Moving into a new home can be exciting. The exact move itself? Not so much. Moves can be physically demanding and stressful, and it only becomes worse the farther you move. This is why you have to be mentally prepared for the move and don’t leave anything to chance. Moving takes a lot of preparation, but if you have it down, you’ll be able to reduce some of the chaos it usually involves. Here are a few tips to make your move as smooth as possible.
Have a Clear Strategy
Ideally, you should start planning for your move at least 8 weeks prior. We know that might sound like a lot, but that will allow you to start building a budget, set a perfect date, and start looking for moving companies. This could also be a good time to start making an inventory of your possessions and gather your paperwork.
Also, this is the time to notify your school, start looking at address change procedures and measure your furniture.
Get Rid of the Clutter
The fewer things you have, the easier the move will be. So, try to find a way to get rid of as much stuff as you can. Even if you have to donate stuff you feel has a certain value, you’ll be able to save on your moving quote, and save yourself a few headaches as well. Goodwill and the Salvation Army are all great places to donate furniture, clothes, or non-perishables. Craigslist is a great way to unload some things you think you can sell and to advertise a garage sale.
Get to Packing
You will then need to start packing. By now, you should’ve collected boxes and have all the packing supplies. One thing you should do is create a “do not pack” list first. These will be essentials that you want to keep near and will help you transition to your new house smoothly.
You can get a leg up on your packing by packing stuff you can live without a few weeks prior, like artwork, photos, out of season clothes, and decorations. You could also pack up most of your kitchenware and only use the minimum.
Transitioning to your New House
One of the most important things when getting into your new house is being able to sleep. So, before you do anything, set up your bedroom first. Unpack the bed frame, mattresses, and basic blankets. This way, you know that you’ll be able to sleep well on your first night, even if you don’t have the time to get everything done.
Also, when you’re putting in blinds and drapes, put them in the bedrooms first. This will block sunlight from streaming in while protecting your privacy.
Moving doesn’t have to be a nightmare, and you can make the whole thing much more enjoyable if you’re well prepared. Make sure that you plan well in advance and have a say in every part of the process as well.