So you’ve sold your listed your home, you’ve bought a new home, and now and it’s time to move! The process of selling a home is overwhelming, as is purchasing a home, but moving can be just as stressful.
It’s an emotional process, leaving behind a home and going somewhere new, made no better by the fact that moving is hard!
It’s labor intensive, there’s packing and logistics to consider, and all of this comes on top of your existing responsibilities! It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the process. So here are a few professionals’ tips to making the moving process as streamlined as possible.
1. Start in Increments
When you begin packing up your life to move into a new place, organization is key. So begin by making a plan.
Pick something to start organizing. Kitchen utensils, clothing, a room or your decorations. Once you pick a category, make 4 different piles:
- Need right away
Make sure the things you will need right away are in an accessible, easy-to-reach box. As you pack, write a list of everything that you place in the box so that if you wind up looking for something later, you don’t have to worry about unwrapping all of your things to find that one item that will, no doubt, be buried at the very bottom.
2. Take Pictures
It’s impossible to remember everything you pack and what it looked like as you wrapped it up. Pictures are your best friend here. Particularly if you’re hiring movers, you want to know exactly what was packed and what it looked like. If you hire professional movers, you want to be able to say definitively whether or not damage happens at the hands of the movers.
Plus, it’ll make things easier for when you are trying to remember if you got rid of those vases that just gathered dust at the back of the cabinet or if you decided you wanted to start using them.
3. Empty out Drawers
Don’t plan to keep your smaller items in drawers. Drawers fall out of furniture and items get broken. Empty out drawers and pack your belongings carefully.
It’s also a good idea, if possible, to remove and wrap drawers from your furniture. You may be tipping or carrying your furniture to move it, and it would be a pain to damage the drawers in a piece of furniture because they fell out and hit the pavement, or worse, fell out and damaged the hardwood floors in your new home.
Eliminate the possibility by taking out the drawers and packing them separately.
4. Find the Right Packing Material
Bubble wrap, old (clean) socks, tissue paper, and old newspapers work. Make sure you take the time to pack carefully. You don’t want to open your boxes in your new home and find out that your wedding china is in pieces. Label delicate boxes, pack them carefully with plenty of material so that if they get bounced around, as much damage as possible can be avoided.
5. Pack in Order of Importance.
Essentials – medications, chargers, glasses, and important documents should be kept out until the day before you move. You don’t want to be in the midst of an emergency and have to search for the medication you need in an endless sea of boxes. Or, you know, looking for your spare set of glasses without your glasses.
6. Have Back-ups
If you only keep out as many things as you absolutely need, you might find yourself constantly having to go through boxes to find more of what you need. Pack what you can, but don’t only leave out exactly what you need and no more. You spill coffee on your only work outfit, things could get complicated. Keep extras within easy reach so you can still make it to work on time, even when disaster strikes.
7. Load the Big Stuff First
When the day comes to actually move, load up large items like beds, sofas, or tables first. Then take the smaller stuff in and stack it around the larger items. Reverse the process when you unload. This way you maximize the amount of space that you have to pack in the truck.
8. Pack Your Valuables Carefully
Valuables – things like jewelry, papers, and electronics – are probably things you’ll want to transport on your own. For jewelry, purchasing a travel case for your more expensive pieces will allow you to pack them in your suitcase or your personal bag as opposed to leaving them in a box.
If you do decide to pack them in a box, wrap them, pack them in tissue, and place them in a smaller box within a larger box. Don’t, under any circumstances, just toss your wrapped valuables into a larger box. If they get lost, it will be that much more difficult to find them, and if you’re unable to find them, you have no way of knowing if you lost them or if a mover may have taken them. You’ll want to know for sure where your valuables are and be able to find them whenever you want to.
Moving into your new home – one step at a time
Although moving is a difficult task, if you take the process one step at a time, you’ll get through it and will be able to enjoy your new home. Whether you decide to hire movers or go through the entire process yourself, these tips will help keep the process as smooth as possible and keep you calm, cool and collected until you’re settled into your new home.