Moving into a new home can be an extremely stressful time. Finding the right house, price point, and location is daunting work in itself. The added stress of packing up your life at one place and moving it to another can be incredibly overwhelming. Since I have so much experience in moving from one place to another, I’ve put together a few tips that will help you as you transition from your current home to the new one.
The first tip for moving into a new home is to do a complete walkthrough of said home. There is no better time to search for undisclosed issues or problems with the house than when it is completely empty. So before you begin to move all your stuff in, make sure that you have gone through and checked all parts of the house. It might be helpful in seeing if all the agreed-upon renovations and repairs have been made by the previous owner or landlord before moving all your furniture and other belongings into the home.
Another tip might be more valuable before you have moved all your belongings out of your current home. By this, I mean: make sure to keep your stuff organized as you pack. Many people end up losing valuable and loved possessions as they transition into a new home because they did not keep their belongings organized. Label all shipping boxes or containers that are filled with your items, and make sure you know what is going where. The last thing you’d want is to find out that not all of your stuff made it to the new home. When I was younger, I remember moving with my parents and siblings to a new home across the country from our current one. After everything was said and done, it turns out that we had forgotten a few boxes of things in our old home and had to pay friends and family in the area to ship them over to us via UPS. This was not a fun experience and made for a more complicated moving process. Don’t be like my family or me; stay organized instead.
There are many questions to ask yourself when moving homes and many decisions to be made after the house is bought. To start, it’s important to identify if you are going to hire professional packers or are planning to do it yourself. In addition, you can save money if you are careful and intentional with how you pack your belongings. Use shipping boxes that are of an appropriate size to fit the proportions of their contents and try not to waste space. Also, make use of packing supplies like bubble wrap to ensure proper cushioning for your fragile items. Knowing your moving budget is helpful in identifying where you are going to be spending your money and which things would be more cost-effective for you to do it yourself.
Packing your items in a specific order is also helpful. By packing things that are already in storage, like off-season clothing items or books, you can start packing much earlier and get ready to move before you start to pack your everyday things like kitchen appliances and such. It is also possible to ship your car if you don’t have enough driving hands to bring it along with the other moving vans or trucks.