Find a new home by the start of the school year: that’s the goal for tons of summer homebuyers. That makes the end of summer a mad dash to get into your new home and settled before the first day of school. Moving day is often more chaotic than you expect it to be, but if you’re prepared, it doesn’t have to be.
What should families do make the move easier? Here are some quick tips to get your ducks in a row for moving day.
Divvy up responsibilities - and don’t forget about the dog.
Having a plan is one of the best ways to help make your move less of a confusing situation. Each member of the family should be responsible for packing, organizing and cleaning one area of the house. The sooner you have everyone’s responsibilities set, the sooner you can start tackling each piece of your big move.
Furthermore, you should make plans for what to do with pets that need to be prepped and out of the way on moving day. Your pet checklist for moving should include updating their ID tags, one last trip to the vet, and maybe even an appointment for boarding to save them from the chaos of moving day.
Throw out anything you don't need.
There is no obligation to take everything with you that is currently in your home. In fact, moving can provide a great opportunity to get rid of clutter or finally make that donation to charity. When you are boxing up your home, be realistic about what you really need, and what it is time to part with.
Clothes from last school year that the kids have grown out of, old toys, holiday decorations that haven’t seen the light of day in years, and outdated home décor should be at the top of your list of things that can be set aside for Goodwill. The less you need to take with you to your new home, the simpler your move will be.
Hire a professional moving company – trust us.
Moving day is always easier when you have help. Professionals will tell you in advance exactly how long it will take to move everything out of your home or apartment into your new place. Some companies, such as Walsh Moving & Storage in Long Beach, know that moving always takes more time than anticipated. This makes it easier to decide whether or not to take the day off from work or choose between taking the kids to daycare or simply leaving them with grandma for the day.
While moving day is stressful, you shouldn't make it harder than it needs to be. With good planning and lots of help, your move can be completed in one weekend. If you haven't found that new home yet, work with a First Team agent and we'll help you set a buying timeline to fit your family's schedule.