Congratulations on your new home!
Now that you’ve found the home of your dreams, you need to tackle the next part of the journey: packing and moving your things from one location to another. Stay calm! This may seem like a difficult task, but with the tips below you can turn a typically grueling endeavor into a tolerable experience.
– Decide whether hiring a moving company, or renting a truck and recruiting some friends to help is the best plan for you. If you’re looking into moving companies – shop around for different prices! If you’re looking to move yourself – check out which company has the best rates for rental trucks. Don’t be afraid to spend some time on this, buying a house is costly enough!
– Start packing early! And do a little at a time, instead of waiting last minute and overwhelming yourself. Slowly start working your way through things you hardly use and out of season clothes. If you find things you ‘forgot’ you had after years, you obviously didn’t miss them! Throw away or donate things you’re not using. Remember the more you get rid of, the less you have to move!
– Have a “Moving Sale.” The saying is true ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. Get rid of the clutter while you can because you want your new home to feel just that – new! Now’s the time to start with a clean canvas! Old toys, books, and even clothes can be hot sellers at outdoor sales like this!
– As you’re packing label each box! Whether it’s ‘KITCHEN’ or ‘JENNY’S ROOM’ it’s important to put clear labels on the boxes so the movers don’t have to play a guessing game. This way, when you establish each room the movers can go straight there. You only want to move once.
– When packing fragile items use old linens or towels to protect breakables. If you run out of those items newspaper is a good substitute (multiple layers!). Don’t forget to mark these boxes with a “FRAGILE” label so movers are aware!
– Put your valuables (jewelry, important documents, etc.) all in one place and take them with you in whatever vehicle you’re driving. You don’t want to get this box mixed up among other less important items that you will end up on a man hunt for.
– Make a floor plan for heavy furniture so you can have an idea of where to direct the movers. This will save you energy (and your back!) and you’ll be thanking yourself later.
– The day of the move double and triple check the home you’re leaving when it’s all cleared out. Pay extra attention to closets, the basement, the attic, cabinets, etc.
– Make arrangements for someone to babysit your children and watch your pets. It will make the day significantly less hectic and will ensure that the movers don’t have any little feet – or paws – in the way.
– Give your new home a thorough cleaning before unpacking, or if possible, before you even move anything in!
– Locate all fuses, circuit breakers, water/gas/electrical valves in your new home when you move in. Also, record meter readings and check smoke detectors!
– DON’T FORGET! To send out ‘Change of Address’ cards to alert the post office, city hall, clients, friends and relatives of your move. Contact utility companies, the RMV, and newspaper companies to cancel or change to your new address.
For more specific tips on how pack, check out our next blog post in May!