Moving shouldn’t be so hard, yet when we know that it’s coming, we all slump our shoulders and our friends sympathize with a kindly pat on the back. Why? Because it’s a pain mentally and physically. You need options and solutions to make the process easier because you’re too busy to have that extra stress.
At Unique Home Building, our goal is to help you feel at home, whether it’s a new home build or a remodel. Regardless, you need to feel good about this transition and we are happy to share some of our best tips to reduce stress and keep things moving smoothly. (pun intended!)
Here are some simple rules:
REDUCE. Get rid of what you don’t need. We tend to move many things that we just don’t use and then they stay in the box in the next house forever. The less you pack, the less you have to move and unpack. If it doesn’t have deep family meaning or if you don’t use it often, stick it in a box and drop it off at Goodwill. Other families will be wonderfully grateful.
JUNK DRAWERS. All houses have them. Go through your drawers and put your “must keeps” in sealable plastic bags. You or your movers just can drop the bags into the box, and when you are unpacking, you can just dump it back in. Everything is together. This is especially helpful for junk drawers, utensils, underwear drawers.
MOVE BY ROOM. Box things up one room at a time. Be extra efficient with labels. Use words like, closet, clothes, shoes, dining room utensils..
SMALLER BOXES. Make sure you aren’t afraid to use many small boxes instead of less large ones. The large ones get packed with more things and can become heavy and cluttered. Smaller boxes keep things organized and specific. Easier to put away and easier to transport.
PLAN AHEAD. This one is about utilities. Utility companies need about a month notice to know you will be turning yours off, switched or turned on. Some require appointments that may be booked out 2 weeks. Don’t get stuck without phone, internet or gas, etc. Think ahead. Call your current and future providers and let them know your move date to determine the best on/off services days.
RELAX. Do not move and pack 7 days in a row. Every 3 or 4 days, stop. You will burn out if you just keep going. Even if you stop at noon one day, give yourself a long stretch of doing something relaxing and rejuvenating. Get a massage, go see a movie, workout, take a hike.. anything that gives you a deep breath.
Whether you’re buying, selling or even remodeling, Unique Home Builders are here to support you along the way. Please contact us and let us know how we can best serve you!