Leaving your house behind and moving into another home can be a particularly poignant process. Depending on the situation, you’ll experience an array of emotions. This may include sadness, anxiety, excitement, anticipation, nostalgia, fear, or unease.
Every move is unique and it’s impossible to completely control your emotions. You can, however, lessen the presence of negative vibes and put your mind at ease by being strategic with how you prepare for and execute the move.
5 Tips for a Smooth Move
Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, moving is a tiring process that requires time, energy, and resolve. But if you put the following tips into practice, it won’t be nearly as difficult as it otherwise may be.
- Cut Your Possessions in Half
Did you know that there are 300,000 items in the average American home? You may find that shocking to believe, but it’ll become very apparent the moment you pack up and move.
You can make things easier by decluttering prior to your move. Set a goal of cutting your possessions in half. Donate, sell, or trash anything that doesn’t make you happy or serve a specific function. (If an item hasn’t been used in the last 12 months, it’s probably a sign that you don’t need it.)
- Organize By Room
Once you box up items and load them onto a truck, it’s hard to know exactly where your items are. The more you can do to organize your possessions during the packing phase, the less trouble you’ll have locating items when unpacking.
The best thing you can do is organize possessions by the room (according to the new house). Give each room a number or color code and don’t overfill the boxes.
You may also take the time to prioritize which boxes need to be unpacked first. Write something like “urgent” or “open first” on the boxes that take priority.
- Keep Track of Everything
It’s easy to lose items (or entire boxes) in a move. Even if it goes against your personality, be particular about carefully tracking everything. Keeping a notebook with an itemized list of all boxes, furniture, and loose possessions will allow you to take inventory upon move-in.
- Get Familiar With Your New Place
“Before getting too far along in your move-in process, it’s a sharp idea to locate all the structure’s key systems and components,” Green Residential advises. “If you haven’t already, walk around your new home and identify the main circuit breaker, water heater, AC and furnace units (if applicable), the main water shutoff valve, dryer vents, alarm panels, motion sensors, fire extinguishers, and entry points.”
By locating all of your home’s key systems, you know where to go in case of an emergency or breakdown. If, for example, you accidentally bust something through the drywall and knock a hole in a pipe, you can quickly run and turn off the main water shutoff valve and limit the damage. This might sound like a long shot, but you always want to be prepared.
- Get Some Help
If you have a big move in front of you, some assistance in the form of human labor can be a huge help. But if you’re going to ask friends to help you move, proceed with caution and don’t overstep.
When asking a friend, acknowledge the fact that moving isn’t fun and that they’d be doing you a favor. You should also provide specific details about what you need and when you need them. Offering bottled water, snacks, pizza, and beer is a nice way to show your gratitude.
Some moving tasks are bigger than others, however. While anyone can haul boxes around and unpack basic items, you shouldn’t ask a friend to wrap up your family heirloom or carry a 200-pound solid wood dresser up three flights of stairs. Use discretion and know when to call in the professionals.
Develop a Proactive Strategy
A move isn’t something you can wing. With so many different moving parts, you’ll quickly find yourself overwhelmed. But by implementing a proactive strategy that accounts for possible points of friction, you can streamline the process and make your life a whole lot easier.
Start planning today.