Tips for Moving During the School Year: Setting up Services Before You Move
So we’ve covered how to research schools and how to organize yourself and your kids to hit the ground running at their new schools. Now let’s talk about what you can do before you land in your new home to make it a smooth move-in for all. One of the biggest things you can do is schedule services ahead of time.
Services to Schedule Before You Move In
Make a list of all the services you need to set up in your new home. See our list below for the most popular ones and when you should contact them about new service. Also, don’t forget to contact all of your current service providers to arrange for disconnection.
Cable and the Internet
We know you and your children can’t live without the internet and favorite shows. Keep your lives seamless by calling your provider two weeks before your move-in date to arrange connection. Check their website to see their latest promotions and snag the best deal for you. It’s essential for your kids to have access to the internet to complete homework, and, of course, to connect with friends, so don’t delay!
Power, Gas, and Water
Make sure you’ve contacted each of the basic utility providers two weeks before your arrival. Keep in mind that you may see some extra fees the first month for the initial connection.
No one wants their neighbors’ first impression of them to be the ones with the trash piled outside the garage door. Protect your reputation and get this one set up a few weeks ahead of time.
This service is key for uninterrupted mail service. Go online to the U.S. Postal Service’s website and enter your information for forwarding. They will forward your mail for up to one year.
Security ranges from scheduling a locksmith to come change the locks on move-in day to hiring a company to install a full system for monitoring. If you’re transferring your current system, call your monitoring company a month ahead of time and discuss your options. For new systems, shop around to find the best deals, and call them a couple of weeks before you move to arrange installation and activation.
As you contact schools, service providers, realtors and more, it’s essential that you stay organized. Keep all numbers in one spot — whether that’s stored in an app on your phone or in a notebook that you keep with you. Write down the company name, number, date you called, person you spoke with and any confirmation numbers.
The more you prepare ahead of time, the more smoothly your move will go. And with kids heading into a new school and boxes piled around you, we know you need smooth and simple in at least one area.
Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.