Within the last year, 9.8 percent of Americans moved houses. For many individuals and families, those moves may have been a first in their books.
If you’re getting ready to move to a new home for the first time in your life, the process can seem very intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be.
With this moving checklist, you’ll know the 10 best tips for getting ready to move. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing in your new home in no time!
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The first tip is to change your address at the post office before you start the moving process.
Getting this out of the way is helpful for several reasons that people can easily forget about.
Your ultimate destination is your new house, so that’s where you want your mail to go. You also will be spending more time there while moving, and by doing this in advance you won’t forget about it later.
Plan with Time
The next tip is to plan with time in mind. That means considering your schedule long before you plan on truly living and being in your new house.
Try planning even 8 weeks out beginning with whenever you sign the papers and close on your new home. You can split this time period up into whatever works best for you, whether that be week by week, biweekly, or two chunks of four weeks.
Create a List
This tip may seem obvious, but it’s something that people forget a lot of the time.
Creating a list of everything you need to accomplish (especially side by side with tip number 2) will really keep you on top of your game. A lot of the time, people think that they can remember everything they need to do without needing to write it down, but that isn’t always completely feasible, especially when it comes to moving.
Not to mention how good it feels to cross something off of a physical list!
Use a Planner
Planners are your best friend when it comes to moving.
You can get planning sheets online to organize exactly when you want to do something specific and keep it all in one place. You also can use a planner for your everyday life after your move if you get one that covers a period of time longer than your move.
A planner gets a good amount of the work done for you by already having the weeks set up and giving you space to write out what you want to accomplish and how you want to do it.
Another tip is to calculate the cost of your move. This will help you get an idea of what your moving budget should look like and how you can get different things done by saving money.
For example, there are tons of ways to save money on packing materials for moving. Factoring in the money you would have saved for those materials can be used for other more important parts of your move.
Other more important parts of your move include the decision to use movers. Some people do and some people don’t, it all depends on preference.
Movers know how to get you from one place to the other, and some will take care of packing your things for you to make your move as easy as possible. Others like to keep track of all their things personally and rely on family and friends to help.
One thing’s for sure, you should make an effort to give gifts to the people that help you whether it be cash or a night out at a nice restaurant! That should factor into your budget, too.
Knowing the layout of each room in your house will help your move happen efficiently. Of course, you don’t need to know exactly where things will go, just a general idea of how you want each space to look.
Then you can move certain boxes to the appropriate places and unpack and set up each room easily. Everything will be at your disposal!
Sort and Sort
One of the things you should take care of before you move is properly sorting all of your items.
Which ones can go right into storage when you get to the house, which ones will you unpack, and what exactly do you need to bring to your new home? Sorting is also one of those tedious things that people tend to overlook, but it makes the biggest difference when you actually get to moving!
A simple tip is to take breaks during the moving process. Moving is a whole ordeal, so it’s important to give yourself limits.
If you spend an entire day moving, take the next day off. If you need to do a move in a short amount of time for one reason or the other, remember to give yourself an hour or two in between intense work to eat, rest, and drink water.
You need to use your energy wisely for big events like moving, which means you should remember to recharge every now and then.
Out with the Old
The final tip is to get rid of things that you don’t need!
In the sorting process, you should always have a trash bin present so you can really ask yourself if you need a certain item in your new house. This goes for the moving process as well.
You don’t need to toss everything either. There’s usefulness in donating items for a tax reduction, as well as just giving them to friends that might benefit from them instead!
Online recycling companies are a great way to make some extra cash to put towards any moving expenses, selling old iPads, smartphones, and other electronics no longer used.
Getting Ready to Move like a Pro
Now you have 10 tips under your belt to use when getting ready to move.
A lot of these will help you stay consistent, organized, and on top of your game. Using each of these will help you get through moving easy and stress-free, so good luck!
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