So you’ve found a home you love and you’re getting ready for the big move! But what exactly needs to happen to get you from here to there? Moving is something that can easily feel overwhelming, and I have to say I can understand why. There are lots of little details that play into the process of moving from one home to another.
Thankfully, I have picked up a few game-changing tips over the years that I would love to share with you. Hopefully these can help save you a little stress and give you an added boost of confidence as you prepare for your move!
- Pick the right date. Choosing your move date will depend on multiple factors, including the closing date on your new home, the day you need to be out of your current house, kid’s school schedules, and work schedules. If possible, try to allow a week or two after you have the keys to your new home before the move date, so you have a little time to get in and deep clean before you bring all of your things over. And just keep in mind that if you move on a weekday, or towards the middle of the month, you may find better prices with a moving company!
- Declutter. You start to view the things you own a little differently when you think about packing it all up, transporting it, and unpacking it. The more you can purge your home of items that might just be contributing to clutter, the simpler your move will be! Plus, you will start with a fresh slate in your new home, filled with only things you really love. This can be a long process though, so start listing things you are ready to sell online a few weeks ahead of time, and maybe make a few trips to the local consignment store before you start packing boxes. I like to think that if I wouldn’t buy it again, it’s probably not worth moving!
- Label well. This is so key to a less-stressful move! Pack your boxes by room and write on them not only which room they belong in, but also a brief description of what is inside. Write it on the side of the boxes as well as the top, so you can read them even if they are stacked. Keep hazardous and breakable things in boxes together and label them as such to avoid moving mishaps.
- Mark the layout at the new house. If possible, this is a lifesaver! Take a roll of tape to the new house and mark a few places on the floor where you want your furniture to go. This can help alleviate stress on the moving day and give those helping you move the guidance they need to know exactly which room and where to place your sofas, beds, bookshelves, and desks.
- Choose your moving company carefully. If you will be needing a moving company to help with your move, start the search early! It may be a good idea to compare pricing or get quotes from at least 3 different movers, so you are able to make a more informed decision about which is best for you. Take advantage of reviews that others have written as well, as they can give some of the best insight into what working with the company is really like! Find out what is included in their fees and be sure to read the fine print so that there are no unpleasant surprises on moving day.
- Assemble a box of moving essentials. Moving day is a big day! Preparing a box of the essential items you will need when you first get settled in the new house can be a huge help. This could include things like toilet paper, medications, dish soap, your kids’ favorite stuffed animals, toothbrush and toothpaste, and garbage bags. That way you’re not scrambling for the things you’ll need to get through your first night in the new place.
As a realtor, there are few things more satisfying than knowing my clients are happily moved in and settled into the home of their dreams. I hope these tips can truly help you feel more confident in the moving process and be ready to enjoy your new space in no time!