Moving is a big deal. For some homeowners, it causes a fair amount of stress. But it doesn't have to be that way. A little bit of preparation can eliminate a lot of stress and worry. Here are seven questions that you’ll want to answer before the moving van shows up to haul your possessions to your new home.
- Who is going to move my stuff? Plan ahead so that you’re not stuck making a quick decision. Trusting someone with your valuable possessions is no small deal. Get a couple of bids and insist on an on-site estimate. Reliable movers want to make sure what they’re dealing with and you’ll want to make sure whoever moves you knows exactly how you want special items handled.
- What do we really want to take? If you’ve been in your house for a while you will have accumulated a lot of “stuff.” Not everything has to move. This is an optimal time to de-clutter. Why pay to move things you haven’t used and probably won’t use again.
- How am I going to keep track of everything? Create a moving folder where you can keep all pertinent information: quotes, receipts, records, questions, etc. One key piece of information is an inventory of all your items. Also, take photos of special items before they are packed in case you need them for insurance purposes.
- What about the refrigerator and freezer? A couple of weeks before your move date start thinning out the items in your freezer and refrigerator. They don’t have to be totally empty, but you probably don’t want to put more stuff in coolers than necessary. You’ll want to defrost both appliances a day or two before the move.
- How will people find me after I move? Make sure you’ve filled out change-of-address forms at the Post Office. You’ll also want to notify banks and medical offices of your new address.
- What are the first things I’ll want when I unpack? Even if you or your movers pack well and label everything clearly, there are some essential items you’ll want before you unpack anything else. Consider packing an “Essentials Box” with certain kitchen items, and bed-and-bath items (including things such as medications).
- Is our new home ready for us? Unless the home you're moving into is brand new and is absolutely everything you want it to be, doing some remodeling, upgrading or fixing will never be easier. There's no better time to remodel the kitchen than when nobody is trying to use it. The same is true if you want to re-do the bathroom. It’s faster for the remodeler and less stressful for you if you can arrange remodeling projects during the “in-between” time before moving in. Even if you just need repairs and general fix-up help before you move in, check out our handyman services. You can even schedule a free consultation to identify which projects make sense.
Moving doesn’t have to be stressful if you ask some key questions that will prepare you before it’s time to load up the truck.