Millions of Americans find summertime the best time to move; the kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and the home buying season is at its absolute peak. In fact, about 13% of all moves occur during the summer months as compared to 8% or less during the other months of the year, according to American Moving and Storage Association. Moving into a new house can be incredibly stressful if you aren’t prepared for the big day, so we’ve created this list as a starting point to help you prepare yourself and your family for this exciting next step!
Create a plan. Before you begin packing, create a detailed plan that includes deadlines (or at least a time-line) to keep you on track.
- Take photos before and after your move as formal documentation of the condition of the property you are leaving and moving into; a return of your security deposit may depend on it.
- Enter your moving expenses into a spreadsheet or hang on to all your moving receipts, as they may be tax deductible.
- Don’t forget your pets! They are probably already suspicious that something is up, so to make them less anxious, their stuff should be among the last things your pack up.
- Keep your valuables and important documents with you during the move.
- Notify the post office of your address change so there are no interruptions in mail delivery to your new home.
Simplify your stuff. Before the packing begins, take a long hard look at your possessions. It’s difficult to part with possessions but think of it as giving your old items a new life.
- Host a yard sale and invite your friends and neighbors to come by to help lighten your load.
- Donate unwanted, gently used items to local non-profits instead of sending them to the landfill.
- Call your local recycling center and ask about disposal of unused paints or chemicals you may have in the garage.
- Don’t forget to double check give-away items to confirm they don’t contain any personal information that would put your identity at risk.
Pack it up. Save yourself a few dollars during the packing process.
- For sturdy boxes, turn to your local grocers or liqueur store and ask for a few empties.
- Pack your breakable items using what you already have, such as old t-shirts, towels, curtains, etc. These items are going anyway, so why not put them to good use?
- To be even more efficient, use your suitcases and drawers as storage container and leave your clothes on their hangers.
- Before you pack up the electronics in the house, take a photo of how components are connected like the TV, computer, or game system.
Are you planning a move this summer? Whether it’s across town or across the country, let George help you find your next home or sell the one you’re in. Summer is heating up, so get moving TODAY – contact us now.