Buying a new home is exciting – and a big deal. If you’re searching for the perfect place, or you’ve already found it and are under contract, the next step in the process can feel more tedious: moving.
Moving can be stressful, a bit expensive and plenty chaotic. But with some planning, help from friends and a little organization, it doesn’t have to be as hectic as you imagine. Here are some tips to take the stress out of your move:
1. Make a plan of attack – Whether you’re moving across town or across the state lines, you’ll probably want to rent a truck.
2. Prioritize your packing – As you start packing your current home up, designate a few boxes for each room that you’ll need quick access to.
3. Don’t go it alone – Packing is a monumental task. Invite some friends or relatives over, buy some pizza and make it a packing party!
4. Don’t take it all – If you realize you have 10 boxes of clothes and you haven’t worn half of them in a few years, it’s time to part ways.
5. Forward your mail – Believe it or not, people forget to do this all the time!
6. Turn off your utilities – Check with your local utility providers, as well as other services (trash pickup, newspaper delivery, cable/Internet, phone), to inform them that you’re moving.
7. Change your address everywhere else – Contact your bank, credit card companies, healthcare providers, schools, etc. to give them your new address.
8. Be flexible – Closing day can be unpredictable, and sometimes there are delays.
9. Consider hiring a professional house cleaner – Sellers don’t necessarily leave their homes in sparkling condition when they leave.