Five Tips for a Stress-Free Move

Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 4:59pm.

Five Tips for a Stress-Free Move

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a veteran, moving can be one of the most stressful parts of owning your new home. The moving process can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together a few tips to help make your move as stress-free as possible.

1) Compare Moving Companies- Movers will be responsible for transporting your belongings to your new home, so it’s important to choose carefully. Start by comparing companies online or over the phone. Each moving company will vary in their services, costs, and experience. Ask for a free estimate of the cost of your move. Companies may charge by the hour or by each item moved, as well as for travel time. There may also be potential fees for moving large items like pianos. Be sure to ask about insurance and cancellation policies. Don’t wait until the last minute to book movers, especially during busy times like the summer. If you can, we advise booking movers at least 2-4 weeks in advance. You can find moving companies our Realtors trust and recommend on our Preferred Vendors page.

2) Create an Inventory List- It can be easy to lose track of items during your move. Making a list of the items in your home can help you keep track of them throughout the moving process. Your list should include items like kitchen appliances, decorative elements (pictures, vases, etc), and all furniture items. It is especially important to include valuable items on your list as well, including jewelry, electronics, and any other items that could go missing during your move. Consider color-coding each box with a different color for each room, and mark these colors on your inventory list.

3) Pack First Night Essentials- Moving is a long process, and it may take you a few days or weeks to completely unpack. Essential items like a change of clothes, toiletries, toilet paper, medicines, paper plates, and plastic cups and cutlery, can be packed in one box to be opened first at your new house. Keep tools and scissors handy so you can easily put furniture together and open boxes. Other items that could be added to this first night kit are clean sheets, towels, and even small, non-perishable snacks.

4) Keep Important Items With You- If you’re concerned about misplacing your valuables, keep them with you! Save all of your important documents, including birth certificates, tax records, and other paperwork with identifying information, in a folder that you bring to the new house. Some moving companies may not transport certain valuable items, like expensive jewelry, so be sure to check with your chosen company.

5) Prepare Your Pet- The chaos and change of moving can be stressful on your pets too, so be sure to take extra care of your furry companions during the move. Keep your pets in a separate room with the door closed during the process of loading your items to keep them calm and out of the way of the movers. If you will be spending a significant amount of time in the car, make sure your pet is familiar with their crate or carrier. When you arrive at your new home, gradually let your pet explore your new home and get familiar with their new surroundings.

For more tips to help you settle into your new home, check out our New Homeowner’s Checklist. If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Austin, please contact us today!

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