Here are 5 tips to make moving a little less awful:
Start Sooner Than You Think
Everyone knows packing takes time, but packing takes even more time than that. Plan accordingly. Start packing all nonessentials a month or two before moving day, depending on the size of your home. Start with extra towels, the kids least favorite toys and the linen closets, leaving behind only the essentials. Starting early means you can work slowly and avoid the last minute rush.
Make unpacking easier by labeling your boxes well. Instead of sticking the much loved method of writing in sharpie on your boxes, try printing up some fill in the blank labels to stick on every box. Include a space for the room, a summary of the contents and any other pertinent information. If all the boxes are labeled well and follow a system, your unpacking will be much easier.
Arrange for Charity Pick Up
Moving always results in the discovery of a lot of unimportant things, things you don’t need anymore. It’s easiest to not move what you don’t need. As you begin packing keep things organized as trash, give away, and keep. Arrange for a pick up from a charity shop to save yourself the hassle of packing and delivering it all yourself. Schedule the pick up for a few days before moving day the get rid of everything at once.
Schedule Utility Switches Early
Add to your to-do list to cancel all your utilities. Most companies allow you to schedule a switch off time. While you’re on the phone with them, arrange for transfers to your new home so there aren’t any lapses in service. Your title company will handle everything related to water. If you have possession of your new home before the move in date, arrange for cable and other utilities to be installed them, you wouldn’t want to get to your new home and have no wifi.
Pack Each Family Member an Overnight Bag
Moving gets tricky when you get down the wire. How do you pack the things you need to use every day? Grab a suitcase of weekend bag and pack for each family member like you’re going on vacation. Include a few changes of clothes, toiletries and other daily essentials. This way there won’t be any wondering what happened to the toothbrushes. You’ll be able to get changed and ready the day after moving without having to unpack everything.
Good luck on the move! If you need any professional services, remember to reach out to your agent for recommendations.