Everyone knows that moving is stressful. Anyone who has ever moved has asked themselves these questions: “Where do I start?” “What am I going to put everything in?” “How did we acquire so much junk?” “Is this even worth it?” and on and on and on. Effective preparation can go on long way in helping to sort out some of these questions. These pro tips will ensure that you are prepared and that your move proceeds in an orderly fashion.
Clean your new home before you move in. Hopefully the previous owners have kept the home in good shape, but this is not always the case. Sometimes you will discover that there were little surprises hidden under the previous owner’s furniture, or that certain areas of the house have not been dusted or mopped in years. These types of things typically go unnoticed when you are just doing a quick tour of the home. For these reasons, it is always a good idea to go into the home as soon as you have the key and do some cleaning. You don’t want to have to worry about cleaning everything once all your boxes and furniture are in the way. Taking care of the cleaning ahead of time will give you one less thing to worry about when it comes time to move in.
Set up utilities ahead of time. Another thing you can do to really decrease stress is make sure all your utilities are set up and working before you move all of your things into the house. You are going to want running water and functioning electricity as soon as you walk in the door, not to mention things like internet and cable. Make sure you have everything ready to go with your utility providers before you move in. This will allow you to comfortably unpack at your own pace and avoid any potential road blocks.
Have a plan for large appliances and furniture. There are several items in a move that require a lot of physical labor. Make sure you have enough helping hands to handle the load. Also, try to have at least one person who is experienced with moving and/or installing such items. Make sure to leave some open space as you unload so you have room to move these items in. Setting up something like a refrigerator or a washing machine requires a lot of man power and a lot of maneuvering space.
Take care of window coverings before decor. Understandably, a lot of people have a hard time thinking about anything in the near future while they are moving in and unpacking. There is just so much going on that it can feel like you are running a marathon. One thing that often gets overlooked in this little frenzy is the installation of window coverings. You are going to want your blinds and curtains up by night fall for two reasons. First, privacy: you don’t want all of the new neighbors glaring in at all your business while you are trying to wind down. Second, sunlight: you don’t want your first night’s rest in the new home being disturbed by the sunrise the following morning.
Keep your documents safe. Your paperwork and your documents should be a top priority. Keep them in safe, easy to move, and easy to find containers. Keeping track of these things will save you a lot of hassle when you need them for tax season.
Making sure you have all of the above things taken care of can really go a long way making sure your move is organized and surprise free. You want to be able to settle into your new home, relax, and unpack at your own pace. If you, or someone you know, is thinking about moving soon, please get in touch with one of our mortgage professionals today to help with all of your financing needs.