5 Tips That Will Make Your Move Successful
Friday, 26 February 2021

In a perfect world, all of our belongings would magically appear in our new home when we moved in. Unfortunately for us, the world isn’t that perfect. You can however make your moving experience smoother, and more successful, by following these five tips.

Reduce Your Belongings

 
Moving is the perfect time to purge items you no longer need. You’re more likely to let go of the second waffle maker if the alternative is having to pack it. Spend some time a week or two before your move going through items. Common items people let go of before a move include:
  • Clothing and shoes. You can donate them, or sell them on clothing resale apps.
  • Toys your kids no longer play with.
  • Hobby equipment that is no longer used.
  • Excess kitchen items.
  • Unread books and unwatched movies.
Letting go of stuff you don’t need will lighten the load on moving day.
 

Move Large Items First

 
  • Take items like couches, beds, tables, and desks to your new home first.
  • Decide where these items are going. Where you place your larger pieces will determine where everything else goes, so decide on a spot for them first.
  • Getting furniture in place first also means you’ll have a place to relax during the process. Being able to take a break on your couch or a nap in your bed is priceless.
 
When you have oddly shaped, oversized items you might want to skip the moving van and move in a flatbed truck instead. Some items won’t fit in a standard van. Plus, moving them over yourself means you won’t have to wait on movers to arrive.
 

Make A List

 
Moving can be stressful, and it’s easy to forget something important. Make a moving checklist and mark items off as you go. Here are some important items to remember.
  • Let your work know if you’re going to miss days.
  • If you have kids and they’re changing schools, request their transcripts in advance.
  • Label your moving boxes. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself opening every box at 3 AM to find a cereal bowl.
  • Take photos of electronics while they’re still plugged into everything so you can quickly reconnect them when they’re in their new spot.
  • Take pictures of your current place when it’s empty so you have proof it was ready for new renters/buyers.
  • Make sure your closets, attic, basement, cabinets, sheds, and any other easily overlooked spaces are completely empty.
  • Do a final walk-through before you lock up.
Your list will help keep you organized before and after your move.
 

Clean

 
  • Deep clean the home you’re moving out of once it’s empty to avoid any fees, lost deposits, or complaints from buyers if you’ve sold the place.
  • Deep clean the home you’re moving into. In theory, when you buy or rent a new place it should be clean when you move in. However, that’s not always the case, so it doesn’t hurt to vacuum, wipe down surfaces, and clean the bathrooms before you bring in your things.
  • Clean objects as you pack them. You’re taking everything out of the cabinets and off the shelves anyway, so go ahead and give it a thorough cleaning.
You’ll feel better settling into your new home when you know it’s dirt and germ-free.
 

Get Settled

 
You’re all finished moving, and now it’s time to get settled in your new house. There are a few things you can do after the move to help yourself adjust and feel at home.
  • Get your address changed on forms and IDs.
  • Restart your normal routine as soon as you can.
  • Go exploring and see what surrounds your new house. Find a new favorite coffee shop or restaurant.
  • Walk or bike around the neighborhood.
  • Decorate the house in a style that makes you feel at ease.
 
Following these five tips will keep you organized, reduce your stress, and help make your move a successful one.
 
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