Relocating and moving into a new home is a life-changing event, and the idea of starting fresh and having a space to call your own is incredibly exciting. But the excitement of settling in can only begin after the hardest part: the move. Packing up boxes, trying to establish some sort of organization, cleaning up dust that you haven’t noticed in years…it is truly a daunting task and one you need to prepare for in advance so that you can tackle it all successfully. Here are some ways to make your relocation run more smoothly:
Find a Moving Company
Ask your real estate agent to recommend trustworthy companies. Narrow it down to three solid contenders, and then have each come to your home and give you an estimate. Research the companies out on the internet as well to make sure that they are properly licensed and that they have no complaints listed with the Better Business Bureau.
Get Your Belongings Under Control
It’s the perfect time to narrow down your belongings and be realistic about what will make the move with you. Everything you aren’t using should be sold or donated. Want a great tip for kids who have a hard time letting go? Buy a photo album and let them take photos of the things they’ve outgrown, along with photos of the old house, and create a keepsake journal. This makes the move less traumatic for them and keeps them occupied while you pack.
Disconnect and Reconnect
Whatever your reason for relocating, you’ll need utilities and services installed at the new house. Make sure you notify the post office and service providers at your old place of the date when you’re leaving town as well. Making a “master list” of chores that need to be done at both ends is a great visual reminder. It’s also a good idea to note both the date and service appointment times on a calendar, along with contact numbers of the companies.
Check out the blog at RE/MAX at Cherry Creek for more tips about how to minimize your moving day stress, so you can start enjoying your new life!