Moving can be one of the most stressful parts of buying a home. Whether it’s down the street or across the country, it’s important to be prepared. We created a quick guide to make sure you get your move done right.
Planning the move
Building to-do lists can help with some of the anxiety around moving. Using apps like Asana or Trello (which have free versions) will ensure you don’t miss anything. Once you have a list of items to tackle, it can feel much more manageable.
Get yourself some boxes
Get yourself some moving boxes early. You can look on craigslist for cheap or free moving boxes as many people have no use for them once they are done. If you are looking for something sturdier, you can purchase large plastic totes. However you will want to make sure you have a use for them afterward.
Make sure you label each box with where it will end up. This will make the moving process much easier and save you significant time when it comes to unloading.
What can you get done early?
There are many items you can get done before your move. This could include:
- Organizing moving vans/permits
- Organizing a transfer of address with your current service providers
- Scheduling installations for internet, cable, etc.
- Packing less important items
Room by room
When loading/unloading the moving truck you will want to do it room by room. Make sure you load the less important rooms first and the more important rooms last. This will help when you unload the truck so that you can access the essentials immediately.
When unpacking your items, focus on a room at a time. You may need to spread unpacking over an entire week and this will ensure you get the most important rooms done first.
Protect the floors
Protect your floors from being scratched with plastic or cardboard. When moving large and heavy items of furniture, they can be dropped or dragged. This will destroy your beautiful new floors. Taking a quick second to lay down some type of protective layer will help prevent this.
Don’t Look Back
Time to decorate
Decorating your new home is one of the most exciting parts about moving. If you find yourself or the kids missing your old home, decorating can help. Asking your children to help with the decorating process is a great way to help forget the old home and build excitement about the move.
Update the essentials
Make sure you update the essentials. This can include:
- Healthcare providers
- Medical insurance
- Driver’s license
- Car insurance
Moving does not have to be a stressful experience. As your lender for life, Summit is committed to making the home buying experience simple and timely. Curious if you could purchase a home? Click here and speak with one of our home buying representatives. They will go over your financial situation, your options and how we can help get you into your home. Get started today!