Do you have a future move planned? Moving can be complicated, especially since moving season is now officially upon us. We want to share seven tips to make the moving process easier for you.
Take advantage of move-in off days. Weekends are prime times for moving companies because most of us don’t work on the weekends. However if you can spare a few days during the week to move, it will save you money. You can also save money by not moving on the day when leases start and end, so avoid the 1st, 15th, 30th, and 31st of the month.
Don’t choose the cheapest quote. It can mean the cheapest service as well. Cheap moving companies will often cost you more in the long run. Pack without emotion. Packing can be a quicker process if you don’t have a sentimental attachment to your items
Have the new place cleaned before you move in. Moving into a new home that is sparkling clean alleviates the stress of having to clean while the boxes are sitting around waiting to be unpacked.
Measure twice, move once. If a piece of furniture doesn’t fit in the new home, considering tossing, selling, or donating it. There is no point in paying to move if it doesn’t fit.
Pack smart. If you end up packing yourself, find friends to help you. Consider having a packing party and supply pizza and beer in exchange for their help.
Make sure you know if your city requires a moving permit. Most cities that do require you to get a permit also require you to get it ahead of your move.
If you have any questions about this topic or are looking to buy or sell a home, give us a call. We’d be happy to help!
Moving is just plain stressful and that’s for humans who know exactly what’s happening. Think about how stressful it is for your pet who has no clue why life is changing. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the stress of a move for your pet there are things that you can do to make sure it’s as smooth as possible for your fur baby.
Transporting your pet – it doesn’t matter if you’re moving across town or across the country make sure you setup a comfortable place for your pet to ride. It’s best for them to ride in a bed that they’re used too. If your pet has a fear of the car talk to your veterinarian on the best procedure to follow for the move.
Security – once you arrive to your new home keep your pet on a leash or in their crate. This is new territory and it’s very common for your pet to be scared. Scared animals initial reaction is to run. There’s nothing worse than a lost pet, particularly during a move. Be extra careful to make sure your pet isn’t let out to run around unless it’s in a fenced area where he or she can’t escape.
Anxiety – if you think your pet is a candidate for anxiety medicine when a move is taking place consult with your veterinarian in advance. Just like humans handle stress differently, so do our pets. Some animals can use a little extra help to remain calm during a move. It’s best to plan ahead and talk with your vet to go over options well before the day of your move.
Contact information – make sure you update your pets contact info on their collar or microchip prior to your move. Always list your cell phone, house phones won’t do much good during a move. With the right steps in place a lost pet won’t be a concern but, better safe than sorry. If your pet isn’t microchipped consider having it done. Not only will it give you peace of mind during your move but, also for the rest of your pet’s life.
Food and water – decide where you want your pet’s food and water to go in your new home prior to moving your pet. It causes pet’s anxiety when their bowls are constantly moved so you don’t want to set them somewhere when you bring your pet to the new home for the first time and then move them around as you get settled in. Now is not the time to get them new bowls. We can understand that with a new home comes new (and fun) furnishings but, hold off on that for your pet until they’re really settled in and comfortable in their new surroundings. The goal is to limit the changes in their world to as few as possible.
Toys and treats – give your pet their favorite toys and the treats they’re used to having to help them make the adjustment. Their stressed is eased through items that are familiar to them.
Most importantly pour on some extra love and attention. Moving isn’t fun for anyone and it can be especially hard on pets because of the uncertainty that it brings into their lives. Carve our time multiple times a day to give them attention and reassure them that you’re moving together. Once you’re at your new home keep their schedule as similar as possible. When they’re settled into their new surroundings take them out in a secure environment and explore the new area with them. They’ll start thinking its home very soon too!
How To Determine What To Take With You When You Move – Take It or Toss It?
We recently wrote a post about working on getting your home ready for sale on the interior while it’s still cold out. Tackling overflowing closets by getting rid of items you no longer use was one of our main points. It got me thinking that while de-cluttering sounds easy to many of us (and for some it is) for others it poses the question of what to take and what to toss?
Clothing – start by asking yourself when the last time was that you wore it. If the answer is more than a year ago the odds of wearing it anytime soon aren’t high. Toss it! If you still can’t decide ask yourself if you’d buy it again – perhaps in a different size or color. If the answer is no it’s time to toss it.
Household items – if you have multiple sets of dishes that you don’t use it might be time to get rid of some or maybe you’ve accumulated various sets of bed sheets over the years and aren’t sure what to take with you. We again recommend asking yourself a couple questions to determine the take it or toss it answer. If you’re using an item regularly chances are there’s no question you’re taking it but, if it’s been collecting dust ask yourself if you want to pay to move it.
Sentimental items – this can be a broad category. Things from high school, items your grandparents gave you, something from on old flame – the list can go on and on. Hold an item in your hand and see what memory it jogs. If you can’t recall where it came from you don’t need to move it with you but, if it’s an item that you’d be sad if it were broken or lost it’s likely worth taking.
Cleaning and organizing prior to a move means you will have gotten rid of or donated what you don’t want and in turn won’t be paying to move it. It’s time consuming but, well worth it to save money on your move and not clutter up a new home as soon as you move in. Invest the time it takes to go through each item and make a decision on what it is you really need.