Moving is a stressful time. The prospects of a new location can be exciting, but all the work that goes into it can be exhausting. Looking for tips on how to make it less so?
Sorry, then. This isn’t the post for you. Instead we’ll look at three more things you should probably think about before packing up and leaving. And they’re probably three that haven’t even crossed your mind.
1. Check your new neighborhood for sexual predators.
Nothing could be worse than finding out that the guy who lives downstairs has been convicted of sexual assault. Or that the guy three houses down that lives across from the neighborhood playground has a history of molesting children.
Luckily, there’s a way to learn this information before you sign a lease or buy a house. Thanks to Megan’s Law, people with a history of sexual criminal activity have to register with the authorities, and that information has to be made available to the public.
Each state has its own registry on their website. It comes with a warning that information may be outdated, but is generally accurate. For a national list, you can check out Family Watchdog. It’s all free.
Looking up this information is disconcerting. And that’s an understatement. But it’s better to find out sooner rather than later.
This tip isn’t just for those with children, but also single females. Or simply those who would rather keep their distance.
2. Sell all that random stuff before you pack up the truck.
Every time I move, I’m amazed by how much stuff I have that I forgot existed. When you organize this mess of hidden hoarding, you can sell it on eBay, craigslist, in the Penny Saver–whatever method you want to use to make a few bucks off your memories or wasted spending.
I advocate starting as much of the packing process as you can early. This way, you can list and sell these items before your move. They won’t take up room on the truck, you won’t have to waste gas money transporting them, and the money you earn can help offset those moving expenses we all inevitably incur.
Getting to your new place clutter-free doesn’t hurt your stress levels, either.
3. Spackle Up.
If you’re a renter, odds are it’s written into your lease that you’ll have to pay $5 for every hole in the wall when you leave. And odds are you hung up pictures and poster and other decorations anyways.
Before you move out, do your landlord (and your security deposit) a solid by getting a tube of spackling at a hardware store. Patch it up, sand it down, and walk away with more of your security deposit back in your pocket.