You sold your home and found a new one that checks all your must-have boxes, and now the moving prep begins! Moving is arguably the most dreaded part of buying a new home because it takes a lot of time, effort, and organization. Taking time to prepare for your move and using a smart strategy are essential to avoiding countless headaches and damages to your belongings. Keep reading for our four tips to master your move!
Lighten Your Load
There is no better time than when you are packing up your home to purge the belongings that you no longer need. If you have time, you can hold a garage sale or list your belongings on online marketplaces to try and make some money off them. As you get closer to your moving date, you will want to donate or trash any items you have left from your sales. You do not want to haul them to your new home in hopes that someone might buy them eventually!
While it’s tempting to save some money and recruit family and friends to help with your move, we highly recommend hiring a professional moving company. “Before hiring a moving company, be sure to do your homework and choose a mover that is licensed, insured and trustworthy” (Moving.com). Professional movers will properly pack your belongings to keep them secure during transport and they save you a lot of work by loading and unloading your boxes and furniture.
Packing up an entire home of belongings is no easy task, but if you do it wisely, you will make unpacking a lot less stressful. Utilize an “essentials” approach so you can save yourself a lot of time and avoid panicking when you can’t find your coffee maker the first morning in your new home. An essentials approach means packing items that you know will immediately need into specific boxes. These items can include a shower curtain and rings, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, dog food, etc. By knowing where these items are located, you make it easier to establish your basic needs in your new home and give yourself more time to unpack the less essential things.
Make a Plan
Piggy-backing off of “Pack Smart”, you also need to make a plan for your packing and unpacking process. Once you get your boxes of essentials ready, you should implement a system for the rest of your unpacking process. We recommend labeling your boxes by room and number. Rank your numbers from 1 to 3; 1 being the first things to unpack, 3 being the least essential items.
If you’ve ever stared at a home and garage filled with boxes, you understand how overwhelming the unpacking process can feel. By following the steps outlined above, you can greatly reduce the amount of stress you feel while moving, and make enjoying your new home a lot easier!