Getting Organized for the Big Move!

Get Organized For The Big Move

Love Selling Your Home – Week 10

This is the tenth article in the series, Love Selling Your Home: Minimize Your Stress, Maximize Your Profit, a step-by-step guide to selling your home. This series takes you through the entire home-selling process — from finding a real estate agent to settlement day.

Youve got mixed feelings about moving right now — excited to make new memories in a new home but somewhat sad to be leaving your old home. No matter what, youve got to get organized and focused for your big move and all the details it entails.

Here are some ways to help you NOT feel overwhelmed leading up to your move (and your settlement day). Doing some preparation months or weeks ahead can make a huge difference in the final days, so keep that in mind when you first list your home.

Find an organization system that works for you.  Whether you create an old-school” binder or find an online app that can keep you on track, take the time to stick to a system and use it. It can be a great way to stay organized and have all your information in one spot.  Keep your estimates, receipts, check lists, phone numbers, and even an inventory of items being moved. This can relieve a lot of stress during the entire process.

Go through ever room to sort and purge.  Basically, dont move things that you dont use or want anymore! Moving should force you to throw things out or donate or recycle. However, you really should make some headway on this BEFORE you put your home on the market.  A clutter-free home has more appeal to buyers.

Dont forget to dispose of any toxic or hazardous materials you may have lurking in your garage or basement. Check with your community to see where these can be disposed.

Figure out what may need special treatment during your move. For those items you will keep, make a list of what needs special packaging or extra insurance coverage for the move.  What about any large paintings or fragile pottery?

Get written estimates from several movers and compare costs.  I’ve got some suggestions for you of movers I recommend and you can also ask friends and family first about reliable movers they have used recently. Some moving companies will want to visit onsite to provide an estimate, while others will quote you a rate over the phone or email if you can be specific about the details of what will be moved.  Are you in a condo building and have to use the service elevator or in a townhome with no parking close to your home?  Be sure to secure the elevator and/or a spot out front for the moving truck.

About a month or two before the move, select a company, confirm the date and arrival time, all costs, both addresses, and any details so you avoid any confusion during the actual move.

Get supplies for the move. If you arent receiving boxes from a moving company, ask around for some to reuse or order new ones. Also make sure you have a stocked supply of tape, bubble wrap, and permanent pens if you plan to pack yourself.  Dont forget you can even go green by using towels, sheets, and blankets to protect items. Your mover may be able to supply wardrobe boxes and dish barrels but double check.

Let others know you are moving and provide new address or cancel services. Contact the post office with your new change of address, this can be done online.

Also directly contact others to cancel their services or to let them know your new address if youre continuing their services. This can include vendors for your lawn care, pest control, pet walker, newspaper delivery, house cleaners, gym, swimming pool club, etc.

Notify any health professionals about your move and new address.  Depending on how far you move and if you will continue to be a patient, you may need to have any medical records transferred or forwarded to a new health care provider. Also contact your pharmacy with your new address, and refill any prescriptions as necessary so you dont run short the days around the move.

Dont forget about notifying your banks and other financial institutions, your credit card and insurance companies, broker, employers, etc.  If you have a bank deposit box, remember to schedule a time to clean it out if necessary.

If you have children, make sure their school records are sent to the new school district.

Have a plan when packing your items. First, pack things that you dont use as frequently and go from there as you get closer to the moving day. For example, are there certain toys your kids dont use all the time? Are there items already stowed away such as crystal glasses and china that you dont plan to take out anytime soon? Get them in boxes now!

Also make sure you pack one or two boxes with essentials that you will need right away when you move into your new home.  Keep track of these boxes!

Items such as expensive jewelry or important files should be moved to a secure box that you can move personally, if possible.

A few days before the move, pack some suit cases with clothes, shoes, and personal items you will use during the first few days in your new home. Dont forget shampoo, your tooth brush, any prescription or over-the-counter drugs.  Even if youre not going cross-county and just heading down the road, plan like youre going on a trip. Plus, why not use those suit cases, since you need to move them anyway!

Label your boxes. Yep, its that simple but very important. Label what is in the box, what room it is going into, and even give it a number. This can help you keep an inventory of your belongings and let you know if youre missing a box or not.  Some people take pictures of items in boxes and store for reference later on.

You also can use color coded labels if you want to be even more organized. Maybe red labels could mean there are items you need soon after you move in rather than a box that can be unpacked much later.

Plan to have someone onsite supervising the move.  Always verify that its the correct truck and company.  Keep a copy of any signed documents and dont forget to exchange cell numbers! Also, its nice to tip and provide refreshments to the movers who will be working hard all day for you.

Scope out your new home. If your new home will be vacant before you move, you can spend time measuring the room sizes to see how furniture will fit or not. You can also spend time picturing how you want to set up the rooms so you know where to tell the movers to move certain pieces of large furniture or artwork.

If theres even more time between moves, an empty house is easier to paint or refinish floors if thats the plan.

Leave your home broom swept” clean and tidy. Dont leave a mess for the new homeowners or any garbage. You dont legally have to hire a cleaning service to make it spotless. Its not a beach rental!

However, you have loved this home so make them feel welcome and relieved when they arrive.  Leave your old home the same way you would want to find your new home that day.  The new owners may get some mail of yours or packages, so keep it friendly and cordial.

I LOVE the process of moving.  I love the purging, the cleaning, the organizing, the excitement of creating a new space.  When we get to this stage of the process, just know you can reach out to me if you need help, contractor recommendations or a little motivation!