How to Make Moving into a New Home a Breeze!
Here are a few easy steps to follow to ensure that your moving day into your new home will be a day of pleasure instead of a miserable experience. All it takes is a little planning on your part. It’s easy to do and well worth the effort.
Save your back. Do not try to move everything you own yourself or with a couple of friends. This is a great way to lose friends. Spend the money and hire movers. You’re older than you think!
Choose a moving company. Pick a moving firm with a reputation for good service and reliability. Get written estimates. Ask for names and phone numbers of at least three recent clients you can call. Speak with these references and be sure that they were satisfied with the service they received.
Leave it behind. Avoid moving anything you don’t really need. It is expensive, time-consuming and physically unnecessary to move things you won’t be using. If you don’t use it now, you most likely won’t use it later.
Get rid of clutter. Dispose of old toys, old clothing and other things you really don’t need before you move. Have a garage sale if you have the time or donate usable items to charity.
Prepare your new home for your arrival. If possible, get in there and clean and/or paint your new home before the furniture arrives.
Box it up. Get clean boxes in good condition with covers so they can be closed and sealed with tape. Liquor boxes are excellent. They are very sturdy, usually have handholds and come with dividers making them perfect for packing glasses, vases, etc.
Pack light. Boxes are easier to handle if they’re under 30 pounds fully packed. Large overstuffed boxes are difficult to lift, carry and get through some doors.
Make an inventory of items and boxes. This way you are sure that nothing gets “lost” in the move. Number or attach a brightly-colored content label to every box and check to be sure every box gets loaded on and unloaded off the truck. Different colored content labels for each room helps, also.
Start packing now. Even if you only pack two boxes a day, in thirty days, you’ll have sixty boxes packed. Start in areas where things are not frequently used such as the attic, garage and storage closets.
Assign tasks. Put one person in charge of the inventory and another person in charge of overseeing where items are placed as they come off the truck. Solicit the help of family and friends to help with the packing and unpacking. You will get much more done with more helping hands around.
Plan your furniture arrangement before the truck arrives. This is especially helpful with large furniture pieces such as wall units, sofas and bedroom sets. No need to move them twice.
Stack boxes so you can easily read the content label or number. It helps to label or number the boxes on the side as opposed to the top so you can easily identify the box you’re looking for.
Reconfirm with your moving company. Once you’ve selected your movers, confirm your move date with them one week before the actual move and then again in the morning the day before the actual move.
Set up a central unpacking area. This way all the packing material, box openers, trash containers and empty boxes can be accessed quickly and disposed of quickly.
Have an “essentials” box. This would include cleaning items, toiletries, screwdrivers, aspirin (just in case), prescription medications, things you may need immediately on moving day.
Get a babysitter for the day. If you have young children, having someone watch them for the day will help you accomplish much more. They will be safe and won’t be interrupting your progress.
Make a pet plan. Perhaps keep your cat in a bathroom with a litter box while the movers are there and your dog in the backyard. Keep them out of the movers’ way. Be sure they're wearing an ID tag in case they get loose. Give them plenty of attention in their new home once they arrive and don’t leave them alone for long periods of time the first few days.
Stock your new refrigerator. Offering your movers a cold soda or two and snacks will help their attitude and willingness to be careful with your items.
Check for damage. Contact your moving company immediately to submit a claim for any damaged or broken items.
Get ready for bed. As soon as the beds are set up and put in place, put the sheets and blankets on the bed. You’ll be grateful you did later that night when you’re exhausted.
Sell your boxes. If you purchased boxes from the moving and storage company, they may be willing to buy your boxes back from you.
If you follow these simple steps, you’re sure to have a smooth move into your new home. Best of luck to you!
Betty & Daryl Pierson
Your Lifetime Real Estate Consultants
The Keyes Company, Realtors
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