Moving Tips For New Homeowners
Moving is one of the most stressful experiences that we can go through in our lives. It's expensive, time-consuming, and exhausting. But there are ways to make it easier on yourself. Whether you're moving across town or across the country, here are some tips for surviving your next move.
When you plan ahead, you can avoid running out of time, money, and energy. It's also a good idea to plan ahead to avoid running out of patience as well.
If you don't plan, your move might take longer than expected. This will happen if your moving company is late or they are working on another job while they are supposed to be working on yours (which can happen if the company is overbooked).
Create A Spreadsheet With Your Inventory Of Items
It's the perfect way to track what needs to be moved and where it should go in the new home. Once you've created this helpful resource, ensure everyone has access to it, so they know where things are going and how many boxes/bags/etc. are needed.
You could use a physical spreadsheet, Google Docs (or any other document-sharing platform). However, if we were going back in time for one last move, I would definitely choose the latter due to its ability to share with others who may not have access through Dropbox or another service.
Create A "Moving Day" Box With Everything You Need Right Away
The first item on your list should be the box of stuff you'll need to settle immediately. It should contain a flashlight, a hammer, and screwdriver, a first aid kit, a spare phone charger (or two), an extra set of clothes—or better yet: pajamas!—and a few snacks and bottles of water.
Also, make sure to include copies of your insurance documents (homeowners or renter's insurance) in case anything happens during the move that could jeopardize it, prescriptions for any medications you take regularly, and any other important paperwork or items that you don't want to forget about during those chaotic days following your move.
Buy Moving Supplies Early, So You Can Make Sure Nothing Is Forgotten
Buying moving supplies early is an important step in the process of moving. You can ensure you have everything you need and avoid being stuck without something when the time comes. The following are some of the things that you should buy early:
- Moving boxes and packing materials
- A moving truck or van
- A hand truck (also known as a dolly)
- Tape gun with extra tape
- Marker or pen to label boxes
Declutter And Clean
You will be surprised by how much stuff you have. It is tempting to bring everything with you when you move into your new place, but there are some things that are just taking up valuable space.
Get rid of items you don't need. Don't keep it around if it's not something that brings value or enjoyment to your life. This can include old clothes, books and magazines that aren't interesting anymore, unused kitchenware, extra furniture, and decor items (e.g., picture frames).
Get rid of items that don't fit in your new home's layout or style scheme. Why would you want it there if the item doesn't match the rest of your apartment or house? It might be nice for a while, but eventually, its presence will become distracting rather than enhancing—and eventually even annoying. You might not like every piece of furniture and decor in your new place at first, but this doesn’t mean they're bad; sometimes, they need a little change before they start feeling like part of the family!
We hope these tips help you feel prepared for the big move. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do it—and if you’re like us and have been through the process before, we know how stressful it can be! But with a little planning and patience, your new home will surely be everything you hoped for.
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