You’re excited about moving out of your old place and into your new home, but there’s a lot to think about. Stephens Real Estate has a few tips to help your move go as smoothly as possible.
Only move what you want to keep. There’s no reason to move boxes that haven’t been opened since your last move. Sort items into 3 piles: keep it, donate it, trash it, and then get rid of the clutter. You’ll thank yourself when it’s time to unpack at the new place.
Label everything. Use a marker and write on every side of the box or use a smartphone app to help you print bar-coded labels and keep inventory sheets. You will know what’s inside each box and in which room it belongs.
It takes teamwork. When people offer to help, whether it’s dropping off a pizza for dinner or helping move furniture, accept. Be ready when they arrive. Have blank inventory sheets so you can divide and conquer. One person can handle each area or room.
Have the right supplies. You will need permanent markers, pens, tape, labels, inventory sheets and scissors. Have sturdy boxes in different sizes. Moving companies usually sell boxes and packing materials and offer refunds for unused supplies. Remember to have water, food and snacks available for moving day.
Be creative. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks. Pack your plates with foam disposable plates between them. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
Pack a moving day kit with essentials that you will need for moving day: cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, toiletries, and a change of clothes for each member of the family.
Protect your valuables. Find a safe place to store your valuables on moving day. Insure anything that is valuable or breakable. Backup important files and photographs stored on your computer just in case something happens in transit.
Be ready for your first night in your new home. Only unpack what you will need immediately. Ask your new neighbors for restaurant recommendations. If you have kids or pets, try to get them set up and establish their regular routines right away. Then take a break and re-energize. The boxes will be there tomorrow.
There are lots of details to consider when moving. The Stephens Pinterest page has great ideas, including a pin with 10 apps for your smartphone or tablet. Visit pinterest.com/stephensreks, and look for our Packing and Moving board.