Let’s face it, moving is an overwhelming process. On one hand, moving into a new home may be exciting, but on the other hand, the steps to get there aren’t quite as thrilling. If you’re moving in the near future, or thinking about what the process would look like, here’s a few tips to get you started:
- Plan out your moving supplies. If you don’t already have a plethora of empty storage bins hanging around in the attic, consider finding supplies beforehand so you don’t have to over pay for supplies. You can find cardboard boxes around town that are just going to get thrown away anyway. Check at your local grocery store, liquor store… even Craigslist. It’s actually pretty common that people don’t know what to do with their boxes after they move so they often offer them up for free to someone else looking for them.
- Get an estimate from the movers. We suggest doing this a couple months in advance. This can allow you to check around for the best rate and not be forced to pay a high fee because it was a last minute choice. You can determine all the nitty gritty with ease like determining how they charge and all about the extra fees for things like elevators. Ask around for recommendations, or maybe even consider doing the heavy work yourself.
- File a change of address. After all the heavy lifting and the hours spent getting your new home to feel like “home” again, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is your mail. Set up a change of address before your moving process, you can do it in advance and start it from the day that you’ll be moving in. One less thing to worry about. We suggest planning ahead with other necessities like your internet… and obviously your utilities.
- Keep things labeled. We recommend packing things a little at a time to avoid the dread that comes toward the end of packing everything in boxes. This also will keep you more organized because you can take your time to make sure everything is in the right place. Use a label maker for your boxes to label them by room to make things easier for you and whoever is helping you move.
- Take pictures of your electronics. Not that tech savvy? Don’t rely on your Google skills when trying to set up your electronics again in your new home. Simply take a picture of how your cords are connected to things like your TV, computer, and sound system to avoid the time and stress.
- Measure. Before you try to cram items through your doorway, measure their dimensions so no energy is wasted with trial and error. This will save you a lot of time to plan ahead for that oddly shaped living room chair.
All of the preparation and time that goes into moving can be draining. But don’t set yourself back too far! Moving into your new home comes with a lot of excitement. Start creating a vision board for how you visualize your new home to be and plan a housewarming party in advance for something to look forward to when it’s all said and done. Happy move in!