You’ve bought a new home that you’re in love with and now it’s time to get to packing and moving. Whether you’re moving across the street or across town, the packing is the same – and can sometimes seem really daunting! We’re here to give you a few tips and tricks for before you start packing and before the moving truck comes.
- Declutter, Purge, Donate – and then do it all over again!
The less you have to pack, the faster and less frustrating the process will be. So, before you even start packing, go through every room and storage space in your home with an eye toward the Keep, Donate, Recycle, Sell piles we hear so much about. Be strategic and fierce about this process. If you have not used or worn it in a year, give serious consideration to selling it (if it’s still useable or fashionable), donating it or recycling it.
- Start a Moving Folder
Start a folder that has a detailed and expandable To-Do list on the cover and fill the file with things like moving contracts and rental agreements.
- Start Packing Early
You will likely have chosen a date range for your mortgage closing when you made your purchase offer – so you’ll have an idea of when you’re going to move. Start your packing sooner rather than later. Packing your off-season items and things you won’t necessarily miss for the next few weeks is a great place to start! If it’s summer, pack the winter clothes and sporting goods. If you have a lot of books, start getting them into boxes. And, don’t forget to label the boxes you’re packing with the room the box should end up in and the general contents of the box.
- Book Everything Early
If you’ve agreed to make repairs for the new owner, or if you’re contracting with painters to get a few rooms in your new home painted before you get there, book the services early to get it off your mind and your list! If you’re using a moving service to get you from point A to point B, book that early too! The moving company will most likely need to come to your current home to give you a quote – the earlier you can do this, the better prepared you will be!
- Invest in Moving Equipment
If you’re not using a moving company, make sure you’ve got all the things you need for moving day on hand beforehand. Here’s the start of a list for you to think about:
- A ramp to make getting your boxes and furniture easier to get in and out of the borrowed truck
- A furniture dolly – make moving heavy furniture so much easier!
- Furniture pads to make sure nothing gets scratched during the actual move
- Tie-down straps or ropes to secure items in the truck bed
- Maybe the Most Important One….
The phone number of the nearest pizza place so you can treat your helpers to a good lunch or dinner – or both! Don’t forget water – hydration is important!
If you have any other ideas or shortcuts that have made your moves easier, drop them in the comments below! We’d love to hear – and use – them!