How to Make the Move-In Process Easier

No matter how much you plan, moving is never easy and it’s often chaotic. Here are some helpful tips. Although many receive their credit card, bank and other statements online, some items are still delivered via the post office.

Notify the Post Office

Sometimes it takes up to two weeks for an address change to become effective. Even then letters are delivered to the old address. Therefore, two weeks before moving submit an address change either at the local post office or online at

Place a Note in the Mailbox

This will inform the mail carrier that the property will be vacant effective the last day of residence. This will also notify them to hold any mail and return it to the post office.

Notify Creditors of Your New Address

Another way of ensuring the receipt of timely statements is to notify creditors of the address change prior to the move. This will ensure the timely receipt of important documents and it will prevent scammers and thieves from getting their hands on important documents.

Contact Utility Companies

Schedule the shut off at the old residence and turning on of the utilities at the new address. If moving to a new city, ask the new utility company if a letter of reference from the previous utility company could serve as credit reference so no additional deposit may be required. Always allow some overlap at each location when switching utilities just in case additional cleaning is needed.

Organize Your Boxes

When it comes to packing, label boxes properly but don’t be too specific. For example it is easy to label a box CD’s or books but a better label would be office, master bedroom or kitchen. When it comes to labeling boxes the location of the contents in your new home will make moving easier because boxes can be delivered to the right location.

A man's hand trying to open a doorOnce unpacking begins, immediately breakdown the boxes and dispose of them. Nothing says new residents like empty boxes stacked outside the home. Be aware of new surroundings. Do not leave anything unattended even momentarily. While it may not seem like a long time to take a box inside and walk back out to fetch another, that is just the right amount of time for someone to help themselves to one of the unattended boxes.

For more information and other helpful tips, please contact us at New Bridge Management.