As we all know, moving is one of the biggest headaches there is when it comes to home ownership of your custom Drees Home, and it can be extremely overwhelming. If you can get a head start and stay organized, you should make it through it unscathed. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying your new home. To get you there, here are our best tips for making moving an easier process.
Let it go!
Moving is a great chance to organize your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use. Take the time to sort and donate gently worn clothing to Goodwill, put furniture up for sale on a site like craigslist.org, recycle old magazines and catalogues and shred old documents.
Plan of Action
How are you going to get from point A to point B on moving day? For shorter moves, you’ll either need to assemble some very nice friends with trucks or consider renting a truck for the day. If you have a big family to move or you’ll be moving a long distance, you’ll want to price out moving companies.
Stay on Task
Avoid leaving anything until the last minute. Unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry, chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Create a countdown list and itemize everything you need to accomplish week by week.
If more than one person is packing, take charge by establishing a system. Have blank inventory sheets prepared so one person can tackle each area or room. Arm each packer with a pen, black marker, and packing materials, like newspaper, a packing tape dispenser and boxes.
Be Environmentally Friendly
Moving day can generate a great deal of waste like cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper. For items you’ll be storing even once you’ve moved in, opt for the reusable plastic bins you can purchase at stores. These can be labeled to go directly into closets until you’re ready to deal with the contents.
Try labeling every box (on the side, not the top!) in colored duct tape coded per space in your new home- that way you can easily identify which room the box should go to.
You need to take your luggage with you. Why not use it as a box? The same goes for dresser drawers. You may need to remove them for transport, but if you don’t have too far to go, they can be helpful for light items.
Don’t Trash It!
Try to avoid packing things in garbage bags. Well-meaning friends or family could accidentally throw them out on moving day.
Different Delivery Days
If you’ve made some new purchases, such as a couch or dining room suite, schedule the delivery after moving day. That will help you focus your attention on moving day itself and will avoid any congestion between delivery people and the movers.