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20 Essentials For Moving

May 7, 2012

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John D’Ambrogio

A few tips from guest blogger Thomas Rudy…


Moving is something that should be an exciting transitional moment in our lives. We are leaving something behind, and hoping for something better in the future. Unfortunately moving isn’t always the most stress free activity. If finding the perfect location, with the perfect amenities isn’t stressful enough, now comes the hard part. You are going to have to, in some way or another, move all of your belongings, keepsakes, and of course yourself into a brand new environment. It doesn’t seem as though it would be that overwhelming, but all of the little things can certainly add up. The key to a successful, stress free move, is being prepared. There are a number of essential things that you need to be doing and here are twenty of them that you surely don’t want to miss out on.

Number 1 – Find a Great Realtor Not all realtors are created equal. Some might not have the best intentions either. While it is obvious that they must make a buck on setting you up in a proper location, that shouldn’t compromise their level of service. A great realtor can help you in more ways that you may think. At the end of the day they will be more knowledgable about your new area, and hopefully can find a spot that meets all of your needs.

Number 2 – Start Early Procrastination is one of the biggest downfalls for getting a job done, being on time, and performing at your best. Moving is no different than any other life situation. If you start the process sooner rather than later you will have much more success, and the stress will feel almost non-existent.

Number 3 – Ask For Help There is nothing wrong with asking for a little bit of help. Order a pizza, call some friends up, and see how handy they are with a cardboard box or packaging tape. Getting friends together can help out tremendously and it can also be fun if you do it right.

Number 4 – Stay Organized Staying organized may seem obvious, but even I have moved things without marking what was in each box. This can be confusing and eventually frustrating if you have to constantly look through boxes to make sure what is inside of them. It may take just a few extra minutes of work to stay organized, but it will definitely save you time down the road.

Number 5 – Donate While you are moving, it is the perfect time to assess what items you are hanging on to that serve you no purpose. The good news is that you can give these items away to others that might find great value in them. This is a good way to decrease your move load, and do a few good deeds in the process.

Number 6 – Garage Sale Some items that you might not want, or do not have room for, still can have some considerable value. This is where a garage or estate sale can be so valuable. Not only are you parting with some of the clutter that is holding you back, but you also have the opportunity to make some money in the process.

Number 7 – Be Resourceful Moving costs can add up. Boxes, tape, bags, and even extra hands can add up to a bundle of money. You should try to use low cost of free items as much as you possibly can. At the end of the day, most of the moving supplies you will use are most likely going to be thrown out or recycled. No need to splurge on simplistic items.

Number 8 – Make Sure Everyone is On Board When you are moving it is important that everyone is on the same page. If one or more of your family members isn’t doing their part, packing up belongings it can be very difficult come moving day. The more information you relay on to other family members the better results you will have when you make your new transition.

Number 9 – Have a Plan Have a plan on moving day. Depending where you are coming from it can be as simple as, “We will stop for lunch at 1pm and then continue.” If you have a plan with certain timeframes in mind it makes the process smoother and you won’t find yourself unpacking boxes weeks down the road.

Number 10 – Preview the Community A general preview of the neighborhood can really tell you a lot. Almost certainly you have viewed the property you will be living in, but unless you get a scan of the area you cannot be certain what you have gotten yourself into. This will give you ideas of what you might need, as well as what you might be able to leave behind.

Number 11 – Research Nowadays we have the wonderful tool of the internet and Google to find out almost anything that we want to know. Do a little bit or research about your new surroundings. This includes public transit, shopping, restaurants, and much more. Make a game out of it. Plan out the next few weeks with certain spots you would like to visit or find out more information about.

Number 12 – Prepare for Complications While we always hope that relocating  goes 100% smoothly, that isn’t always the case. You have to be prepared for anything that can go wrong. Maybe your car breaks down, maybe the moving company is late, or just maybe your new place isn’t as move in ready as you had thought. Whatever the case, make sure you set aside a couple hundred extra bucks to plan for mistakes. If all goes well, you can use that for a nice night out on the town!

Number 13 – Talk to Neighbors This doesn’t mean you have to be nosey, but talking to neighbors can be a great way to find out useful information, and even make some friends. After all, you don’t want to miss out on the first garbage day.

Number 14 – Plan for Visitors Upon moving into your new property, you will want to showcase the place to friends and family. If everything goes well, you will have your “stuff” set up, know a few spots in the area, and then it will be your turn to be giving the tours. Try not to be a hermit in your new environment. Getting acquainted to your new surroundings can be tough, but opportunity will not come knocking at your doorstep.

Number 15 – Get Estimates From Movers Odds are you do not have a gas guzzling truck that will carrying all of your belongings from point A to B. You might need to higher some movers to help out. This is a necessary expense, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Get a few quotes from various companies and see which price is the best.

Number 16 – Let Everyone Know If you are relocating, then you should let people know who might want to contact you. This includes current neighbors, family, friends, and colleagues. This can be very helpful and important when you want to ensure that people will not lose touch with you.

Number 17 – Find Storage Assuming that every item you have is not going to fit perfectly into your new environment, you might need to find a place to put it. Chicago self storage can be risky business, if you don’t find the right place. You want to make sure you find storage in the right area, for the right price.

Number 18 – Finish the Food When you are moving to a new property, odds are you will not be moving your food. Try to finish off what you have in the pantry and in the fridge to make sure nothing goes to waste. If you have to, invite friends over for a going away dinner party, and kill two birds with one stone.

Number 19 – Documentation There are going to be a number of things that you will want to document. This can be miles traveled for taxes, or even how you hooked up your complicated internet router. Pictures and notes can go a long way since remembering things may be hard to keep track of. You don’t have to document everything, but the most important items should be documented so referencing them later will not be an issue.

Number 20 – Don’t Burn any Bridges The transition from one place to another can be challenging, and it is important to leave the past in tact. Clean your old apartment, fix something in the house you sold, say good bye to neighbors, or whatever it is you have to do; just make sure that you leave everything in good standing order.

BONUS TIP! Change your mailing address! Relocating to a new area is a lot of fun. Make sure to keep it that way by planning ahead. A big move can be a big stress if you fail to execute the basics. There isn’t an exact science to stress free moving, but if you manage everything in this list accordingly, moving can be fun for you.

 

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