An organized and stress-free move is not an unattainable goal. Below I have compiled a guide to steer you though your move and to help you prepare for the big day. Keep the idea of your beautiful new home in the forefront of your mind and with a little due diligence on your part, you'll be lying on the couch watching a movie in no time. Here's how…
So You're Looking for a New Home?
Now is the perfect time to start planning your move, even if you haven't found a home yet!
- Ask your Realtor for the names of professional movers they have worked with in the past.
- Alert your Realtor to your cost parameters
- Alert your Realtor to any special needs such as priceless art work, grand pianos, out-of-state or overseas moves. Not every mover can handle these types of special requests and your Realtor will be able to provide you with a company that is the perfect fit for your move.
- Call for a price quote. (In some instances the moving company may want to do an on-site quote.)
- Inquire if the mover sells recyclable packing boxes and materials.
- If you will not have time to pack, many moving companies offer packing services. Prices vary.
- Start a moving file on your computer or a paper file to hold necessary documents, quotes and emails regarding your move.
- Call your insurance agent to establish if your possessions are covered during your move.
- Begin an inventory of items - especially those that have sentimental meaning.
You've Found Your New Home…Now What?
- Hire the moving company of your choice!
- If you are moving into a high-rise building reserve the elevator for the day and time you would like to move as soon as possible– especially if you are doing so on the weekend. Buildings can get very busy. Remember, if you are moving in, there are other people moving out.
- Moving is a great time to purge! Pack up belongings and donate them to various shelters and good will organizations.
- If you no longer need some of your electronics, TV's and phones, visit www.mygreenelectronics.org to find a local electronics recycler.
- Start packing immediately. It is never too early to begin. At a minimum you should begin packing up non urgent belongings six weeks ahead of your move.
- Remove drapery and area rugs and, if need be, have them cleaned now so when you arrive at your new home everything will be ready to placed.
- Gather valuable papers – medical/dental records, wills, birth certificates and school records and pack them together or put them in a safe deposit box.
You're Moving in Two Weeks?
- Arrange for your new utilities to be up and running on the big day. Call the phone, electric, gas, and cable companies to set-up your new accounts.
- Arrange for any special needs your pets might require. Visit my Pets and Your Home page for additional advice.
- Start to consume the perishable items in your kitchen and refrigerator.
- Cancel or change the address on your newspaper, magazines, and catalogues. The post office may no forward these publications.
- Chance your address with the U.S. Post Office
- Packing Tips
- Wrap items carefully
- Make sure that items within boxes are secure and don't rattle around. Items that do not move will not break.
- Do not over fill a box.
- Clearly mark your boxes with Your Name and the Room where the box belongs in your new home.
- Write "Unpack First" on boxes where you will need the contents immediately.
- Clearly mark boxes that are "Breakable" or "Heavy".
- Rent Wardrobe Cartons from your moving company. They are made to hang clothes and drapes, they reduce wrinkling and the movers take them back before they leave!
- Pack like items together. Breakable with other breakables etc.
- Start with items you don't need and pack the items you use daily last.
- Furniture – empty all drawers.
- If you have small items that could easily get lost in the packing materials, wrap them in colored paper so they can easily be identified.
- Use blankets, linens and even stuffed animals as additional cushioning while packing.
- When packing books make sure to use small boxes so they can be easily lifted.
- Do not pack heavy items on top of shoes.
- You should hand carry anything with you could not replace, jewelry, fur coats, art work, etc.
You're In Your New Home and You Can't Find…?
Create a special box with everything you will need when you take that first step in to your new home.
- Toilet Tissue
- Paper Towels
- Glass Cleaner
- Bottled Water
- Snack Foods
- Paper Plates and Plastic Utensils
- Tool Kit
- Light Bulbs
- Dog/Cat Toys, Food and Bowls
The Movers are Gone…!
Open a bottle of Champagne or Sparkling Grape Juice and enjoy your new home!
If you have any suggestions that would make moving more easy, please submit them to me at Liane@OnlineChicagoRealEstate.com