The big move is upon you and you can hardly wait to get to your new home. Before you get there, you’ll have numerous tasks to accomplish. To that end we’ll explore moving tips for savvy homeowners or for people just like you!
Pack With Your New Home in Mind:
Once you have your moving method determined, such as Smart Box Storage, the meat of your work is before you. This means you’ll have time to acquire your boxes, gather your packing materials, purchase labels and tape, and begin the process.
When packing, consider the layout of your new home. Every item that goes into a box should have a place in your new home. If it doesn’t, then don’t move it — simply donate or sell those items that are not a match for your new home.
Never Scrimp on the Details:
There are boxes and then there are boxes. Each box you pack should be readily identifiable by the markings on it. This means if you are packing for your daughter’s bedroom, then her name should be on the box.
Use markers and color-coordinated labels to distinguish each box. Make it easy so that when you glance at a box in your new home, you know precisely the room where it belongs. If you have a box full of must open first items, label that one accordingly.
Dump the Excess Stuff:
You may have already separated the items you won’t be taking with you from the items that will go with you. But don’t stop there: you need to evaluate other stuff, such as your seasonal items, decor, and knick knacks. If an item isn’t a fit for your new home, then plan to move it out.
If you’re downsizing your home, this task becomes even more challenging. Clearly, if your space is about half the size of your current home, then you’ll need to carefully consider what you will take with you. This also means making some hard decisions — that prized china set may need to go to your daughter now, instead when she is settling your estate.
Start Early and Pack Often:
You’ve already started to pack and that is a good thing. But don’t let up here. Make a point to pack at least a few boxes every day. When you have some spare time, then plan to pack a dozen or more boxes in a stretch.
If your home is especially large and you can use the help, accept offers from your friends to come over and help you pack. Additional hands can help you get the work done and relieve stress. Further, if you can arrange play dates for your children while you are packing, you’ll get more done at that time too.
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize:
Days and weeks of packing can shake the resolve of even the most dedicated individual. It is important that you keep your eye on the prize — moving from your current home to your new home.
That may also mean cutting yourself some slack, taking a break, and doing something else for a change. Use your break times to explore your area, by visiting museums, parks, and other places of interest before you leave. These visits can be memory builders, so take lots of photos and keep these for posterity’s sake.
Lastly, as you move closer to your moving date, make sure that all unfinished business is handled. Give your forwarding address to the post office, acquire your important records, visit your bank and take out enough cash to have on hand, and recheck your “to do” list to ensure that everything is being accomplished.
On the day of your move, rise early and take on the day. If you’re moving early in the morning, staying at a hotel or a friend’s house the night before may be wise. Finally, when the home is clear and the storage box has been filled, then perform a final walk through before turning the keys over to the new owner.