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Moving Tips for New Homeowners

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Congratulations on the purchase of your new house! While this is an exciting time, the thought of actually moving into your new home can seem daunting. Consider the following moving tips to help make this potentially overwhelming process a little easier.

Sort Your Belongings

To make the actual moving day less stressful, take the time to prepare in advance. First, sort through your belongings to determine what you really want to bring with you. It is likely that some of your items are not longer used or important. Don’t waste the time and effort moving things that you will not be needing in your new home. Instead, either throw away or donate these belongings. If you are looking to make a little money, consider holding a garage sale. For a little work, you can earn some cash and find a new owner for your stuff. Your ultimate goal is to not take things that you don’t need, however. So, implement whatever way is best for you to rid yourself of unnecessary items.

Prepare a Moving Kit

Before moving day arrives, prepare a moving kit and put it in your car. Include the following items in your kit:
•Tape measure
•First aid kit
•Garbage bags
•Paper and pen
•Cleaning supplies

Many of the above items are self-explanatory. For example, you will likely encounter situations where you will need to take something apart or put something together while you are moving it. Therefore, having tools handy will save you the time of searching for what you need. Garbage bags are good for moving items, such as pillows and blankets, as well as collecting up any garbage found during the moving process. The cleaning supplies may be useful in your old and new home. Hopefully the first aid kit won’t be necessary, but if it is it will be nice to have it easily accessible. Finally, the paper and pen will allow you to jot down notes as you are moving. You may realize something you will need to buy for the new home, and will want to write it down before you forget.

Have a Plan for Your Keys

During the confusion that occurs when moving, it is easy to misplace your keys. This can be a big hassle and significantly slow down the moving process. Plan in advance where you will store your keys throughout the moving process. Maybe they will be someplace simple like your pocket or purse. By identifying where you will store your keys, you will be more likely to make a conscientious effort to put them in that place and avoid just setting them down somewhere and forgetting where you put them.

Label, Label, Label

You may feel rushed to get everything out of your old place and into your new home. However, it is worthwhile to take the time to label the boxes you pack. Imagine yourself in your new home surrounded by boxes but you have no idea what is in them. You just want a cup of coffee but don’t know where to begin to look for a coffee mug, much less the coffee maker. Label each box you pack with the contents and the room it belongs in. If it contains fragile items, note that as well. If you have a crew of people helping move, tell them to put the boxes in the appropriate room based on the label. You will be thankful that you spent the time labeling as it will make unpacking and setting up your new home much easier.

Final Walk Through

Before you leave your old residence for the last time, take a final walk through. Inspect the empty rooms to make sure you have not left anything behind. Don’t forget to look in closets, cupboards, and under the sinks. Be sure to check the garage, attic and basement as well.

If you are looking to move into a new home, contact us. We have new home communities available and would be happy to help you through the home buying process.