Isnare Free Articles
Authors Contents [Add OpenSearch]
Distribute your articles to more than 6,000+ sites and 40,000+ email group publisher subscribers for as low as $2 / article...
Index  Article Directory  Home Management
Embed this Article  
Brooke Drake

Brooke Drake x 29 articles

Liked the article? Consider buying me a beer!

Moving to a new home seems to be a love/hate relationship. For most, there is an excitement of moving; the thrill of something new. But I’ve noticed that once the excitement wears off, you are left with the overwhelming realization of all the chores that lie ahead: the packing, the unpacking, the actual move! After just going through a move myself, I know how crazy it can be. So to help with this daunting task, here are 10 steps to follow for a smoother move this summer.

Step #1: Notify Business You're Moving Ahead of Time

Key places to notify would be government offices and anywhere you have personal accounts. A friendly tip would be to write these places down in a list and cross them off as you go because it’s easy to lose track. Also, I would recommend doing this four to six weeks before you move. Here are some places to start from:

Personal Accounts

* Work

* Gym

* Bank

* Credit card companies

* Doctor(s)/Dentist

Government Offices

* Department of Motor Vehicles

* Social Security Administration


Step #2: Disconnect Your Current Utilities

You definitely don’t want to be paying for someone else’s utility bills, so be sure to disconnect the utilities to your current home. Try to arrange for the utilities to be kept in service through your moving day. Here is a list of possible utilities to disconnect:

* Electricity

* Gas

* Water/Sewer

* Trash

* Telephone

* Cable/Satellite

* Internet Service Providers

* Alarm company

Step #3: Home Connections

This is also something that is better to do ahead of time so things like electricity, gas and water can be used on moving day. Bounce Energy, a Texas electricity provider, has partnered with Digital Landing to make this easy on you. There you can set up your new service, compare providers and more without wasting time being on hold on your telephone. I cannot tell you how much time and how many cell phone minutes I wasted comparing prices from different companies before I found out about Digital Landing. It would have been so much easier and cheaper to be able to find and compare companies online and at one time.

Step #4: Find Moving Quotes

Let’s face it; there are a million different moving companies out there. How do you know which ones to trust? You can go by word of mouth which is helpful, but you don’t always know if you’re getting the best price. Well, once again, Bounce Energy is making it easy on you. They have a site where you can get moving quotes from certified, insured and professional movers just by filling out a short form. They have teamed up with to provide quotes from moving companies who are insured and licensed and are committed to superior customer service.

Step #5: Moving Check List

This comes in handy if you’d like to organize the steps above. A moving check list does just that, it will help you stay organized and guide you through the move by providing something tangible that you can actually print and check off. Bounce Energy has made a moving checklist that you can download and print.

Step #6: Get Organized

Now that you are ready to start packing, the next thing to do is to get organized. The best way to do this is to create a record keeping list. It may sound like a hassle, but believe me once everything is packed and you have no idea where anything is, it will come in handy. So for each box you pack, record the number for each box and the items inside. A friendly warning, be sure to write the number on the box as well or else you’ve defeated the process. You can track this information in a spiral notebook or on an Excel spreadsheet. Personal note: it may be easier to keep track on Excel that way it’s saved to the computer and probably harder to lose in the move.

Step #7: Color Coordinate

This is something that was very helpful during my move. The idea is to color coordinate your boxes according to the room to which it belongs. Designate a different color for each room or area in the new home. For example, all blue stickers belong in the kitchen. Once in the new house and before the movers arrive, put a matching sticker on the door to each room. This will help the movers know which room is which. I would recommend applying the stickers on the boxes while you are packing. It is easier than trying to navigate through the tower of boxes that have accumulated once you are done.

Step #8: Pack a Suitcase/Box of Essentials

Since it will more than likely take you a few days to get the majority of boxes unpacked, it is helpful to pack a suitcase or box of essentials. I recommend using a suitcase because you have to move it anyway and in the end, it’s one less box you have to discard. Pack the first suitcase with personal items that you use on a daily basis. For example, toiletries, medicines, undergarments, a change of clothes, towels and sheets. Pack the second with household items that you may need on day one such as toilet paper, a telephone (assuming it was connected beforehand), cell phone charger, paper plates, cups, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. Also, if there are multiple members in the household, save a suitcase for each person so they can fill it with their necessities.

Step #9: Move Certain Fragile/Valuable Items Yourself

The thought is if it’s irreplaceable, then handle it yourself, and don’t take a chance with the movers. Consider valuable possessions such as framed photos, art, silverware or antiques. One thing to note, if you are packing framed pictures or art be sure to place sheets or blankets in between them for protection. In addition to the valuables, take any legal documents or important papers with you. These items might include birth certificates, social security card, school records, recent bank records, current bills, etc., basically anything with personal information on it.

Step #10: Last Minute Details

I always get in trouble with the last minute details so I thought these were important to include. First thing is to leave your phone or cell phone plugged in all day during the move; you never know when you’ll need it. Second, once everything is packed, be sure to make a round throughout the house to check for anything left behind. Good places to check are closets, drawers and cabinets. Here are few additional details to check:

* Furnace and A/C shut off

* All utilities arranged to be disconnected

* Windows shut and locked

* Light switches all turned off

Moving may not be the most fun thing to do, but with some planning, organization and with the help and guidance of the Bounce Energy Move Center at your fingertips, your moving process should be more manageable and best of all less stressful.

Rate this article:
Brooke Drake is a writer for Bounce Energy. Bounce Energy is a Texas Electric Company based in Houston. Bounce Energy's goal is provide more than low Texas Electric Rates to our customers. With innovative and flexible plans, excellent customer service, and superior customer rewards, Bounce Energy offers a unique approach to Texas electricity.
Important NoticeDISCLAIMER: All information, content, and data in this article are sole opinions and/or findings of the individual user or organization that registered and submitted this article at without any fee. The article is strictly for educational or entertainment purposes only and should not be used in any way, implemented or applied without consultation from a professional. We at do not, in anyway, contribute or include our own findings, facts and opinions in any articles presented in this site. Publishing this article does not constitute's support or sponsorship for this article. is an article publishing service. Please read our Terms of Service for more information.

Most Recent Articles

Renovate Your Lawn Beautifully With Lawn Care and Maintenance Services

An Article by LAZICH LEO in Gardening

11 months ago

An unkempt and ugly lawn is not only an eyesore, it also creates a negative impact on your property. If you have let go of lawn care so much so that it is over run with weeds or shows bare patches, a lawn renovation is in order. Repairing your lawn may be a good idea if the about 25% of your lawn is in bad shape...

Custom Hanging Signs Sydney - Affordable Way of Promoting Your Business

An Article by Mike Layman in Marketing

11 months ago

Hanging Signs are not just an amazing and highly cost effective way of advertising your products and services; they are easier to setup in comparison to other advertisement signs – just hang them from a pair of hooks or whatever and you're done. Needless to add, this also makes them more economical than other outdoor or indoor advertisement material...

Armor Your Laptop in Style With Printable Laptop Sleeves

An Article by Rohit B in Finances

11 months ago

To help you with both of your purposes, let us discuss about such a service which will help you out here to create your own laptop sleeve. So as I told you in the above paragraph, which I would have started my personal service or something to help you out of this situation. But let me inform you what you must be thinking is just something hypothetical, but that’s not true...

Start School in Time by Using Automatic School Bell

An Article by Vivency Global in Education

11 months ago

School is first place where children learn discipline, good manners and punctuality. The automatic school bell solutions are really important and makes away from manual errors. Humans may ring the bell at in appropriate time but the machine cannot. The most of the school are digitalized with interactive boards, automatic bells, CCTV and many...

Applying For No Credit Check Mortgage Loan? – Expert Tips to Follow

An Article by Roy Robbins in Finances

11 months ago

Interestingly, the option of no credit check mortgage loan has been made available by some lenders. So, one does not need to undergo tedious process of credit assessment. However getting quick approval for an affordable mortgage no credit check loan is not easy. Some stringent approval criteria may apply...

70-345 Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Study Books

An Article by Chung Crissler in Internet

11 months ago

Examunion offers you a comprehensive look at the best prospects available in 70-345 exam questions throughout the Industry. Not only will you be given theoretical, but also given 70-345 Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 study books which will give you even more practice than before. Try our Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 70-345 exam test today and succeed in your Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 70-345 exam...

Microsoft MCSE 70-339 Practice Exam SharePoint Server 2016 70-339 Questions Material

An Article by Chung Crissler in Education

11 months ago

Maybe on other web sites or books, you can also see the related training materials. But as long as you compare Examunion product with theirs, you will find that our product has a broader coverage of the certification exam's outline. You can free download part of Microsoft MCSE 70-339 exam books from Examunion website as a try to detect the quality of our products...

Gain Weight and Build Muscle

An Article by Arati Shah in Wellness, Fitness and Diet

11 months ago

Several individuals do not succeed in their passion to maintain a healthy diet due to the lack of knowledge of eating healthy at work. When at work, many find it difficult to stay committed to a diet plan due to several unavoidable reasons such as colleagues might request to eat with them, availability of lots of delicious food at workplace, etc...

XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 LTSR 1Y0-202 Questions

An Article by Kruis Barry in Education

11 months ago

1Y0-202 is a challenging exam, with our XenApp and XenDesktop 7. 6 LTSR 1Y0-202 questions; you can feel safe with our question and answers that will help you in obtaining your successful completion of your 1Y0-202 exam. All of our practice exams including the 1Y0-202 exam will prepare you for success...

VSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam 2V0-602 Dumps

An Article by Kruis Barry in Education

11 months ago

Passcert vSphere 6. 5 Foundations 2V0-602 dumps 2V0-602 help you to save a lot of time and effort. You 2V0-602 also use the extra time and effort to earn more money. Passcert provide you the product with high quality and reliability. You 2V0-602 free download online part of Passcert providing vSphere 6...

Citrix Certification 1Y0-202 Exam Answers Passtcert

An Article by Nigel Reyez in Computers and Technology

11 months ago

Passtcert is a website which can help you save time and energy to rapidly and efficiently master the Citrix certification 1Y0-202 exam related knowledge. If you are interested in Passtcert, you can first free download part of Passtcert Citrix Certification 1Y0-202 exam answers on the Internet as a try...

Benefits to Your Wedding Provided by Limo Service in Pittsburgh, PA

An Article by Iris K. Allen in Marriage

11 months ago

Using professional transportation on your wedding day may seem like a given and a basic booking to make, but considering the effect that it can have, you’d serve your wedding day well to be selective with your booking. Find a worthwhile company and secure every wedding transportation need with a suitable Pittsburgh Limousine...

Mark the Family Wedding With a Denver Bus Rental

An Article by Lucille W. Hill in Travel

11 months ago

The obligatory family wedding comes with challenges, but it also offers opportunities. A Coach Bus Denver will make it possible for your extended family to reconnect, save some cash, and all attend the family wedding as part of a group. Take Note of Transportation NecessitiesComprehensive research into all elements of transportation should come before you make reservation from any of the Charter Bus Companies Denver...

Killtest 2017 Microsoft MCSA 70-764 Test Questions Microsoft 70-764 Practice Test

An Article by Delia Green in Education

11 months ago

70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure is among the many most respected exams so you can get good work opportunities. We can complete devoid of much frantic use the particular help regarding Microsoft MCSA 70-764 Test Questions Microsoft 70-764 Practice Test that are exclusively made for people who will need advice...

2V0-602 VSphere 6.5 Foundations VMware VCP6.5-DCV 2V0-602 Exam Test Prep

An Article by Morris Porreca in Education

11 months ago

About VMware 2V0-602 exam, you can find these questions from different web sites or books, but the key is logical and connected. Our questions and answers will not only allow you effortlessly through the exam first time, but also can save your valuable time. Examgood can provide professional and high quality products...

MLA Style Citation:
Drake, Brooke "Steps For An Easy And Smooth Move This Summer." Steps For An Easy And Smooth Move This Summer. 20 Aug. 2011 19 Jul. 2018 <>.
APA Style Citation:
Drake, Brooke (2011, August 20). Steps For An Easy And Smooth Move This Summer. Retrieved July 19, 2018, from
Chicago Style Citation:
Drake, Brooke "Steps For An Easy And Smooth Move This Summer." Steps For An Easy And Smooth Move This Summer
Copy and paste the code below to embed this article:
<a class="embedly-card" href="">Steps For An Easy And Smooth Move This Summer</a> <script>!function(a){var b="embedly-platform",c="script";if(!a.getElementById(b)){ var d=a.createElement(c);,d.src=("https:"===document.location.protocol?"https":"http")+"://"; var e=document.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];e.parentNode.insertBefore(d,e)}}(document);</script>