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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Moving Day

Once you’ve closed on your beautiful new home in West Michigan, it’s time to start planning move-in day! We believe this day should be celebrated instead of stressed, and with a bit of planning, it can be an exciting, memorable event for the whole family. After all, you only move into your dream home every so often…


Even if you’ve got the big tasks squared away, the little things can add up quickly – and can determine how well moving day goes. From disconnecting your services to securing transportation for your pet, here are a few last-minute tasks to complete to make sure move-in day is as easy as possible! 


Moving Day Tips


1) Make Calls: A few simple calls will go a long way in the first few weeks and months after you move in. Notify your medical providers that you’re moving, cancel your subscriptions, alert utility companies to disconnect your services, and notify employers and insurance providers of your new address.


2) Pet Transportation: You know your furry friends better than anyone, so whether they’ll be more comfortable with a friend or a family member taking them to their new home, make sure to secure their ride to avoid any issues. With toys and treats packed for them in advance, they’ll be ready to start their new adventure. In your new home, designate a space just for your pets and fill it with their favorite things – blankets, toys, treats. They’ll feel at home in no time!


3) Overnight Bag: Pack a separate overnight bag with a change of clothes and toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, deodorant, hair brush, etc.), plus medications, towels, and washcloths for every member of the family. You’ll be glad to have quick access to these items that you may not be thinking about as you’re getting settled in.


4) Furniture/Trash Pick Up: If you’re getting rid of furniture or old appliances that are in your current house, make sure to contact your town’s trash department and/or large item removal companies first! Most trash companies cannot handle the large capacity of the trash that might come from moving out of a home, and require separate pick-ups.


5) Stock Up on Snacks: Stock up on snacks like fruit, nuts, crackers, and granola bars, since they require no refrigeration and no preparation. You can easily snack on these throughout the day to stay energized and full. Don’t forget bottled water and juice!

As you gear up to move into your new home, make sure to keep this checklist handy so that you’re all squared away on the big day. For more information on Heartland Builders’ available floor plans in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, please call us at 616-205-5430.