So you've made it all the way through the home buying process, and the closing is finally behind you. Congratulations! Now you have one more step: moving into your brand-new home.
Moving can be hectic, even under the best of circumstances. Coordinating so many different tasks can be tricky. However, Our REALTORS® have found that careful planning and preparation are the keys to managing the chaos. If you're getting ready to move into your new home, here is a quick list of mistakes you'll want to avoid during the process:
- Don't Forget To Declutter Before The Move
There couldn't be a better time to sift through all the junk you've accumulated over the years and part with what you don't need. Decluttering before a move is so important. You don't want to move junk from one location to another. By getting rid of junk ahead of time, you can reduce the number of items you need to move. Start by grouping your stuff into three categories: things to keep, things to donate, and things to throw away.
- Moving Without Professionals
Recruiting friends, family, and anyone with a truck to help you move might save you a few hundred dollars, but it's often not worth the hassle. Not only is it a ton of work, but attempting a DIY move also puts your belongings and property at risk of damage. Professional movers have the skills and equipment to get your move done efficiently, plus they also carry insurance in case something is damaged in the process. Remember, companies can book up fast, so if you're closing on one of these Bronxville homes for sale, now is the time to start calling the movers.
- Inefficient Packing
When it comes to moving, there is a right way and a wrong way to pack. You should start packing several weeks before your actual move date. Begin with the belongings you won't need in the short term (think basement and attic items). Make sure your boxes are full. Partially filled boxes just lead to more boxes, which means more to move. Also, avoid putting heavy items in large boxes, and don't forget to add bubble wrap to protect your fragile items.
- Forgetting The Checklist
Coordinating a move involves so many pieces, including packing, scheduling movers, utility management, and unpacking (just to name a few). Even the most organized planners will forget things, which is why it's so important to write things down. Make a to-do list, assign task owners, and share it with your family. This will help ensure things don't slip through the cracks.
- Change Your Address Ahead Of Time
It might seem obvious, but it's easy to forget to change your address in the middle of a chaotic move. Therefore, it's a good idea to do it as soon as you close on your home. Start by changing your address with the utility companies and the bank. Then, work with your postal service to set up a mail forwarding service so that mail sent to your previous address will automatically route to your new address.
Moving is rarely an easy process, but it's much more manageable when you start early and allow yourself time. For more moving tips, contact us today.