Given that the real estate market is so lively this spring, a large number of families will be moving into new homes in the coming weeks. If that sounds like you, do you have a plan in place?
We've compiled some great moving tips that will ensure one of the potentially least enjoyable aspects of house purchase is as painless as possible. Of course if you can afford to hire professional movers then your load will be considerably lightened, but it's still a great idea to plan ahead and many of these tips can still assist the efficiency of the process.
Start your moving plan now - Even if you haven't completed the sale, your moving plans should be well advanced. It's never too early to sit down and write a complete plan of action for your move. Indeed, not only is a plan important, there's also no time like the present to start packing. Leaving it all until the last few days adds immeasurably to stress levels.
Set yourself goals - Your formal moving plan should ideally break the whole process into goals. Target a certain amount of realistically achievable tasks per day. A good way of doing this is to pack each room one at a time. This will enable you to stack boxes in groups.
Box clever - Consider a color coding scheme for each room. If groups of boxes get separated, as can easily happen, this will help you to quickly identify them and to more rapidly and accurately distribute them when they arrive at your new place. Going one stage further and giving each box a number enables you to note what's in them, so you can better prioritize unpacking. It therefore also makes sense to pack together the items you'll need most urgently in each room.
Get kitted out - Small, medium and large boxes, plus plenty of tape, markers, colored labels, bubble wrap, furniture pads and so forth are all items you will need to buy well in advance. Newspaper is also a great packing medium for items like glass, so don't throw this away as you normally might.
Find a good set of wheels - Borrowing a dolly from a moving company or a friend greatly eases the logistics of moving your heavier boxes and items of furniture etc. Ratchet straps will help here too. Lifting straps and harnesses are another good way of coping with heavy loads.
Portable On Demand Storage (PODS) - This is an increasingly popular moving method, whereby a company drops a transportable storage unit at your home, you fill it and, when you're ready, they collect it and drop it off at your new place. The key advantage here is the money saving over day rates for a moving vehicle. If you Google the word "pods" you'll find a range of companies offering this service.
Changing your address in advance - You'll probably remember to change the most important things like your utility bills, bank accounts etc. However if you don't plan ahead you might forget less vital things like magazine subscriptions that can be a nuisance to sort once you've changed addresses.
Offloading unwanted items - Your approach to items you don't want to take with you largely depends on how much time you have. Valuable items that won't be going with you should start to appear on Ebay, Craigslist or your local Facebook blog shop several weeks in advance of the move. Rather than just throwing things away, a great alternative is to donate them to charity. Some charities will even collect items from you, but make sure you give them as much notice as you can, as they do get inundated.
Don't get in a tangle - If you want your electronic entertainment items on tap pretty much as soon as you move in, take photos of how all the cables go together and/or label them so you'll quickly remember what goes where.
Fragile valuables - If you own a lot of these, it really is a good idea to consider hiring professional movers with their own insurance for this aspect of the move, rather than risking an embarrassing situation for any relatives or friends who are helping you, should breakages occur.
Young children and pets - Clearly the hectic, confused moving environment isn't good or totally safe for children or pets, so if you're moving locally why not hire a sitter or ask a close relative or friend to look after them for the day.
Leave time to thaw - Defrosting the refrigerator a day or two in advance will pay dividends as you won't have nasty water leaks to deal with either en route or when you arrive at your new home. It's also a great idea to stop grocery shopping a week or two before you leave, so that you'll have less food to throw away.
Pack your sandwich bags - A true double meaning here. You might want to consider packing some food so you can eat on the move, to save time in queues for fast food, as well as possibly eating healthier (you'll need the energy). Sealable sandwich bags are also great for labelling and packing small items like screws for tables you've dismantled, electric cords and cables etc.
Essential items - Every day necessities like toiletries, towels, any medicine you need to take and a change or two of clothes can all be packed in a sports or overnight bag so that you can quickly access them while you gradually unpack everything else. It might be a good idea to pack a first aid box too, in case of any minor cuts and bruises along the way.
This list is not exhaustive, but should be enough to give you a good basic system to ensure a smooth move. If, on the other hand, you have yet to find your perfect next residence, contact us today for the very best assistance in the Albuquerque area.