The day has finally arrived! You are moving out of the dumpy house you’ve settled with for the last few years and are now moving into your dream home we just found! Yes, you may be ecstatic to move into your new home, but you are also dreading the moving day because of all that goes into the process. Not only do you need to find a truck to move all the stuff you didn’t realize you had, (am I the only one that realized I was a hoarder when I started packing?) but you also have to buy all the boxes, packing tape, sharpies and who-knows-what-else. During this stressful, yet exciting time, I’ve put together an easy list of 7 things to keep in mind on your big moving day!
1. Find a moving truck ahead of time, or if you’re just moving to the next neighborhood, maybe bribe a friend who has a truck and trailer and take your stuff over in stages. It seems like an obvious thing, making sure you have a truck/trailer before moving day, but with all the stress and things that come with moving, some important things are easily forgotten. Find a company you trust and make sure to be specific on when and where they’re to be on moving day. Side note: if possible move on a weekday. Moving trucks will be cheaper and easier to schedule than if you move on a weekend (supply and demand).
2. Label your boxes with the room they belong in and a brief description of what’s in it. Then have them ready and easy to grab and take out the door. To avoid having to go around your new house opening boxes to find that set of sheets when you’re ready for bed, write in big letters on the box “MASTER BEDROOM” and “BEDDING,” or something along these lines. (Make sure those helping you move know which room is which.) This way, those that are carrying everything into the house don’t put your kitchen plates in the laundry room or your bathroom supplies in the kitchen. This will also help give you a little piece of mind as you won’t have to tell everyone where to put things or keep track of all the boxes and items coming in.
3. Saran wrap you dresser/drawers. Nothing is more annoying than having them bang open and closed while you’re trying to gently carry it out to the moving truck or having to take out all the drawers from your dresser. Simply get some saran wrap (which is pretty cheap) and wrap it around the furniture a few times. Not only will it not pull off any paint like tape would, but it will be easy to put on and remove, all while keeping those drawers in place.
4. Have all your boxes easily accessible and ready to go moving day. Moving day is already stressful enough. Last thing you want is to try to find everything and pack it, all while people are moving your furniture. Things will get lost or broken this way. Make sure everything is packed and ready to go morning of. You want it to be seamless. The more organized, the quicker and easier the moving process.
5. Do a final sweep of every nook and cranny of the house to make sure you’re not forgetting anything. Although doing things ahead of time, like having everything ready to go and organized (see last week’s blog) helps keep things from being lost or left, it’s a good idea to do a final check through the entire house to make sure nothing is getting left behind. Maybe you accidentally hung up your favorite coat the day before (out of habit) instead of putting it in that box. A final run through is ALWAYS a good idea.
6. Unpack a little as you go – if circumstances permit. If you’re moving from out of state or you’re doing much of the moving yourself, this may not be an option, but if you can, unpacking the boxes as they come in is incredibly helpful and will make your life so much easier! Maybe start to put dishes in the cupboards or your clothes in your nice, new walk-in closet as the movers bring boxes into your house. Again, this is where those nicely labeled boxes can come in handy. Can you imagine how nice it would be to go to bed that night and already have the sheets, comforter and pillows on your bed? After an exhausting moving day, I’m sure you’ll be grateful.
7. Everything is moved in, the boxes are all in their respective rooms, and everyone has gone home. Be sure to sit down on your couch (that has been properly placed in the family room) and take a deep breath. Relax and take it all in! Moving day is over and you can now start your life in your dream home!
If you’ve found your dream home and are getting ready for moving day, take these tips into consideration and eliminate some stress. If you haven’t found your dream home, but you’re ready to start looking, give me a call! 480-415-5233 You’re home is out there, we’ll find it!
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