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MOVING CAN BE VERY STRESSFUL.
It can be overwhelming to move as there are many items to pack, many things to arrange, and lots of money to spend. It’s important to facilitate moving by staying organized and on track so that moving day isn’t too hectic. Here are 13 tips to make moving into your new home go as smoothly as possible!
1. START OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
First and foremost, it’s important that you make a plan at least 8 weeks before moving day. There’s a lot to get done, so making a schedule of everything you need to get done every week leading up to moving day is essential to staying as organized and relaxed as possible during this time.
Apart from this, ask yourself essential questions that will help you stay organized, save money, and facilitate your moving experience. These questions can be:
- What’s my moving budget?
- How much time do I need? Will the move take multiple days?
- How many items are there to move?
- Do you have children or pets to consider?
- Are you moving the items yourself or will you be hiring professional movers?
2. MAKE A CHECKLIST
Things like packing are easy to remember to do before a move, but there are other things you should keep in mind before moving that can easily slip through your mind. Here’s a checklist of things you should do before moving your home:
- Major renovations first. Whether it is a new paint job or flooring, it’s important to do these things before moving in while all of your belongings are out of the way.
- Change the keys to your new place. Change the locks of your new home before moving in, as you never know who may have a copy of them.
- Transfer your utilities. You don’t want to arrive at your new home and not have running water. Make sure you have things like electricity and water hooked up before moving in.
- Plan to set internet and cable connection.
- Set up your home security.
- Notify financial services, insurance companies, and government agencies of your new address.
- Forward your mail.
3. FIGURE OUT HOW YOU’RE MOVING
Will you hire professional movers or do it yourself? If you don’t have much time on your hands, hire movers. If you can’t afford movers, organization is key. There are also moving pods that can drop off containers at your new home–it’s cheaper than professional movers, but costs more than doing it yourself.
If you will be hiring professional movers, determine how many items you will be moving and what specialty items will also be moved apart from the basic items. After doing this, consult the professional moving company of your choosing to give you an estimate on the cost of moving, and be sure to also consult insurance options to make sure your items arrive in perfect condition.
If you will be moving yourself, consider things like packing equipment and truck rental. This includes considering the number of items you may have and the amount of space you may need in your truck.
4. CREATE A MOVING BINDER
Make a physical binder where you keep moving contracts, important personal documents such as passports and social security cards, and any financial contracts such as your mortgage or lease documents from your old and/or new home.
Apart from this, you will want to collect new addresses, loan agreements or any additional documents that may be related to your move. This will ensure that you have all of the essential documents at hand if needed during the move since most of your belongings will be packed up in boxes.
Before packing, you should get rid of stuff you don’t want or need in your new home. Go room by room and divide all items in three piles: keep, donate or sell. Always go through the keep and donate pile critically after deciding what goes in each pile. It will ensure you are keeping everything you actually need.
Aside from this, if you have items you don’t want that are still intact and in usable condition, consider donating them to friends and family or an organization, selling them online or setting up a yard sale to help you pay for your moving expenses.
6. SLEEP ON YOUR MAYBE ITEMS
If you are having trouble deciding which items you want to keep, donate, or sell, sleep on it. In the morning, decide if it is something you actually need. Moving is a great opportunity to declutter. If the item doesn’t spark joy, as Marie Kondo says, this is your chance to get rid of it.
7. TAKE INVENTORY
After decluttering and getting rid of unnecessary items, set up an inventory list of all your household items. Make a table including things like the item name, condition of the item, purchase date, category of item, and estimated value. There are also many great inventory apps that can facilitate keeping track of your things, whether it’s for insurance or moving reasons.
How much can you afford? Consider how much money you need to move and how much you have to spend on moving without overlooking your monthly expenses. Here is a list of moving expenses to consider when organizing your move:
- Professional movers
- Moving fees and insurance
- Moving on your own
- Truck rental
- Equipment rental
- Additional costs
- Transportation of vehicles
- Cost of storage unit
- Packing equipment
- Packing paper
- Moving boxes
- Packing tape
- Packing wrap
- After move-in costs
- New furniture
9. START PACKING EARLY
Packing early will guarantee less stress. Not only that, but if you pack everything last minute, you won’t have time to declutter, and you will transport the clutter into the next house.
10. LABEL EVERYTHING
Make sure all of your boxes are labeled on all sides, so that you or the movers know exactly where each box belongs. Label each box with the room it belongs in and the function of the contents inside the box, to avoid mix ups and to make it easy to know where each box goes. Also make sure the boxes include the items that correspond to the inventory list and to label the fragile boxes. For example, “kitchen – plates and glass cups – fragile”.
11. PACK NON-ESSENTIALS FIRST
While you start moving and packing, you’ll still live in your old home. You want to make sure you have everything you need while you still live there, so pack first any off-season clothes or any items that you don’t need in your day-to-day first.
12. PACK SMALL
Try to avoid using big boxes and filling up your boxes to the brim, as these will make them hard to move around because of the weight of the box. Banker’s Boxes work great! They are a great size that fits a lot while still being manageable to carry.
13. MAKE AN ‘ESSENTIALS BOX’
It’s important that when you get to your new house, you maintain your boxes and items organized, which is why you should pack a box with everything that you will need on moving night and for at least 24 hours after arriving at your new home.
These include items such as spare clothing, a toolbox, toiletries, toilet paper, easy meal prep, cleaning supplies, snacks, eating and drinking utensils, garbage bags, towels, etc. Keep the box with you on moving day so you can stay organized and won’t have to rip open boxes looking for stuff. Pack this box at the end of the move, as it will ensure you have everything you actually need.
Moving is all about organization and being smart with your time, money, and things. It can be taxing and overwhelming to go through the moving process, but with these tips you can be sure to have a less stressful move!