So maybe I can’t make it a complete cinch, but I can certainly help you get organized for a successful move! Whether you’re moving out of state or five miles down the road, relocating an entire household and family is no small feat. Over the years I’ve helped many clients buy and sell new homes, and trust me, I’ve heard plenty of moving success stories and nightmares! Let’s not talk about the husband who packed his sandwich in with his wife’s fine china. You don’t want to know her reaction when she found it three months later! Instead, let’s talk about ways you can get organized and ready to tackle your move like a boss!
Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
First, you’ve got to get rid of the clutter. You don’t want to pack and move anything you don’t need to! Go through everything in your home and decide if it’s keep worthy, headed to a charity or landing in the dump. Get rid of as much as you can.
Get Ready to Take Action
Moving is a big endeavor, so you need to plan for it. Find or make a moving schedule and checklist so you won’t forget anything. These can help you be sure you’re not left standing around on moving day waiting for a moving truck you haven’t scheduled!
Stock Up on Moving Essentials
You’ll need boxes, paper for wrapping, bubble wrap and more. Check local liquor stores and grocery stores for free boxes and save all you receive from online shopping! You’ll need boxes of all sizes. And start packing items you won’t use for the next month or so. Doing a little at a time makes a big difference!
Make a Labeling System
Before you start writing on boxes, come up with a plan for how you’re going to label them. Will you write the room name and one or two of the big contents? If you’re uber-organized, you might even log all contents in Google Sheets for easy access on the other end. If you can be this together, I guarantee it will save you a lot of searching for particular items in the weeks after your move!
Plan to Disconnect
You’ll have to schedule cut-offs for your power, gas, water, cable and such before you go. Plan to call about a week before you move. By this time, your plans will be pretty well set. Consider scheduling the disconnections for the day after you move just in case something comes up.
Be Prepared on Launch Day
There are some necessities you’re going to need accessible on moving day, like toilet paper, markers, scissors, Lysol wipes, other cleaning supplies, the vacuum, kiddo and pet toys and supplies, and some snacks. Take a few minutes to think through the day and all the little needs you might need … and pack them in a box labeled “DO NOT MOVE!” Take lone responsibility for that box on moving day, and cling to it for dear life! It will get you through!
Moving is certainly no easy task, but with these tips and your master planning, I know you can ace it. You’ll be settled in your home so fast that if you happen to pack a sandwich, you’ll find it long before it begins to emit a smell. Good luck! And if you’re just starting your home search, contact me! Together we can schedule showings and find the perfect spot for you and your family to land.
For more tips and support when selling your home, contact me! And remember, when you list with me, I stage for free when we use your furniture! I’d love to partner with you on your next home buying and selling adventure.