You got the job. Congratulations! Now it’s time to move. Just the thought of it makes you sweat and shake. Relax, my 12 step ‘shaking-free-moving-plan’ will make your relocation a lower stress experience.

  1. Select your moving company with great care. Ask friends, family and your realtor for references. Make a list of questions to ask. Ask a lot of questions. Make sure you read all paper work thoroughly before you sign anything. You should inquire about extra insurance, especially for more valuable items.Sometimes it is necessary to move into temporary lodging because your new home is not ready. If that happens choose your storage facility with care. Your real estate professional can help.
  2. Make a list of all the things you have to do, like forwarding your mail to the new address, turning off the power, water and cable. It will be good to have the list on your smart phone. Add tasks as soon as you remember. Delete as they get done.
  3. To move all your furniture or not? This is a personal decision you have to make, but do the math first and decide. Any items you haven’t used in the past year or two should be donated to charity or sold at a garage sale. No time to do either? Salvation Army and other charities have pick up services. Call them to pick up. Ask for a receipt. Donated items are potentially tax deductible.
  4. Buy proper moving boxes, (regular boxes do not hold up well),  rolls of heavy duty tape, lots of bubble wrap or paper. You can buy boxes from a storage facility or your movers.Don’t forget to get some heavy duty highlighters or markers.
  5. Pack items by function. For e.g, don’t put ‘pots & pans’ in the same box as small appliances like toasters even though they all belong in the kitchen.
  6. LABEL, LABEL, LABEL. Make use of those highlighters. Label by function and location (room). For example ‘pots and pans’ and ‘Kitchen’ should be on the same box. Don’t forget to label ‘fragile’ and ‘breakable’ items as well.
  7. Wrap all your fine china, glass ware or other valuable items with lots of bubble wrap or paper. Packing plates vertically is better than stacking. If you are driving to your new location, it might be better to keep breakables with you.
  8. Don’t pack your boxes too heavily. It is easier for movers (and yourself) to move them around. Pack heavy items alone, by themselves, preferably in smaller boxes.
  9. Hand Luggage. Keep a few boxes of personal items and that you will need immediately or in the first few days, Sheets, coffee (plus coffeemaker), towels, toothbrush, toilet paper etc. Include food, snacks, bottled water and medications. Other items in your hand luggage should include personal and confidential paperwork like medical and financial records, plus your shipping documents. You might want to keep some Tylenol handy too. You can’t afford to have a headache!
  10. Sometimes the moving truck arrives a few days later than you. Find out if that will happen and prepare. Do you have young ones or teenagers in tow? Stay tuned for our blog on Relocating with Children.  
  11. Phone Numbers. Have the cell phone number of the foreman or driver of your moving crew. Also keep in communication with your real estate professional. Make sure they have the new home move-in ready for you, and more importantly they should know when you will arrive and meet you with the keys, and some food!!
  12. If all else fails, there are companies who will pack, move and clean for you. Perhaps that might be an option to consider. Safe Journey!