You’ve purchased the perfect dwelling, but now it is time to pack up the old one. Selling the old home might be the hardest part, but don’t forget to properly prepare for the move or this can be just as hard. It can be easy for some to put off planning for the move, so we are giving you some tips and hacks to make the process as smooth as possible.
1. Hire a professional moving company
Yes it will cost you more money than trying to do it yourself usually. I say usually because unless you know what you are doing, it could end up costing you just as much. Moving companies do it everyday; they know how to protect your furniture, they can lift the heavy items, and they know how to pack the truck efficiently. They can also maneuver around tight corners and doorways.
Hiring a professional is worth it, whether you are moving across the block or across the country. Save yourself some stress and worry. It will save you time as well. Since time is money, there is no time to waste!
2. Do your research & book early
Search for companies that do background checks and drug testing. Ask questions such as what items they are not able to move for you, or what the insurance coverage on your items is. Familiarize yourself with any possible accessorial charges that may incur upon delivery. Most companies can’t move cleaning or chemical products so know before you pack what isn’t allowed. Asking questions can help determine which company is right for you.
Booking in advance will help guarantee you get the days you want for the move. Planning about a month out is your best bet.
The last thing you want is to be running around like a crazy person trying to get everything packed last minute. Once you have finalized and set the date with the moving company, it is time to start packing if you haven’t already. This will also help reduce improperly packed and mislabeled boxes. Start with your storage areas and seasonal items. Moving all the way up to everyday items, but leaving out just the essentials.
Don’t forget your pets as well. Prepare a kit with all the essentials your pets may need during the move. If you are moving far, inform your vet so you can take records and any prescription medications with you.
4. Get all your packing supplies
In order to start packing you will obviously need packing supplies. The main supplies you will need are: assorted box sizes, moving blankets, packing tape, shrink wrap, bubble wrap and/or packing paper, and markers to label boxes.
If you are looking to cut costs on supplies there are some options. Some home improvement stores will let you take the boxes product was received in free of charge. You can also use newspaper to wrap items instead of spending lots of money on bubble wrap. Although, some items may still need to be wrapped in bubble wrap for extra protection. Lastly, you can use your own blankets for covering furniture during the move. Just be cautious that your blankets may get some tears, or your furniture may get slight dings if your blankets aren’t as thick and sturdy as normal moving blankets.
5. Stop hoarding
We know a lot of your items have sentimental value to you, but you also need to know when it is time to draw the line. Moving is a great way to de-clutter. Set up separate boxes that are going to be for donating and for the dump. If you have items you can’t decide to keep or throw out, you can set up another box to decide on later. Just remember when you go through this box, do you REALLY need it or is it just going to continue to sit in the back of the closet for years.
Before you start packing boxes, get some colored coded labels or stickers like the kind you would see at a garage sale. You can put the labels on the boxes to reference different rooms the items in the boxes belong to.
If you have a rolling suitcase, pack it up with your heavy items like books. This way you just have to wheel it out instead of straining your back to pick it up and lug it out.
There are a million different tips and hacks to get organized when moving. Try checking out Pinterest for creative and fun ways to organize. Below are some guides to help you get started as well.
7. “Spring Cleaning”
Whether it’s you or you hire a professional, the house needs to be cleaned. Hiring someone to clean is obviously easier for you, but it will also cost you more than doing it yourself. Some real estate agents do have a cleaning service come in and clean. Ask your agent if this is something they offer when selling your house. This will save you the hassle of either cleaning your house or trying to find someone to clean it.
Check out these checklists and guides to help you get started!