Is it all starting to sink in? The ink is dry, the for sale sign is in the yard, and the realization that you just bought a new home is upon you. Moving houses can be almost as daunting as it is exhilarating, but there are a few key ways to ease the transition.
Packing and moving are skills just like any others, though most of us don't get much experience with them in our lifetimes. If you haven't had a lot of practice, these tips are for you.
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If moving day is near, read through these five recommendations. You’ll learn how to prepare and navigate this day so that it flows as seamlessly as possible.
1. Keep a Running List When Moving Houses
It’s helpful to dedicate an entire notebook to the moving process. This can hold everything from evolving to-do lists to budget breakdowns and receipts.
You should get your lists going long before moving day comes. That way, when the big day is near, you will have all your information already prepared and organized. There are plenty of tasks, like changing your address with the post office and notifying your insurance company that you can complete beforehand.
Start your room-by-room packing lists of things you need to bring with you and other items you may need to buy once you get to your new home. Consider a list of items you are not taking with you that you need to sell or donate.
Stay organized with colorful sticky notes and page dividers. Did you empty the fridge and freezer? Did you take out those last trash bags? As long as you have your running to-do list, you won't forget.
Once you begin packing, it can be easy to forget what you've already packed that is no longer visible. Mark off the things you've already tucked away and in which box or container you put them. Then you can have peace of mind as you continue with your many moving tasks.
You can also include contact information for realtors, movers, and contractors that you may need to reach during this process. Keep it all in one place to ease the hectic nature of moving.
2. Plan Furniture Placement
There is nothing worse than lugging a bulky piece of furniture up a flight of stairs when it needed to stay on the ground floor. Keeping this in mind, be sure to plan where each piece of furniture will go before arriving at the new house.
Visualizing your new house should be one of the greatest joys of moving. This home is the next step in your life. How do you want it to look?
Measure the walls in your new home and match these measurements with your furniture to make sure everything will fit. It may also be a good idea to label your furniture just like your boxes to let the movers know where to bring it.
While packing your stuff into boxes, remember to pack the essentials on top. Things that you may not use for a while, like a crockpot or books, can go into the box first. More necessary items like utensils and electronic chargers can go in last.
3. Get a Babysitter or Pet Sitter
Whether you have a fur baby or a human baby or both, moving day is not the right moment for quality time. If possible, arrange a babysitter or pet sitter for the time when you will be loading and unloading trucks.
You will be required to spearhead many tasks this day, and your patience may already be thin. You don't need any more distractions. Not to mention, moving big furniture can be dangerous with pets and children around.
Let the young ones have a relaxing day away and enter the new home once it is already a little settled.
3. Hire Movers or Bribe Your Besties
If you have a lot of heavy furniture and require a moving van, it may be best to hire movers. If that is your situation, be sure to include this in your moving budget. Shop around for the best, most reliable company and let them take the burden off your shoulders.
When moving day arrives, consider having some cash on hand to tip each of the movers. It is not an easy job to do what they do.
If you have a more DIY vibe, ask a few great friends to come to the rescue and help you carry the load. Asking for help with a move just may show you who your true-blue friends are.
Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate it. Cook your friends some dinner, buy them a nice bottle of wine and help them move when it's their turn.
4. Prepare a Go-Bag and a Snack Cooler
Moving day requires quite a lot of physical activity, and you want to make sure you are hydrating and eating enough to replenish your energy. But with your entire kitchen packed into boxes, this can be tough.
To solve this, pack a cooler full of protein-rich, easy-to-grab snacks and water. Keep this cooler handy for you and your friends.
It is also a good idea to leave out cleaning supplies so that you can tackle those last-minute stains on your way out the door. If you are leaving a rental, you likely need to have it nice and clean to receive your deposit back.
Most importantly, you want to pack a go-bag to get you through the first couple of nights in your new place. This can include essential items like:
- Clothing for a couple of days
- Wallet and ID
It could take you a long time to unpack your entire household, so you need to have a few necessary items handy until you've reorganized your life.
One More Step - Call the Roost Experts
If you’re eager to find the perfect home so you can get to your own moving day, it’s time to reach out to Roost and our award-winning team of real estate experts to find you the home of your dreams. We are with you through every step of your home buying experience. Give us a call today.