Whoever said moving is no fun clearly never moved into a brand new home. Sure, it’s a lot of work, but there’s also a ton of excitement. You’ll make memories for years in your new WestWind home, and that process starts now.
It’s good to have a plan for any big task. We want to provide new homeowners with resources to make things easy. Let’s look at how to pack efficiently, make sure transporting your items goes smoothly and settle in quickly.
Making Packing Easier
As soon as you choose your new home, you’re going to be itching to start toting in your things. If you’re buying a move in ready home, that could be happening in a matter of weeks. Even if you’re building a home from scratch, you don’t want to wait until the last minute to pack.
Start boxing up items you don’t use much. Seasonal items and clothing can be the first to go. Go through cabinets and drawers to throw out or pack products you forgot you owned. Take time to protect photo albums and family heirlooms. If you pack a few boxes a day, you’ll have a large portion of the packing done before moving week. Here are tips for easy packing and unpacking.
Ruthlessly Cut Clutter
This is the time to start fresh. If you haven’t worn it in months, donate it. If you’ve been meaning to fix it for a long time but it’s still broken, throw it away. If you can’t find the match or it no longer goes with the rest of your stuff, get rid of it.
Make it easier by separating things into piles. If it’s furniture or designer clothing still in good shape, post it online and put items in one pile. If someone is interested, you can swap them for cash. Get a big box to hold old clothes, books and toys for when you’re ready to drop them off at a donation center. Make a similar collection of items you need to carry out to the trash.
Once you’ve separated your unwanted items, don’t go back through things unless someone contacts you to buy what you’ve posted for sale. That could lead to you hanging on to things you shouldn’t. When you’re through with your purge, take them straight to their designated location.
Gather These Supplies
You can buy boxes or pick them up for free from Rio Grande Valley grocery stores, office supply stores or other retailers. Call ahead to find out when they’re most likely to have an assortment available.
Stock up on quality packing tape and duct tape. Buy a package of Sharpies in assorted sizes. If you have just one, you’ll spend half your time hunting for it. Black stands out best, but you also might want to use assorted hues to color-code by room.
You’ll need plenty of padding. Use bubble wrap, foam peanuts, tissue paper, newspaper and anything else you can get your hands on. If you run out, you can use cup towels, T-shirts and socks, but don’t skip padding on delicate items. Too many people have reasoned they’re just going across town only to experience heartbreak when their treasures arrived in pieces. You’ll also need blankets for padding larger items.
Use Small Boxes for Heavy Items
When you’re packing books, pots and pans or other heavy items, use your smaller boxes. Otherwise, it’s too tempting to pack every bit of available space. You’ll wish you hadn’t when you have to load and unload.
Write on the top and at least one side so you don’t have to unstack everything to see where it goes. Write the contents, what room it belongs in and any special handling instructions. It’s also helpful to mark boxes by unpacking priority. For example, you’ll want your everyday dishes right away, but you probably won’t need photos from past vacations until after you’re moved in.
Keep Essentials Separate
Think what you would pack if you were going away for a week. When you move, everything you own ends up in boxes or protected by blankets and plastic. You don’t want to have to sort through it all to find what you need for your first night in your new home. Pack toiletries, pajamas, a few days worth of comfortable clothing, pillows and bedding where you can find it right away.
Phone Calls and Service Transfers
Make phone calls and fill out online forms to schedule the following:
- Professional Moving Companies – Online research is great, but you may also have to make phone calls to compare rates and schedule service.
- Calls For Help – Even if you’re having professional movers, you can probably use help from family and friends. Call in favors early and send reminders as your day approaches.
- Call Your Boss – Take time off for moving.
- Schedule Utility Disconnection – Once you have your moving date, call your utility providers to schedule disconnection at your current address. Call your cable company, telephone service provider, gas, electric and water company and any others that provide service at your address.
- Other Services – Do you have meal boxes or pet product subscriptions that come to your current address? What about your seasonal pest treatment or twice yearly A/C service contract?
- Mail Forwarding – Do it online at USPS.com and you can pick the date you want mail forwarding to start.
- New Utility Service – Everything you just shut off will need to be connected at your new home in Rio Grande Valley.
- Schedule Repairs – If you’re renting and there are repairs or paint touch-ups needed to get your deposit back, check into it before moving day. You’re not going to want to mess with it once you move into your new home in Rio Grande Valley.
If you’re moving out of town, you’ll also have your work cut out for you gathering school and medical records and finding a new lawn service, gym, primary care physician and pharmacy.
Measurements to Know
If your furniture and appliances have been in the same place for a while, you may not remember how you got them there. Plus, your new home in Rio Grande Valley probably has features your old one doesn’t.
Measure furniture and interior space to make sure everything will fit as planned. Otherwise, you could have frustrated movers and a jumbled mess when you try to settle in. Measure the depth, width and height of these items:
- Your couch, loveseat and bulky recliners
- Tables and desks
- All the appliances you’re moving
- Large pieces like pool tables, pinball machines and pianos
In your new home, plan how you’ll carry items in. It doesn’t just matter where they’ll finally rest, determine how you’ll get them there. Measure your front and back doors to see both how tall and wide they are. Note any sharp corners you’ll have to navigate with bulky pieces. Check interior doors – will your dresser fit in the bedroom? Will that sofa go up the stairs? Als,o note any low hanging ceiling fixtures you’ll need to watch for when moving in tall items.
Move-In Supplies Checklist
When moving in to your new home in Rio Grande Valley, these are the items you’ll need first.
- Mattresses, pillows and bedding
- Tools – A hammer, nails, measuring tape, screwdrivers or drill, screws, wall hooks and wall anchors and other basics
- A shower curtain and rod unless your new home in Rio Grande Valley has glass doors
- Toilet paper
- A basic first aid kit with band aids, painkiller, antiseptic, decongestants and antihistamines
- Cleaning supplies – Glass cleaner, disinfectant, stainless steel cleaner, toilet scrubber, dish and dishwasher soap, paper towels, a broom, dustpan and mop
- Kitchen basics – Use paper plates and cups so you don’t have to do dishes while you unpack. You also might want your coffee pot, toaster, food storage containers, a few pots and pans and cooking utensils
- Batteries, extension cords, power strips and charging cables
If you also packed clothes and toiletries like you’re going on a trip, you have what you need for your first night in your new home. Everything else you can unpack as you have time.
How to Unpack Quickly and Efficiently
This is where your hard prep work is going to pay off. It’s easier to unpack than it is to sort through, organize, bubble wrap and label. If you labeled boxes by room and you’ve marked what’s in them, systematically work through one room at a time.
Start with the items you marked high priority for unpacking. They probably include supplies for the bathroom, your everyday clothes and shoes, dishes, cups and pots and pans. Hook up appliances so you can wash clothes and watch TV.
If you cook, unpack the rest of the kitchen next. You’ll work more efficiently if you don’t have to hunt to get meals together. Next priority is the bedrooms and bathrooms.
If you placed your living room furniture, you have somewhere to sit at the end of long days. Your decorative and seasonal items can wait until last.
If you haven’t already found your new home in Rio Grande Valley, we can help. Schedule an appointment to talk with one of our experts today.