The sale has closed. You’ve finally found the house of your dreams and you’re ready to make it your own. But first you have to pack up where you are. And that… is cause for serious procrastination. However, waiting til the last minute or throwing it all together only your dream into a nightmare. So do yourself a favor and heed these simple tips to make the process as simple and stress free as possible.
The truth is, moving is a lot of work. I’m not going to sit here and try to convice you otherwise. But at the end of the day, you have two choices. First suggestion?h Hire others to do it for you.
It’s absolutely possible to delegate the whole adventure to others. You can pay people to come in and pack you up, start to finish, labeled, loaded and delivered - even unpacked for you if that’s what you want. So honestly, if you’ve got a lot going on and don’t have the energy for the whole ordeal, definitely hire out. You won’t be sorry.
However, for differing reasons, many will want to do it themselves. So the following tips are to help you make that a simple, stress free process you won’t be traumatized by.
To begin with, make sure you don’t move what you don’t need. You know those things you keep carrying from house to house but never really use? Time to let these things go or get a storage unit. The less you pack, the less you have to move and unpack. If it doesn’t have deep family meaning or if you don’t use it often, stick it in a box and drop it off at Goodwill. Other families will be wonderfully grateful.
Next, make sure you’re going one room at a time. Box things up one room at a time and keep things organized in the boxes the way they live in the room so it will be easy to find and unpack when it’s time. Also be sure to be detailed when you label the boxes. The more detailed you are, the less mystery and confusion.
Go with smaller boxes. Many small boxes are easier to manage than large ones. The large ones get packed with more things and can become heavy and cluttered. Smaller boxes keep things organized and specific. Easier to put away and easier to transport.
Have a timeline and create a schedule you can stick to. This is how many details slip through the cracks, especially with things like dealing with your utilities. Utility companies need about a month notice to know you will be turning yours off, switched or turned on. Some require appointments that may be booked out 2 weeks. Don’t get stuck without phone, internet or gas, etc. Think ahead. Call your current and future providers and let them know your move date to determine the best on/off services days.
Ask for a team of helpers with different tasks. Whether you hire movers or bring on a group of friends, don’t do this alone. Determine ahead of time who will do what and when and ask them to commit to it. Be sure to pay them a fee, in service or even in food and drinks to show your gratitude for them and compensate them for their time and effort!
Moving doesn’t have to be the stress we know it to be. Whether you're buying, selling or even remodeling, Unique Home Builders are here to support you along the way. Please contact us and let us know how we can best serve you!