Home sellers have much on their minds when preparing to close the sale of their home. Moving is just one of those things. Here's a helpful list of 'moving tips' that will help you plan ahead, courtesy of fellow AR associate Ryan Kruithoff!
Once you have located your new home, you can begin the fun part - moving. Whether you’re moving twostreets away from your current home, from one side of town to the other, or clear across the country, you have two options – either professional movers or doing it yourself.
There are pros and cons of both choices. You must decide how much you can afford to spend, and what option you feel works best for you. Let's review the options.
• Professional movers costs and experience vary. There are those on the less expensive end of the system, consisting of two to four people with a truck, up to the executive level of packing and using ahuge semi-truck to delivery your belongings. Usually, what you pay for is what you get.
• Most moving companies provide sturdy, reinforced boxes. The cost of these boxes is included in the amount quoted for the move.
• Professional movers use padded blankets to protect your furniture. These blankets are secured with rope or bungee cords so no damage occurs.
• If you are doing the packing, make sure each box is carefully marked for the movers, indicating which boxes contain fragile items. In most cases, when using professional movers, you don't have to worry about the weight of the boxes. They know how much to pack and have the correct equipment to handle large boxes.
• If working with professional movers, one semi-truck may contain several households so your belongings may not be the first on their route. Talk to the movers and determine when they are expecting to arrive at your new home. Keep in mind that traffic, construction, and weather, can all create delays. For this reason, it's important to have phone numbers and e-mail addresses of the movers along with the main office just in case your belongings do not arrive on time. In addition, make sure they have a phone number to reach you. If the schedule denotes a 5 p.m. arrival, have someone at the house from 4:00 p.m. until the truck arrives: one hour before.
• Your local grocery or business dumpster will has all the boxes you need. Many businesses throw out industrial strength boxes in all sizes, costing you nothing. Use old blankets, pillows, or towels for minimal damage. Some rental companies will rent padded blankets for a very small fee. Just be sure that you wrap breakable items carefully and don't stack boxes of breakables on top of each other.
• Mark all boxes carefully. Separate breakable items. Consider moving those in your car instead of loading them into trucks with your other items.
• When packing your boxes, keep the weight of the box reasonable. If you can't pick it up, it's too heavy.
• Before moving, consider having a garage or yard sale. This is the perfect opportunity to eliminate unwanted items from being packed and moved
• Carefully mark the boxes containing towels, toiletries, sheets, etc., so you can unpack those first and at least be able to make your bed and take a shower.
• Other boxes that you want to open as soon as you arrive at your new home can simply be marked with "Open me first." This might include a coffee pot, eating utensils, or clothing that you've packed separately to get you through the first few days.
• If you have children, let them help in writing out the labels. This will free you up to do other things and it will help them get used to their new address.
• If you have cats, or other animals, make sure you keep them closed off from packing as well as the moving day activity. Pets can easily get into boxes without anyone knowing, or they can quickly run out a door and be lost. Consider boarding them for a day or two.
• Allow anything electrical to return to room temperature before plugging it in. If it's frigid outside, condensation could develop, and shock could occur when you plug them in.
• Inform old neighbors and friends of your new address and phone number.
• Don't pack food that could spoil. Refrigerator items such as mayonnaise, butter, milk, etc. should be placed on ice in a cooler and then moved or given away. If you’re moving across the country where boxes will take days to arrive, don't pack any perishable foods at all.