submit a direct deposit authorization form.
Before you move into your new apartment, make sure to ask the landlord or broker about available internet services. Some questions you should ask include the following: Is internet available in the unit, or do tenants have to purchase their own internet plan from an ISP?; Is the apartment already wired for cable internet?; Can you get fiber internet, like Verizon Fios, in your apartment?; Is 5G available in your building? If so, is 5G Home Internet available in your unit?
Ask your landlord or broker these questions, then check internet availability at your address.