Let’s face it, moving can be one of the most stressful times in life. As a real estate broker, I have been fortunate enough to help hundreds of people buy or sell and ultimately MOVE. Having just moved, I thought I would give a few tips if you have a move coming up in the near future:
1.) Get organized and do it early. Moving is never easy, but getting organized early with cleaning out the old “stuff” can help. Donations to your favorite charity really come into play here. My wife deserves 100% of the credit in the organization category. On top of caring for our 15 month old triplets, she had our family so organized to move, no one could believe it.
2.) Pack the fragile items yourself. Everyone has items that just can’t be broken. Pack and move these yourself. Even the most experienced movers break things from time to time.
3.) Hire (great) movers. If the pocket book allows, having at least a few extra (paid) hands and a truck goes a long way. If hiring is out of the question, solicit family & friends and be prepared to feed and hydrate them well.
4.) Start the transfer of address process a couple weeks prior to your move. At Gulf Pointe Properties, we recently launched a service that will help facilitate your change of address. Everything from changing your mailing address, to address on credit cards, banks, magazine subscriptions, etc. This process now only takes a matter of 10 minutes with our new service.
5.) Prioritize. Once you get everything in to the new home, getting everything set up can be overwhelming. Whether it’s organizing closets, finishing remodel or hanging art work, everything takes time. We are the kind of people who do not like living in chaos, so having things incomplete is a challenge. Make a list and prioritize and everything will eventually get done. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
6.) Enjoy the new home. In the hustle & bustle of a move, it’s easy to lose site of the big picture. You moved for a reason, now take a few moments to breathe and enjoy the new place.
If you find yourself moving in the near future, hopefully these few tips help. I also have many great contacts in the service industry if you are ever in need of anything around the house. Let me know!