It’s finally happened, you have finally signed on the dotted line for your new mortgage. Congrats! Now onto the stress of moving everything you own from one place to another. Thankfully there are a few tips anyone can follow to make their move go super smooth. Here are 9 tips everyone should follow to make their move easy as pie.
Tip #1- Declutter Your Home
There is nothing more counterproductive than to move items that are no longer useful or in bad condition. Take a few days and take some time to go through every room, closet, and drawer. Create three piles for each room, what to keep, what to give away and what to trash. If you come across something you have not used or worn in over a year, either give it away or trash it. Conducting this massive home purge will ensure that you are not simply moving old junk to take up space in your new home. Added bonus: fewer boxes to move!
Tip #2- Pack Items Room By Room
We recommend packing up the house room by room. This will ensure that everything stays where they belong and makes the unpacking process much easier.
Tip #3- Schedule a free donation pickup.
Once you have determined what items are you donated it is time to give the Salvation Army a call. They will arrange for a truck to come by your home and pick up all your donations.
Tip #4- Research Professional Moving Companies.
Before you hire a professional moving company, do your due diligence. Take the time to read a few reviews online and ask for some referrals. Double check that the movers have insurance and asked them about their policy on property damage. Also, be sure to get a written estimate before agreeing to hire them on.
Tip #5- Pack Items In Their Original Boxes If Possible.
If you are one of the few homeowners who actually kept all their boxes to their electronics and other appliances, now is the time to utilize them. Using the original boxes will guarantee that the items will be secured and safe for transit.
Tip #6- Grab Extra Packing & Moving Supplies
You can never have too much moving and packing supplies. Avoid having to make multiple trips to the store and collect as many moving materials as you can.
Tip #7- Schedule Utility Transfers.
Now is the time to call your local utility and cable company to schedule a transfer of services to your new home. The last thing you want to do is move into your new home and have a prolonged interruption of services.
Tip #8- Take Pictures Of Furniture & Expensive Items
In order to make the moving process easier, many movers will insist on dismantling big pieces of furniture. Before you disassemble anything, take pictures so you have a reference of what assemble piece really looks like. We also recommend taking pictures of any fragile or expensive items before you pack them away. This will provide a reference that the item was not damaged prior to the move.
Tip #9- Pick the right moving day.
If you have a flexible schedule, play around with potential moving dates and try to find the cheapest time of month to make an appointment. Moving companies are busiest on weekends, so if you can skip the Saturday chaos and schedule your move for a Tuesday, you might get a significant discount.