Use the following guide to help facilitate a successful move to a new home.
Prepare to Sell Your Home
The first hurdle to get over before getting down to the nitty-gritty of packing and moving is selling your current home. Before scouting out buyers, you should make preparations for your home sale, which could be a serious challenge if it's not in the best condition.
Arranging landscaping upgrades, scheduling repairs, and getting rid of clutter are vital tasks to complete before you start home showings. Consult your Realtor about which projects need urgent attention to help prioritize the chronology of your home improvement schedule.
If your home needs a serious facelift, you'll likely have to manage multiple large projects at once, leading to even more extensive cleanups. Whether you decide to hire a contractor or choose the DIY route, you can schedule a dumpster rental to make clearing away the debris quick and easy.
Create a Plan for Your Move
Relocating to a new home is always more comfortable with a moving checklist. Taking this step will help reduce stress and organize your thoughts. Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to keep track of everything in your head; you'll run the risk of forgetting important details or losing track of your progress. Your checklist will serve as your guide before, during, and after your move and make the process more streamlined. Keep track of other important considerations to note on the big day:
- Will you be moving your boxes up or downstairs?
- Does anything need to be dissembled?
With the help of a moving checklist, you can create a schedule for all of the big tasks that will be more time-consuming or require more effort. Doing so will really come in handy, especially if you are moving across the country.
Purge Before You Pack
Once the deal closes, you may feel like you have to scramble to pack everything away and get the house ready for the new owners. If you're planning to start your new life on a clean slate, you'll likely want to get rid of your old furniture. If you can't remedy the damage from years of wear and tear, keep a running list of all the furniture you need to get rid of. In fact, having too much stuff is often one of the reasons people know they need to move.
Local sanitation pickup services typically don't collect heavy or bulky furniture. Without a large vehicle, you won't be able to haul it all away by yourself. You can review dumpster size options available in your area to help determine which container will be appropriate for your furniture clean-out.
After removing old furniture, you should search your pantry, basement, attic, closets, and any other storage areas for items you don't plan to take with you. Getting rid of unwanted items will make the packing process much faster and more organized. You don't want to bring old clutter along with you that will get in the way of your interior decorating plans for your new home.
Gather Packing Supplies
With the right supplies, getting everything packed will be a breeze. Purchase boxes of varying sizes, as well as packing tape and peanuts. Then, arrange a labeling system to keep everything in order. You definitely shouldn't try to move everything to your new home by just placing it into the vehicle unprotected; you'll run the risk of damaging your possessions while en route, especially during a long-distance move.
If you're concerned about leftover waste, save your packing supplies for recycling or donate them to a facility.
Notify Your Utility Company
You definitely don't want to receive any unexpected energy or water bills for your previous residence after moving out, so call ahead of time to transfer or move services to your new home. For services that require installation or an appointment, call one to two weeks ahead of your move to notify your utility or internet provider and ask if you'll need to be present while the technicians perform the work.
Designate a Day for Sorting
Mark your calendar with a day that's dedicated to sorting to keep you accountable and on track with your moving timeline. Create labels for each box to identify items that need to be included in each room and place these boxes in separate groups to make sure that everything is accounted for.
A consistent labeling system will help you keep everything in order when it's time to unpack. Even if you don't have an extended timeline to get everything ready, try to at least keep everything organized so that unpacking is less of a hassle.
Keep Your Moving Company Informed
It's no question that DIY moves can be frustrating and overwhelming, which is why many homeowners enlist the help of a moving company. Protect your precious and fragile items by letting your movers know ahead of time which boxes should be handled with care.
Plus, don't forget about those labels! For the best prices and flexibility, try to hire a moving company at least four to six weeks before the day you move. Remember to ask detailed questions about what you can expect, especially during inclement weather or other unusual circumstances. Review the following questions to ask your moving team:
- What coverage options are available for my property?
- Will there be any additional fees?
- Is shipment tracking available?
- What happens if I need to reschedule?
- Does your company offer binding estimates/quotes?
Considerations for Renters
There's no question that you'll want your deposit back if you rent your current residence. Depending on the terms of your lease, you may be responsible for cleaning the entire home. Unless you plan on hiring a professional cleaning service, you should make sure that you don't leave behind any of your personal possessions after moving out.
Conduct a walk-through of the entire home to check for damage, leftover garbage, or anything else that may pose a problem with your landlord or property manager.
Final Thoughts on How to Move Smoothly
Getting ready for moving day doesn't have to be a massive undertaking if you prepare adequately and make the most of your resources. Relocating is often a hectic process that takes lots of time and effort, but with a plan in place, you'll feel confident that you'll be able to get the job done without any delays or surprises.
Hopefully, you have found these moving tips and guide to be helpful on your next journey.
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About the author: The above article on a guide to a seamless move was written by Maricriz Rodriguez. Maricrize works for Been There Dump That and has a passion for all things moving and real estate.