As you search for the perfect home, it’s a good idea to start thinking about packing and moving. It may not be walk in the park , but the more you plan, the smoother it will go.
Before the move (approximately two months before):
- Sort and purge. Go through every room of your house and choose what you’d like to keep, store, donate or throw away.
- Make a list of moving options. Are you renting a truck? Are you using a moving company? Or a moving pod? Make sure you get an on-site estimate in order to get a better idea of how much it’ll cost. Investigate potential movers, using the Better Business Bureau and the U.S. Department of Transportation, to make sure they’re a Legitimate company.
- Store important move-related documents. Use a binder or folder to keep keep track of receipts, estimates and checklists.
- Research schools and day care options, if needed. Taking time to research schools and involving your kids in the move will make them feel like they’re part of the whole process, and may even help them get excited about it. Try to visit schools before you move and bring your children so they’re as involved as possible.
- Get moving supplies. Stock up on the boxes, bubble wrap, tape, markers, plastic storage bags, etc.
Packing for the move:
- Separate valuable items. Keep valuable items separate from the rest so that you can determine whether you feel comfortable packing them in boxes or taking them with you.
- Pack your suitcase first. This will ensure that you have what you need in your suitcase, readily available and not packed in a box.
- Label one box per room to be opened first. For instance, if you have kids, you can pack things that would make them feel at home at their new place, such as their favorite bedding or toys.
- Set unpacking goals. Set a goal of unpacking a certain number of boxes per day and stick to it!
- Prioritize rooms. Unpack the rooms that you’ll use the most, such as your kitchen and bathrooms.