There always seems to be an air of excitement around moving into a new home. So much to consider, so much to do, and at the end of it a new beginning for the entire family. Of course, moving can also become more of a nightmare if you don’t follow the right steps or forget to cover all your bases. The moving process leaves a little bit of room for error, but it’s still wise to follow all the important steps so you don’t leave anything to chance and make your move as exciting and stress-free as possible.
The first step to moving into a new home is to wrap up whatever deal you’re working on to acquire it. This might be a real estate deal, or it may just be signing a lease, but it must get done and a firm move-in date established before you get things underway. Once all the details are worked out and everything is signed, all you have to do is formulate your plan and put it into action.
When you’re moving into a new home, it’s wise to start the planning process as early as possible. You’ll know when you have to move in and it may seem like you have a ton of time, but things will come up. Little delays that don’t seem like much can all band together to form some major delays if you aren’t careful. Any good moving plan has to include all facets of the process. This means shutting off and turning on utilities, address changes, new school for kids if necessary and arranging movers. Obviously, timing is one of the major concerns when it comes to all of these things. You have to be out your current place on a specific date and into the new home on a specific date, which is likely the same date. And, you want the transition to be as comfortable as possible, which means you want everything to just sort of fall into place right where you need it to be. Only you know how many years or decade’s worth of stuff you have that needs to move. Figure that out early on in the planning process, then you can follow through with the rest of the plan accordingly.
Whether you are moving around the corner or across the country, moving boxes are going to be part of the process. And it’s how you handle and organize those moving boxes that will partially determine how smoothly the move goes. The moving boxes are your chance to keep it all organized or let it all fall into disarray. Some of the rules you may want to follow with moving boxes include:1. Label all moving boxes clearly on the top and at least two sides.2. List what’s in the box and where it belongs on the outside.3. Keep boxes under 50lbs4. Position heavier items in the bottom of moving boxes.5. Use soft items like scarves, socks or towels to fill crevices in boxes.6. Ensure all boxes can be closed so the tops are flat.
Within all the boxes, it’s also a good idea to include an essentials box, just in case the movers are late or get lost. An essentials box will include bunch of daily essential items like: ◦ Flashlight ◦ Cans of soup ◦ Toothbrushes & toothpaste ◦ Shampoo and soap ◦ Toaster ◦ Kettle ◦ Garbage bags ◦ Tool kit You may think of more things to include in your essentials box, or you may use more than one box. Just be sure to pack the essentials box in with you, so if the movers don’t get there for some reason, your essentials will. It’s also wise to throw some of those irreplaceable items like jewelry into your essentials box and take it with you personally. You should have trustworthy movers with a great track record, but things happen, and if they do it’s best to have those things you can’t replace with you.
One step that you really shouldn’t ignore is to make a complete inventory list of everything that’s coming with you. To simplify the process, list every box that you’ve packed and then under the box, all of its contents. You can use a numbering system or any other kind of system that works for you. Bring the inventory list with you to the new place on moving day, then if you’re short some items, you can quickly tell if you’re missing entire boxes or just the odd item. If you start early enough and don’t try to skip over any important steps, you should be able to handle both the business side and the physical side of your move without any trouble at all.