Where to begin
Once all the stress of making offers, negotiating and closing on your new home is over, you have to worry about moving and everything that comes with it. How do you organize for a move? The first thing you should do is call a bunch of different moving companies to get quotes. Quotes will be based on how far you are moving, the size of your current home and the style of the home you are moving to (if its an apartment, is there an elevator or lots of stairs? ). With this information the movers will be able to determine how long the move will take, the size of the truck needed and how many people it will take to move you.
Once you have secured a moving company to get you to your new home, you’ll want to begin packing. You can begin packing far in advance by packing up seasonal items you won’t need before the move, as well as seasonal clothing and furniture items that aren’t essential. Go room-by-room, pack up guest rooms, formal dining areas and storage areas such as your garage or basement. By tackling your packing in this manner, you get to spread the work out over a period of time, making it easier to manage.
Decide what can go
Not everything in your home is essential, or even gets used. Moving is a great time to sift through your closets, storage areas, junk drawers and cupboards. Thin out your possessions before moving into your new home. If you have things you haven’t used or worn in over year, chances are you can get rid of them. Donate any clothes that are still in good condition, and consider donating your used furniture to charities such as Habitat for Humanity.
By taking these steps you can make moving to your new home less work and a quicker process by being organized and reducing the amount of stuff to move.