Moving can be overwhelming. The key to making this process just a bit easier is preparation and planning. At Holland Homes Sales, we have plenty of knowledge of the moving process and want to share some simple tips to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
Everything begins with careful preparation. Learning how to properly put yourself in the best position for moving day can make all the difference. Here are some tips on how to get ready:
Create a moving checklist and budget
A great first step when starting the moving process is to create a moving checklist. This checklist will allow you to envision a rough timeline and is invaluable when it comes to staying on task. If you are worried about the overwhelming nature of moving, this checklist will be a lifesaver.
Next, it is time to create a realistic moving budget. This is a vital step in the moving process. Most people have a tendency to underestimate the cost of moving which will only add to the stress. Taking time to plan for unexpected or hidden costs can drastically improve your overall moving experience.
Book moving services early
If you are planning on hiring a moving service, renting supplies, or having other providers such as painters or cleaners to work on your house before you leave, it is important to book far in advance. Waiting to do so could mean having to pay a higher price or not being able to get a truck or movers at all.
If you are not sure where to look when it comes to hiring professional movers, using moving.com can be a great place to start your search. These movers have already been vetted for quality and reliability. However, always remember to never hire the first company that you interview. Instead, try to obtain at least three quotes from three different companies so that you can accurately compare prices and services.
Find free moving boxes at recycling drop-off points
The price of moving boxes can add up quickly. To avoid spending a fortune on moving, look for free moving boxes at your local recycling drop-off points. Some other places to find cheap or free boxes are: ">Craigslist, Nextdoor.com, Freecycle, book stores, liquor stores, offices, and U-Haul Box Exchange.
Now that you have prepared yourself for your move, it is time to pack. Below we have included some helpful suggestions that you should take into account while packing:
Pack as far in advance as possible
Ideally, you will be aware that you are moving weeks or even months in advance. Take advantage of this time to start packing off-season items or anything that you will not miss until after your move. When it is time to finally pack everything up, there will be fewer things to do and therefore less stress about getting everything packed in time.
During this stage you will also be able to get a better idea of just how many packing supplies you actually need to successfully and safely pack all of your items. A great tool for these calculations is moving.com’s packing calculator. This calculator will allow you to input variables such as the number of rooms in your home to decide the amount of packing supplies that you will realistically need.
Do not overpack a moving box
Many people will attempt to pack all of their items into as few boxes as possible. This is a mistake for a couple of reasons. First, these boxes will be far too heavy and difficult to move in and out of the truck. Also, they will most likely be unbalanced and have a higher potential of items breaking inside. To be safe, try to keep your largest boxes to under 50 pounds.
Making sure you use the right size boxes is another important aspect of moving. Using smaller boxes for heavier items like books and larger boxes for lighter items like linens will ensure that you not only have an easier time packing but also create less of a chance for anything to break.
Now it is time to move into your new home, this process of unpacking can be daunting but taking it one step at a time is all it takes to keep everything under control. Here are some suggestions on the best ways to tackle this endeavor:
Start with the kitchen
The kitchen is typically the most complicated and time consuming room to unpack. The longer you wait to start the more you will be stressed to begin. Getting it done first will allow you to gain a sense of accomplishment right away. This will help you focus on the easier-to-unpack rooms.
According to New Home Source, “by unpacking the kitchen first, you have a natural gathering space and a place to rest and recharge and you won’t be forced to live on carryout for days on end as you struggle to find all of your kitchen supplies.”
Give yourself a deadline
Unfortunately, there is no real timeline for when your unpacking will end. If you do not set a deadline for certain rooms to be completed, you may find yourself procrastinating and never turning your new house into a home. Scheduling a housewarming party or a casual get together for a couple of weeks after your move can force you to start unpacking while still giving you time to get everything done.
Moving hacks are all about making things a little easier for you. Following some simple tips like these may make your move a little smoother than you anticipated. At Holland Homes Sales, we not only want to help you find the home of your dreams but also assist you along every step in order to avoid potential moving nightmares. We hope that these tips will be useful to you as you plan your move. If you would like to speak to us to learn more, please contact us today!