Relocating is both an exciting, yet stressful time, especially if it’s your first significant move.
You have the opportunity to live in a new space of your choice, but you need to endure the challenging planning process as well as the packing and unpacking process first.
For those making a significant move for the first time, it is especially overwhelming. There are so many details involved in a move. From proper organization to hiring the right movers, there’s a lot to do.
If you’re new to moving, keep reading to learn more.
Get Moving Quotes
Once your moving date is secured, start collecting estimates from moving companies. The best way is through a virtual survey.
Just as the name indicates, it allows you to get your move quoted, virtually, from the comfort of your home. Use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to show the moving company what you need to have moved, and they will provide you with a quote.
Organize With a Moving Folder
Advanced planning and organization will help your efforts for a smooth move. Keep all move-related documents in one easily accessible spot. Use a folder or notebook to keep track of important phone numbers and documents. Keep things like maps and information about your new area, estimates and bids, moving budget, utility transfer details, and any other information you need in your organizer.
Eliminate Things You Don’t Want or Need
Many first-time homebuyers own a variety of pieced-together, unmatching furniture and home décor that they’ve used in their apartment or college living space. Envision where your current belongings will go in your new home. Determine if you will use these in your new home.
If you don’t plan on using them, it’s a smart decision to get rid of them before the move. Consider donating what you don’t need or want. Or try selling or giving away the items online through sites like letgo or OfferUp.
Hold-off on Large Items
When moving, “less is more” is an excellent rule to follow.
If possible, delay major appliance and furniture purchases until after your move. This will reduce the number of heavy items you need to move. If your move involves a professional moving company, the cost of your move could be based on the weight of your shipment.
If you need to shop ahead of time, check if the retailer will hold your items, then have them delivered to your new home after you’ve moved in.
Reach Out for Help
It’s one thing to be independent, and it is another to decline the help that you need during a move. Ask your friends and family for help. It might be helping you pack your boxes or watching your kids or animals on moving day, friends and family can really help lighten your load.
Moving is a challenging process, especially for those who don’t have much experience with it. Starting earlier and staying organized is the key to a successful move.
To learn more about moving and hiring professionals to make the process easier, contact us.