Moving into your brand new home is one of the happiest, most exciting moments of your life. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most stressful. The perils and pitfalls of packing up your possessions and safely moving them to another location — whether around the corner or across state lines — can turn this momentous occasion into a nightmare.
As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have helped many clients over the years not just find the home of their dreams, but smoothly move into it as well. There are several important steps to take to ensure a successful move, such as these suggestions from Mayflower Transit:
- Have the right supplies – Gather up cartons, bubble wrap, packing tape and newspapers before you pack your first box. That includes marking pens, so you can label each box with its contents and intended location in your new home.
- Get a head start – The sooner you begin, the more stress-free you will be. Aim to fill and mark at least two or three boxes each day. While you are packing is the best time to de-clutter. Throw out or give away items you will likely not want in your new home.
- Pack your own valuables – As you pack, set aside valuables or irreplaceable items such as jewelry, heirlooms or pieces of artwork that you’d feel more comfortable moving yourself. This should include important paperwork and photos.
- Notify important contacts – Make a list of utilities at both locations that need to be notified of your moving date. Check off each as you make arrangements for shut-off and turn-on dates. List and contact creditors, Internet providers, and anyone else who will need your new address, including magazine and book or movie subscriptions. Don’t forget to file your change of address with the post office at least a week before you move.
- Prescriptions and pets – Be sure you have enough prescription medications to see you through your moving period – and be sure to transfer existing prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new area. If you have pets, make plans well ahead of time as to where to keep them during the move – and how you’ll transport them to your new home.