Tips To Make Moving Out Of Your House Easier
Does anyone ever look forward to moving? Sure, there is the excitement in anticipation of new experiences in your new home. It is however the process of getting you and your belongings from your old home to your new one that may give you a migraine just thinking about it.
Even if you hire a moving company, there is no guarantee that your relocation will be completely stress free. The following are a couple of tips that can help make the process a little more bearable.
Failing to Plan Early is Well…Failure
Irrespective of whether you intend to hire movers in Rochester, NY or if you plan on doing the relocation yourself with help from friends and family, start making arrangements well in advance. In particular, begin packing early. Some of your possessions are rarely used so you can start by putting those aside. As the weeks and days go by, progressively move on to items that you access more frequently.
Donate, Sell or Trash
Clutter creeps on you over weeks, months and years. Considering that the moving company will likely charge you based on the weight of your goods, it would be wise to get rid of stuff that you don’t really need. Do not pay for the relocation of things you will never use.
Ergo, beginning about a month before the move, start going through items in your home to find what you really need and what is past its useful date. Items that are no longer functional should be discarded. Things that are still functional but no longer useful to you can be sold or donated.
Do Not Pack in Boxes What You Don’t Have To
Do you have clothes in a dresser? You don’t need to remove them. Instead of packing them in boxes, you can leave them in place and have the movers wrap up the dresser in a way the drawers won’t move.
That way, when you get to your new home, all you’ll need to do is find a place for the dresser. You’ll have eliminated the work and time that would otherwise have been expended on rearranging.
Take Photos of Electronics Connections
Have you looked at the back of your television, sound system and other household electronics lately? I guessed so. The number of wires going in and out is probably too horrific to stare at for extended periods. If you fixed it yourself, you likely don’t have very pleasant memories of how long it took you to finally get it right.
To avoid going through that pain all over again, take photos of the connections on your electronics. It will make it much easier to reconstruct the setup at your new place.
Have One or Two ‘Priority’ Boxes
Think about stuff that you’ll need just before, during and right after the move. You don’t want to put these items somewhere that’s difficult to reach or that will be hard to distinguish from your other belongings.
Items such as medication, toiletries, basic kitchen appliances, checkbook, important documents, pet food, pajamas, several changes of shoes & clothes shouldn’t be mixed up with everything else. You’ll probably want to start thinking about what will go into your priority boxes at least a week before moving just to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Moving can be chaotic and is a day many people rightfully dread. It doesn’t have to be that way though. The golden rule is that the more time you spend getting organized before the day of your relocation, the less stressful the moving day will be.
Other Helpful Moving Resources
- Tips For Moving With Kids via Anita Clark
- Advice For Moving To A New City via Rochester’s Real Estate Blog
- How To Pack A House For A Move via Bill Gassett
About The Author: The above article “5 Ways To Make Moving Out Easier” was written by Alyssa from Champion Moving & Storage, a local and long distance moving company based in Rochester, NY
About The Hiscock Sold Team at RE/MAX Realty Group: Keith & Kyle Hiscock have over 35 years combined experience helping Rochester NY buyers and sellers with their real estate needs. Year after year, the Hiscock Sold Team at RE/MAX Realty Group is among the top real estate teams in Rochester NY.