Moving can be so overwhelming. Just when you think you have finished one thing, you have another project to manage. Keeping track of it all can be so stressful — to that end we’ll take a look at the things you must do to survive your move.
- Start with your real estate agent. One of the first things you’ll need to do is get a real estate agent. Here, you’ll want to connect with one that knows your market and believes she can sell your house. Listen to her recommendations for preparing your home for sale.
- Begin looking for a new home. Just as you sign on the dotted line to put your home on the market, you need to begin searching for a new home. Narrow your home choices to a particular market, then to a town and a neighborhood. Ask your own real estate agent to refer you to an agent in your new town.
- Eliminate areas that don’t suit you. Likely, you have some requirements when it comes to establishing residence in a new community. You may prefer a house over a townhouse, a residential neighborhood over an urban one, and so forth. If you have children, then the schools matter a lot in your decision making. Make a list of the “must haves” then create a second list for the “nice to haves.” Between the two, you should find a home suitable for your needs.
- Visit your new community. As soon as possible, make a trip to your new community to see a number of homes with your real estate agent. You’ll prescreen most homes online, enabling you to narrow the list before you start. Ask your agent to show you approximately 6 to 8 homes. When you visit, grade these homes according to your budget, desirability and other factors. From your top three, choose one.
- Pack early on in the moving process. Just as you begin working with real estate agents, you need to begin the packing process. First, sort all items you won’t be needing and take these to Goodwill or to some other nonprofit. Ask for a tax receipt. Second, acquire boxes from local retailers — usually you won’t have difficulty finding discards from several stores. Avoid paying for boxes if you can!
- Set up overnight bags. As you transition from one home to the next one, overnight bags will come in handy. Depending how long your transition will determine how many items you’ll need for each bag. Pack just as if you are going on a long trip, bringing clothes, personal effects, stuffed animals, and toys for your children. Create a separate bag for snacks only — fill it with healthy choices including food and drink items alike.
- Eliminate, if you can. Not all items must go with you. Indeed, you may find that a roomful of living room furniture doesn’t suit your new home. Instead of paying to move these items, sell them. You can then pocket the money and use the funds to defray the cost of your move or save it toward your new furniture purchase.
- Throw yourself a farewell party. There are so many goodbyes you want to make, but not enough time to do them all. So, instead of waiting to be invited to someone’s house, throw a party for yourself. Invite your friends, your children’s friends, and others whom you will miss. Make a potluck affair and you’ll have enough food on hand — provide the drinks, plates, cutlery, and a grille if the weather is warm.
Make Your Move
Get organized early on in the moving process and you won’t feel overwhelmed. You’ll have your stress under control also, making your move a much easier task to handle because you acted swiftly and with confidence explains Smart Box Moving.