What is the best way to prepare yourself for a big move? The easy answer: hire someone to take care of every detail for you. Realistic answer: start early and make use of these tips so that you can schedule a spa day after it’s over.
1. Take Notes the Old Fashioned Way
Create a file for notes, business cards, receipts, warranties, contracts and more. Digital is perfect for backing up important documentation, but you won’t always have a scanner and internet connection handy on moving day.
You can go the old fashioned, notebook way before you move. You should start making notes after the buyers tour the house for the first time. The file is also there for your agent’s reference and your CPA will thank you come tax time.
2. Organization is Key
Purging is a good way to get rid of unwanted items so you don’t unnecessarily haul them to your next home. The mere thought of going through the boxes in the garage, attic or storage room sends most people into a state of sheer panic. If you’re packing for a move, the best way to reduce the organizing effort is to eliminate unnecessary stuff.
A yard sale is one way to check off two significant to-dos from your pre-move checklist. You will start by organizing items in your home, and then get a bulk of those unwanted odds and ends off your hands when you sell them.
The bonus is that you acquire some extra money to finance your move.
3. Labeling is your Best Friend
Label every box and bag with the type of items that they contain before taking it with you to the new address. You’re not going to remember what is in that black duffel bag during the height of activity on moving day. Print out labels for every box in bold lettering so everyone can easily read the contents or intended room.
Take labeling one step further by labeling the rooms of your new place. Print out, or write clearly on plain paper, which room is which. Then tape the sign to the door or entryway. Dining rooms, offices and bedrooms all look the same to the movers.
4. Last in First Out
Adopt the accounting term LIFO (Last in First Out) for your move. This applies to raw materials or inventory. Your most essential items should be the last ones in and first ones out of the moving van. Sheets, towels, toiletries, cleaning supplies or toys are frequently the particulars that get lost, yet are in highest demand post-move.
Looking for more information on how to make you move as painless as possible? Contact me for more helpful tips!
Heidi Logan is a real estate agent in Center City Philadelphia.
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