Moving to your new home can easily turn into a stressful experience, no matter how many times you’ve done it. Thankfully, you can always do a couple of things to keep the process as enjoyable and smooth as possible. We find the following tips the most helpful.
Prepare a checklist
There will always be a couple of wrenches thrown your way, but having a checklist helps you keep on track. Sit down and write a to-do checklist and divide the tasks by week.
For instance, hire a moving company four to six weeks before the big day. Change your billing address and cancel some of the services you won’t be needing anymore four weeks into the process. Plan utility disconnection in your old home after the move.
Pack your belongings by room
One of the most efficient ways to pack your furniture and household items is to do it room by room. In doing so, you’ll be able to label boxes accordingly and identify which ones are fragile and require extra care.
More importantly, packing by room helps you save a lot of time when it’s finally time to unpack and rearrange your belongings. You’ll know which items go where and won’t have to dig through boxes to look for cutlery or throw pillows.
Give the kids something to do
Moving can be more challenging if you’re doing it with kids, especially younger ones. You’ll need to prepare them and make them understand what’s happening.
Some parents think it’s better to leave them out of the process, but getting your kids involved with moving will help them adapt to the change, too. Moreover, having the kids help will also allow you to focus your attention on other tasks.
Ask them to pack their belongings and sort things and toys they want to keep and donate. If you have pets, assign the kids to look after them. You can also keep them busy by having them plan how to decorate their new rooms.
Pack an overnight bag
Moving can take time, depending on the amount of your belongings and the size of the home you’re moving into. And even if you finish moving everything within the day, it will probably take a day or two to unpack everything.
Whether you’re staying in your new home or somewhere else for the first night, bring an overnight back filled with your essentials. It should include at least two changes of clothes, underwear, toiletries and other personal hygiene effects, as well as medicine.
Depending on the time of your move, you might also need to pack bedding, garbage bags, and cleaning supplies, especially if you have opted to stay in your new home.
Moving to your new home in North Texas can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. You can enjoy the smoothest move of your life with enough preparation. Give us a call at 317.674.6949 or send an email to wanda(dotted)charles(at)cbdfw(dotted)com for more tips on how to achieve a stress-free move.