There’s a lot of fun and frustration involved in finding a new home. You have to look at a lot of ugly ducklings before you find your swan. But when you do find your dream home, your forever home, there’s almost no better feeling in the world. Of course, your trials aren’t over quite yet. You still have to pack up all of your stuff and move it to your new abode, and if you’ve been in the same place for a while, chances are you’ve accumulated more stuff than you’re keen to transport. Luckily, you’re not reinventing the wheel. And you can learn a few lessons from those who have streamlined the process of making a major move. Here are a few tips and tricks that will have you properly packed for your home move in no time.
The real trick to making your packing and moving experience easier is organization, and you’ll want to start by creating a game plan that gives you plenty of time to get it all done without stressing out or waiting until the last minute. You can begin with a cleaning schedule. Yes, you heard right. If you’re leaving a lease, you’ll certainly want your deposit back. And if you’re selling a house, you want to appeal to new buyers. So set up a schedule that allows you to work on one or two rooms each weekend until the move. You’ll want to remove everything (yes, everything!) from the room you’re working on. Then deep clean the room, patch holes if necessary, and consider repainting or adding new flooring while the room is empty.
As for your stuff, return only enough furniture and accessories to stage the room (if you’re selling). The rest of your items can be separated into three categories: trash, yard sale, and the stuff you want to keep. The yard sale items could fetch you some cash for the move and cut down on the amount of items you have to schlep to a new home (anything left over can be donated). And now we come to actually starting to pack up your household.
Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure you have enough boxes and packing materials to get the job done. And as you go, it’s a good idea to keep track of what goes into each box. The good news is that you no longer have to rely on paper and pen for this task when moving to a new home. There’s an app for everything! With a handy mobile application like Moving Day or uPackingList you can create an inventory of items and boxes so that you know exactly where all your stuff is, making it easier to check your list when loading, unloading, and unpacking boxes.
And with the My Move app you can even find reputable moving companies like Vitesse Moving & Transfer, Inc. in your area to make the job easier. With a bit of planning, organization, and a few good apps on your smartphone, there’s no reason moving to a new home has to be a hassle. You can reduce the stresses of packing and moving with just a few simple tips and tools to guide you through the process.