6 Steps to moving successfully

So you’ve finally found that perfect home, and are getting ready to move out of the old and in with the new! It’s stressful, scary and altogether a little overwhelming. But, it can be made a little easier with these 6 steps for moving successfully:

  1. Clean the home and get it organized. Over the years, we all collect a lot of “stuff” and much of that does not need to be moved to the next home. Take some time to go through everything that you have collected, and get rid of those items that are rarely used. If you absolutely can’t bear to part with some of the items, get a large plastic container and put them in it. This can go into your new garage! I tell my clients to put medium-sized boxes in EACH room that you are packing. Mark them with the ROOM NAME, GIVEAWAY and TRASH. Use the 5-second rule. Everything you pick up must go in one of these boxes within 5 seconds. You will be surprised how this will speed up your packing time.
  2. Label all your boxes. It is hard enough to put everything away when it is labeled properly, now imagine 40-50 unlabeled boxes. Where do you put them when you get to the new house? How do you know where to start? Make sure to clearly label each box with the room it will go to in the new house and the items that are in it. This will also help with breakables, as labeling them as Fragile will hopefully remind you and whomever is moving them, to be a little more careful. Speaking of Fragile…never pack a box full of towels or linens. Grab a stack of these items and put them in each room that you are packing. Use them as free packing material and kill two birds with one stone by packing them around items that are ragged or fragile. This can save you up to $100 on your move and make your life so much easier.
  3. Be safe. Whether you are using a moving company or just you and your friends, be careful when packing and moving boxes. Things like books and kitchen items get heavy quickly. Make sure that you are not overloading boxes by using small boxes for heavy items so that you can’t put as many in it. (Home Depot has the best prices on boxes. You will pay 2 to 3 times as much if you go to a storage store to purchase your boxes. Give me a call and ask about the best free boxes you can find in your neighborhood. My clients just love these and they really speed up the packing process.) Also, make sure that all cords are out of the way and there is no loose rugs while trying to carry boxes to and from the cars. The last thing you need is an injury while trying to move. If you decide to hire a moving company, please give me a call because I know of ONE honest and reliable moving company in the area. My past clients rave about them and use them move after move.
  4. Cancel/Transfer services. Services like cable, water, gas and electric will need to come out to your home to take final readings and pick up their transmitters. Make sure to schedule a time that is convenient for you, but won’t keep you without water while you are finishing up the move. Many services offer the chance to transfer them to your new home if you are staying in the area. This can be very cost effective as it eliminates the re-set up fee. If possible, transfer as many services as you can.
  5. Deal with the mail/subscriptions. Luckily, more and more companies are allowing you to remove paper statements and trade them for all online alerts. This has helped a lot with the transfer of mail issues, but remember, you still need to notify the post office of your move. It takes about 10 days for them to get everything transferred, so make sure you have someone that can check your mail at the old house if you don’t get it transferred early enough. Once you get to the new house, as you get bills and magazines with the forwarding sticker, call them to let them know of your new address. it makes the process much easier.
  6. Have a little fun. Moving does not have to be torture. If you give yourself enough time to plan and pack, and make packing fun by inviting friends and family to help, listening to music and rewarding yourself with a treat at the end, it will be much easier. Remember, at the end of this journey, you are getting a fabulous new home!

What other advice do you have for moving?

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