Buying a new home is always exciting, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Moving is never fun and can be one of the most difficult things to fit into a busy schedule.
Don’t let the fear of moving to keep you from buying your dream home or condo.
Follow these easy tips to make moving a lot easier and more organized. And if you need help with your move, you can reach out to American Van Lines to get a quote from one of the most trusted moving companies anywhere.
Once you’ve signed on to a new house, apartment, or condo you should know when you’re going to move. A lot of people wait until a week or two before their moving date to start getting ready but waiting just makes everything a lot harder.
Instead of waiting, you should start prepping for your move as soon as you know when you’re leaving your current home.
Here are some pre-move tips to get you started:
1. Contact your utility providers and let them know when you’re moving and when to stop services.
2. Start packing items you don’t need.
3. Set a moving budget (and give yourself some wiggle room if you can).
4. The plan moving food in advance so you don’t go over budget on takeout later.
Moving is one of the best times to go through your possessions and start getting rid of things you don’t need anymore. After all, who wants to pay to move things you don’t need?
Our recommendation is to sort into three categories, things you want to keep, things you want to give away, and things you’re willing to throw in the trash.
Remember, sometimes it’s better to get rid of things and buy new than to move those with you. Consider the cost of moving the item vs. replacing it, whether it has sentimental value, whether the item has a practical use, and what condition it’s in.
Moving can get expensive fast, even if you’re moving a short distance from your current home. Looking for good moving deals is a great way to save money, but only if you know what kinds of deals to look for.
For instance, you might not want to look for deals on your movers since you want them to take good care of your belongings while you’re moving. But you can look for deals on moving supplies like boxes, packing materials, and other items that make moving easier.
It’s also a good idea to consider whether you can drive some of your things to your new home yourself, or if friends and family can help. If you have pets, consider whether they can stay with a friend instead of boarding them while you’re moving.
If you’re looking for a good mover, it’s a good idea to get quotes from several moving services. That way you can compare prices without trying to haggle for a better deal and potentially getting worse service.
If you’re looking for more ways to make moving easier, think about ways to streamline packing. Remember, the most efficient packing isn’t always best. Sometimes making a box a little lighter and easier to carry is important, especially if the contents are delicate.
Try to pack room by room, and keep items organized by type when possible.
If you’re looking for even more packing tips, take it from the professionals! American Van Lines has put together a great moving checklist that we highly recommend to all our clients.
Of course, if you’re still looking for your dream house or condo, we’re happy to help! Our team of realtors has a lot of experience helping clients find exactly the kind of home they’re looking for. Contact us to get started.
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