7 months, 2 weeks ago
You just found the perfect home for your family to move in to. How exciting! Everyone knows that the excitement will soon fade, and in its place you will be filled with fear and stress. No matter how many online articles you read or people you ask, moving will still be a very stressful and daunting task. Below we will discuss expert tips on moving your home as easily and efficiently as possible.
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As the times change, so does the way that people relocate. In a recent study done by a number of moving companies, it was found that the funky technique that has proven the most effective for packing is setting a daily box quota. The idea is that you set a specific amount of boxes that you want to pack daily, and by the time move day rolls around you will be ready to load the truck. This helps avoid packing procrastination, leaving you more energy to unpack in your new place.
2. Hold the cardboard, please.
There are a surprising amount of companies these days that offer reusable bin delivery for movers. Instead of spending money and harming the environment with cardboard boxes, you can have a preselected amount of plastic containers sent to your home that you can use to pack your goods in. These containers have snapping lids, meaning that you can kiss the rolls of tape goodbye.
3. Avoid packing your closet.
If you are using professional movers, then you can request that they bring wardrobe boxes to pack up all of your clothes. This will save you a lot of time, and the movers will take your clothes off the rack, hangers and all, and hang them in the box. This will save you a day of ironing once you move to the new location.
4. Transfer Utilities.
This might not be the most difficult thing to figure out, but you will have to call each company and switch utilities manually. You will have to work out the timing perfectly on this one to allow for your utilities to be activated once you get to the new location.Make sure that you do not call the company on a weekend, as this will further delay utility activation. It would be a shame if you had to live without water, power, or cable for two days while you are waiting for a tech to come out. Arrange for service transfers at your earliest convenience.
5. Make the goodbyes a lot easier.
Relocating from a home that has a lot of sentimental value is probably one of the hardest things to do. To make this whole situation easier, you can create a Pinterest that is dedicated to your new home. Let your kids pick out some things that they would like to do in their rooms, such as personalizing walls, hanging decorations, etc… This will make the kiddos a lot more willing to uproot. If you have smaller children, then you can record a video of them talking about their favorite parts of the house. That way they can look back on the videos with fond memories.
6. Take the basics and essentials over before moving day.
If you are moving a short distance, then you can take your important items there separate from the rest of your items. Setting up restrooms, beds, and closets in advance will help save some chaos and confusion on the days after the move.
7. Step back and think about life in your new home.
The faster you get everything out of boxes and put away, the faster you will become accustomed to life in your new house. If you get the chance to stop by the home before your items have been moved over, then take some time to plan out where you are going to put your artwork and furniture. This will give you something to look forward to during the stressful moving process.
8. Introduce yourself to new neighbors- the fun way.
If you’d prefer to follow the stereotypical trend of leaving a fresh apple pie on your new neighbors doorstep, then you should skip to the final step. If you want something a little different, then consider setting up a “tagging party” (not the illegal graffiti kind though.) If you are going to paint the walls of your new home, then you could invite your neighbors over to scribble on the walls-they could draw designs if they have an artsy side, or they could let their kids splatter washable paint in rooms without carpeting. Have some pizza, music and lawn chairs for a fun and relaxed evening.
9. Take a walk around town.
If you are feeling adventurous in your new city, take a walk around after you have settled in a bit. Make sure you are smiling and introducing yourself to people you pass along the way. This is a great way to meet new friends, and even find some people you cannier if you need a babysitter, handyman, or any other service worker.