With a few weeks to go before our big move the feeling of being overwhelmed can be exhausting. Having a basic checklist to help you stop looking at the big picture and start concentrating on the smaller, much needed items, are what moving a home is all about. Usually about four weeks to your deadline is a reat time to start taking care of the items that need to be scheduled in advance. Tackling these items now will allow you to be more flexible later for dealing with unexpected matters that might pop up closer to your move time.
1. Declutter – This is the time where you need to look at everything in your home and begin to declutter it all. One of the biggest things I like to do is to take a trash bag and go room to room to put things in the bag I won’t use. I’ll have a few bags that will be labeled for a consignment store, a garage sale to move with us to the new home or to just plain throw away. By labeling everything as well it keeps things visible for you to see what is going to what location so you can designate accordingly.
2. Book The Movers – If you plan to move yourself, make sure you plan to get a truck or trailer. If you have too much stuff, my suggestion would be hire to hire a professional to do the work for you. If you live in the Minnesota area, there is a company that comes highly recommended by several people in the area are called Relief Moving Company, LLC. What makes this company stand out above the rest is their attention to detail, their friendly customer service as well as the owners that run this fantastic business, Adam and Itzel Page. They have over 15 years of experience and aim to be one of the top moving companies in the Blaine area. If you are moving from a luxury apartment or just needing help moving your business, they are there to do the difficult lifting for you. Having professional movers eliminates the risk of you getting hurt or someone else getting hurt. They make sure to keep all your belongings safe and secure, as well as making sure our move is done in a timely fashion. Their services not only include residential moving but also commercial moving, labor or one piece.
3. Have a Budget – One big goal to set before you move is your budget. To get an accurate idea of how much money you may need for your relocation, find out if your savings will be enough to cover all your moving related expenses. Create a moving budget. Figure in all the moving company expenses ( their rate, extra service chargers and more ) or if you are using a rental truck, think about gas prices, road tolls and parking fees you’ll have to encounter when you drive. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of any necessary packing materials ( boxes, newspapers and sturdy tape ). There may also be some travel expenses if you are flying and post -relocation expenses. Having a fund for any emergency situation that may come can also make you feel a little bit better about your move and could be necessary should you get a flat tire, miss your flight and have to find another one or someone gets hurt packing your valuables and you need to visit a local hospital.
4. House Availability – Before you move, you want to make sure you have a place to be moving too. If it’s a relocation that you are experiencing, make sure that the company that is moving you sets you up in an apartment or a hotel room so you have a place to go too. If you are moving on your own, house hunt before you put your home on the market. This gives you an idea of how much money you want to spend in your new location and once your other home sells, you’ll know how much money to put down for a down payment. Check out various neighborhoods, schools and ask neighbors what they think of the area before settling on a home. Think about how many bedrooms you want, bathrooms and an ideal layout of what your home will look like.
I’m sure there are many other big goals for you to set before your big move and whatever they are, have a calendar near by that you can constantly check to make sure you are on track with everything. Staying organized and on top of these small tasks will pay off in the long run. I think these four goals to accomplish before your move will be key to making the actual move itselfs as less stressful as possible, especially if you hire professionals to help you. They take all the stress out of packing and moving for you!
Have you used professional movers when you moved? Let me know in the comments below!