How to Prep Your Home for a Move
When it comes to moving, there will never, ever be enough time for everything. And there will be things you wish you’d done differently or had known about sooner. The best advice anyone can give is to prep early and make a detailed plan. Here are some tips to ensure you have a relatively simple transition to your new home.
The first and, arguably, most important step will be preparing for the move. It’s a good idea to write out a list of all the things you need to do, like going through each room specifically to look for items to throw away or donate, what day you will start packing the main bedroom, when you’ll cancel your cable, when you’ll find or buy packing boxes, and so on. Add to your list as you go, and don’t assume that because something is obvious, like buying boxes, that you’ll remember. If you write everything down, you can not only put a schedule together, but you can better plan that schedule and really see when you need to accomplish each goal before moving onto the next. Don’t forget to look for ways to save money, like getting boxes second-hand from grocery stores, Craigslist, or even your local coffee shop.
Even if you’re only moving down the street, it may be a good idea to hire movers. You won’t risk injury by moving large items on your own, and you won’t have to worry about renting and, more importantly, driving a large truck. Navigating huge vehicles can be harder than you expect, and you may need to purchase additional insurance because most policies (including the one on your credit card) do not cover moving vehicles. You also have to determine what size truck will be the best for your move, and it’s very easy to underestimate the amount of things you have. You will also likely be charged extra per mile that you drive, so have your route planned out precisely to not waste time and money. This is just another reason to consider hiring movers. Not only will they load the truck and move your goods, but you know exactly how much you’ll be spending with the comprehensive walk-through and estimate you’ll receive.
It’s important that you keep whatever essentials you will need at your new home separate from your other goods. You’ll need toiletries, some basic food and water, and enough clothes to last a few days. And don’t forget you’ll need kitchen gadgets to cook that food, a glass to drink water or a mug for coffee, sheets for your bed, pillows and blankets, and an emergency first aid kit, just to be on the safe side. You never know when you’ll need a fever reducer, pain reliever, or Band-Aid.
Make It Yours
One of the worst parts of moving is unpacking but also not feeling like you’re home. When you’ve moved, before you unpack and clutter up the space, make your new house or apartment your own. You can make the transition smoother by unpacking your closet first. Add some new paint or wallpaper and put up the artwork or wall pieces from your last home. If you have a particular scented candle you love, light it in your new home. Recreate anything that is familiar. It will help ease the transition into a new environment.
There can never be too much planning when it comes to moving, and getting extra help will make it easier. Whether you’ve hired packers or a moving company, or even just roped some friends into helping out, the more detailed your plan is, the better. It will be arduous, but at the end of the day, being in your new home will hopefully be worth all the stress.
Article by Guest Blogger Paul Denikin
Image courtesy of Pixabay