Purchasing a new home can be one of the most exciting processes, but most people overlook how stressful the actual moving part can be. As your Realtor, I am happy to work with you on not only finding your dream home, but with ensuring your move is as effortless as possible. Planning and executing the move into your new home can be more complicated than simply labeling your boxes, however, here are our top 5 tips and tricks to ease the stress of the situation. Start assembling your boxes and read along for 5 helpful tips that I know that will help create a more enjoyable moving experience for you.
Location, location, location
If you are renting a large utility truck or trailer to make your move, how you load up your belongings can make or break the deal when it comes time to unpack into your new home. Utilizing the space in your truck may seem like trying to solve a giant Rubiks Cube, but it is actually easier than you might think. If you have larger items such as dressers or desks, it is a good idea to pack these towards the back of the trailer or truck in order to even out weight distribution over the axles. These will also be the items that you will not need right way while unpacking. It is also a good idea to load your mattress where it is easily accessible. Moving can be exhausting, and you might arrive at your new home and simply not have enough time or energy to unload immediately, but since your mattress is easily accessible you will at least have a place to sleep for the first night. I also recommend packing your clothes or an overnight bag towards the back of the truck or trailer, where they are also easily accessible for those first few nights. This way you do not have to worry about sorting through box after box trying to find clean clothes! Also, while loading your boxes, try to sort by similar size and shape and use them to create a platform for odd shaped items to sit on top of.
Over the years it can be easy to accumulate more and more belongings, and often times we do not take the time to actually go through all of it and get rid of items we no longer need or use. Once you have purchased a new home, and it is time to get ready to move, I highly recommend taking some extra time as your packing to set stuff aside that you no longer want. If you have time, have a yard sale or list the items on Craigslist and you will quickly purge those unused items, while making a little bit of extra spending cash for your new location. Or simply take a few trips to your local thrift stores and literally feel the weight being lifted as you lessen the amount of stuff you are going to have to move. If you are having difficulty parting with some items, a good rule of thumb is to let it go if you haven’t used it in over a year.
Colors and Numbers Go a Long Way
When packing up your boxes, along with ensuring they are sturdy boxes and are taped tight enough- I recommend going a step above your normal Sharpie handwritten label. You can find multiple colors of duct tape at almost any hardware store, so pick up a few roles of your favorite and colors and designate them to specific areas of the house. Items that belong in the bathroom can be labeled with purple tape and kitchenware can be green, or vice versa. This is also a great idea if you have people helping you move since everyone’s handwriting is a little bit different. Let your helpers know ahead of time what colors designate which areas of the house. Another approach to keeping track of the content in your boxes is to number the boxes themselves. You can keep a comprehensive list of what is in each numbered box, and this can be extremely helpful that first morning when you are desperately searching for your coffeepot!
Utilize the Containers You Already Have
Instead of frantically searching all over your neighborhood for empty boxes or spending a fortune on them at the hardware store, take a step back and carefully examine the potential containers that you might already have in your current home. Suitcases and other luggage items are absolutely perfect for all of your clothing, and can also make unpacking a breeze. Then think outside of the box and use empty baskets, laundry hampers, suitcases and trashcans to pack up odds and ends. These containers might not be as sturdy as cardboard boxes, but still hold their own in the world of moving your belongings.
Easing Back into Your Electronics
One of the most frustrating things about moving is often unpacking your electronics and being unable to remember where everything plugs in or worse- not being able to find the remote to your TV! First of all, do yourself a favor for future moves and always save the boxes that your TV or other large electronics came in when you purchased them. This will ensure a safe transport for your electronics and ease the process tremendously. Another great tip is to save empty toilet paper rolls and coil up cords inside of them for packing purposes. You can write directly on the cardboard tube what the cord is and what it goes to. And for those of us that do not have the luxury of having a photographic brain, take a picture on your phone of what the electronics looked like all plugged in before you start to disassemble them. The last thing you want when unpacking is to fight with an octopus of cords and plugs, so keep them separated and labeled.
Applying these 5 tips to your moving process will not only help eliminate the stress of moving, but will also help continue the joy and satisfaction that comes with purchasing a new home. Buying a new home and moving into your new space is an exciting process, and I want to make sure you enjoy it all the way up until that last box is unpacked!