The possibility of a new home is interesting. Evacuating and moving your things-- not so much.
We asked Sarah Roussos-Karakaian, whose New York business We OrgaNYze focuses on packaging and unpacking for property moves, to help us create the perfect trouble-free move.
" The most significant error individuals make when they pack, "she says," is not being particular enough."
Taking time on the front end to organize will make sure a much better unloading and moving experience. Here's a week-by-week schedule to assist you handle your move:
8 WEEKS AHEAD
Keep everything related to your move in one location: packaging lists, price quotes, invoices, home mortgage documentation, and so on
. Go room by room estimating the cubic footage of your things to figure out how lots of boxes you'll need.
Purge what you can. Everything you take will cost money to move, so do not haul the exact same unused stuff from attic to attic; be ruthless and get rid of it. Sell it on eBay or Krrb, or donate it, and take a tax reduction.
Order brand-new home appliances. If your new house doesn't come with a fridge or range, or needs an upgrade, order now, so the devices are provided before you relocate.
6 WEEKS AHEAD
Research moving business. Get in-person, written quotes, and check referrals with the Better Service Bureau.
Keep any specialized movers. Moving delicate or expensive products like art, antiques, or a grand piano? Find movers who specialize. Swimming pool tables, for example, usually require a professional to rebuild and dismantle.
Evaluation your mover's insurance. Guarantee the liability insurance coverage your prospective movers carry will cover the replacement worth of anything they may damage.
Call utility business. Set up to have utilities turned off at your old house and switched on at your brand-new place. Find out dates for garbage and recyclable pickup, in addition to any constraints about having packing debris picked up.
Make travel plans. Moving far away or delivering a vehicle? Make travel and auto transport arrangements now. Animals? Arrange kennel time or ask a pal to keep your 4-legged good friends out of the moving turmoil.
Some movers supply boxes. Get more boxes than you believe you'll need, especially easy-to-lift little ones. Don't forget packing tape, colored tape and markers for coding boxes, bubble wrap for prints and mirrors, and packing peanuts.
4 WEEKS AHEAD
Start packing seldom-used products. Box out-of-season clothes and vacation accessories before carrying on to more often used products.
Track boxed items. Create a spreadsheet with color-coded rows for each space and enough columns to cover all packages per room. As you load, mark and number each box (e.g., "Kitchen area 12") on its 4 vertical sides (the top is concealed when boxes are stacked) with the appropriate tape color. As you seal each box, list its contents in your spreadsheet, so you AND the movers will understand what's in each and where it goes.
Get specialized boxes for Televisions and closets. Pull trash bags over hanging clothes in clumps and tie the bags' strings around the bunched hangers to keep contents easy and clean to deal with.
Keep hardware together. Put screws and other hardware from anything you dismantle-- sconces, TELEVISION wall installs, shelves, etc.-- in sealed plastic bags taped to the items themselves. Just beware not to attach the bags onto a surface area that might be harmed by the tape's adhesive.
Modification your address. Fill out USPS forms to have your mail forwarded to your new address. Give your new address to family members, your banks and credit card companies, newspapers and publications, the Department of Motor Automobiles and your employer. There's an extensive list of businesses and companies you may want to inform at Apartmentguide.com.
2 WEEKS AHEAD
Complete loading your home. Label the boxes you load last which contain your most-used products-- laptops, phones, daily dishes, push-button controls, etc.-- with 3 strips of colored tape. Inform movers to keep these boxes easily accessible in the brand-new place.
Validate your dates. Call utility business to make sure your services are set up to be connected the right day, and double-check the relocation time with the movers. If you have actually organized to have your old house cleaned, it's wise to check that task, too.
Defrost your refrigerator and drain gas-powered devices. Unplug the refrigerator to offer it time to defrost and drain. Drain pipes gas get more info and oil from mowers and similar equipment, and dispose of the fluids properly.
Create a "First Night Set." Load a box or over night bag for each family member with a change of medications, toiletries and clothing, plus preferred toys for kids and family pets. Consist of cleansing products, bathroom tissue, treats, an energy knife (for unloading) and an emergency treatment package.
Load your prized possessions. Bring precious jewelry, medications, easily-damaged products and other belongings with you.
Get money to tip the movers and buy pizza for the family. Select up the secrets to your new home.
Arrive ahead of the moving truck. Offer yourself lots of time to determine furniture plan and where things go.
Direct the operation. Describe your system to the moving firm's foreman, and offer him a copy of the spreadsheet before his team starts working.
Take care of your movers. Moving is difficult work, so strategy to provide water and lunch for the movers. When it comes to tipping: For a half-day job, $10 per mover is the general rule; for a full-day, $20 each.
Provide your old home a tidy sweep. If you're a property owner, you'll probably need to do this before the closing. Take photos after you're done-- in case of disagreements if you lease and have a security deposit.
Unpack the bedrooms. Set up the furniture initially to make sure there's a clear path to the bed. Make the beds NOW, so at the end of the day, everybody can just tumble in-- tired.
First Week After The Move
Choose up the family pets. Make sure you have their food, litter and water boxes.
Modification all outside locks. Get a new set of keys to your house and make copies for all member of the family and a couple of extras.
Unpack the kitchen area. Discover those final-items "3 stripes" boxes and unpack.
Praise yourselves. Sure, there's still plenty to do and you most likely won't get as far as you 'd like in the first week. Says Roussos-Karakaian: "If you're hanging art in the first 7 days, you're a rock star."