Moving is not easy! You don’t know where to start? Are you getting ready to move into your new home? Are you getting ready to sell your home? Or are you under contract and now you need to start packing? If your answer is yes to any of this question this video is for you! We will give you moving tips, tricks, and hacks. Make sure to request for your moving checklist at the link on the description. Stay tuned to hear more!
Whether your move is inspired by a great job offer in a new city, a growing family, an empty nest, or a desire to upgrade your house, moving is inherently busy, complex and stressful. At the end of the video I will have some moving hacks for you.
This moving guide will show you what to consider at each stage of the moving process so you can make the best decisions for your situation and budget. Use the timeline at the end of the guide to stay on track.
Selling your home
Before moving into a new home, most people first need to sell their existing house. It’s often very difficult to time the selling of your current house with the purchase of your next house because of market demand, seasonality, and life events. In another video I talk about Knock Home program. But for now let’s dive in to fighting the overwhelm with some preplanning, organization, and effort applied well in advance of your move. If your moving timeline is tight because you are selling your house and have accepted a quick closing date, push everything forward as necessary to accomplish your move as quickly and easily as possible. The following steps can take you through each phase of your move.
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If possible start 2 months before your home is on the market
Is time to purchase packing supplies, such as tape, boxes, and wrapping papers or plastics. Buy a timer, stickers or red markers to flag your fragile packages.
- Start keeping track of all moving expenses, because some might be tax-deductible.
- Clean and organize all closets.
- Clean and de-clutter every room in the house, including the garage and basement, discarding anything you don’t want to pack or won’t need in your new home.
- Pack unused items that you plan to keep. Label each box’s contents and store the boxes in a safe but out of the way location where they won’t interfere with showings.
- Donate unwanted items to charity or have a garage sale to get rid of them. You can even sell unwanted clothes and accessories on sites like Facebook market place, Offer Up, Poshmark, etc .
No matter how you do it, moving is not cheap. It’s helpful to develop a moving budget. This is especially critical if a new employer is not footing the bill. You’ll have to decide how much of the moving work you want to outsource versus how much you can do yourself to keep expenses manageable. Your biggest cost will be related to transporting your stuff from your old house to your new home.
- Full-service move:A full-service move means that movers will handle everything, including packing and unpacking your items. Costs vary greatly. The American Moving and Storage Association estimates that the average cost is $2,300 for a local move and $4,300 for a long-distance move based on an average weight of 7,400 pounds, according to moving.com.
- Partial-service move:Compared to a full-service move, you’ll save money by packing and unpacking yourself, however you’ll invest more of your time. Home Advisor estimates the cost to hire a professional packer at $50 per hour, on average.
- Movable freight containers:This option is cheaper than a partial-service move because you don’t have to pay movers. Costs range from $70 for a single container moved locally to $5,000 for moving a large home long-distance, according to PODS.
While you are getting the house ready for sale
- Continue to pack up things that don’t get used very often, start terminating services that you use each month, and start preparing the home for its new owner.
- If movers will pack you, ask the moving company for advice on the best ways to prepare.
- Contact people who work for you regularly—such as pool maintenance companies, housekeepers, and gardeners—to cancel their services. Leave their business cards for the new owners.
- Place reference manuals for major appliances in a kitchen cabinet or drawer where new owners will find them. Label extra keys and place them in the drawer.
- Two Weeks Before Moving
- As you terminate services at your existing home, such as utility accounts, and other services, start setting them up for your new home. Start collecting important documents and other items that must not get lost or misplaced during the move.
- Call utility companies to terminate services on your closing day. The new owner should also notify the utility companies of the switchover and set up new accounts.
- Now do just the opposite to begin establishing services at your new home.
- File a change of address notice at the post office, making it effective on your moving date or a few days before.
- Notify your creditors, magazine subscriptions, friends and family, doctors, dentists, and others of your new address.
If you’re moving out of the area, start picking up items you sent out for cleaning or repair. Be sure to return library books. Also, arrange to have your prescriptions transferred to a pharmacy near your new home.
- Start an essentials box or two of all the things you’ll immediately need after you unload at your new location. Such items may include toiletries, cleaning supplies, a broom, towels, sheets, blankets, a change of clothes, and nightwear.
- Find certificates verifying that your pets are up-to-date on required vaccinations. Gather other important documents and plan to carry them with you on the day of moving.
- Open a bank account at your new location, or, if you’re staying in the area, order checks with your new address.
- One Week Before Moving
- Check with your real estate professional to make sure the transaction is on schedule, continue wrapping up service accounts, and do some cleaning.
- Confirm that your closing is still on track and handle tasks required by title company.
- Confirm moving and delivery dates with movers or check your truck reservation.
- Clean each room thoroughly as you finish packing. Don’t forget the major appliances. Wait to pack your vacuum and other tools necessary for last-minute cleaning on moving day.
- Arrange to cancel the existing homeowner’s insurance coverage after the closing is complete, and you no longer own the property. If there’s a delay, call your insurance agent immediately.
On Moving Day
- Keep an eye on the movers and make sure they take care to prevent damage to your belongings. Double-check closets and cabinets for left-behind items, and get ready to start setting up your new home.
- Walkthrough every part of the house to find stray items—opening cabinet and closet doors.
- Make sure you have keys to your new home.
- Supervise movers as they load, then again at delivery to make sure boxes and other items go to the right rooms at your new home.
- Watch for damaged items or damaged boxes. Note all damage on the mover’s bill of lading and ask the supervising person to sign off on the notation.
- Unpack your essentials box—then try to relax for a while before you start the big unpacking job.
- If you’ve ever moved, you know there’s more to it than this! Transporting pets, plants, and people in a comfortable way should top your list, and nearly everything you cancel at your old home must be started again at the new location.