If you’ve decided to sell, you might be wondering how to prepare for a move. The long list of things you need to do when you move house can be overwhelmed. With the right planning and preparation, you can check everything off your to-do list and still have time to relax. With this guide, you can get prepared for moving day and settled into your new home, drama free.
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If you want to prepare like a pro for a big move, then getting organized is key. With all of the scheduling, coordinating, and filing you will need to do after the next few weeks, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and lost. Stay organized with these tips.
Buy A Binder And Create A Moving Folder
First of all, you will need to buy a binder or notebook, and make a moving file on your computer. With this, you have somewhere to keep important things like your moving checklist, organize your timeline, and store all of your moving paperwork. Create a folder for moving documents, contracts, and receipts. You also need files for important personal documents, like family passports, and the financial documents for your new home, like the mortgage agreement.
Download A Moving Checklist
Whether you’re moving for the first time, moving into an apartment, or moving for the 15th time, you will need a checklist. Using the checklist, you can start building your moving timeline. It’s helpful to plan your move in weekly increments; plan for 8 weeks, 4 weeks, 2 weeks, and 1 week. This allows you to break your move into smaller, more manageable projects that are easier to tackle.
Take inventory of your belongings and estimate how much your move will cost. Depending on the size of van you need, the costs may vary. You can use your inventory to get quotes from companies like Allied Van Lines. Your inventory needs to account for every single thing you own. You can use this list for hiring a moving company and for getting insurance.
Set A Moving Budget
Before you get too far in your planning, decide on your moving budget. Make sure you include all of your moving costs and any money that you will post-move for new furniture, repairs, or anything else. You need to keep proof of all your moving expenses, which can be stored in your moving folder.
Schedule You Time
Knowing how to prepare for a move also means knowing to prepare for the upheaval of moving. Even after you have found the best time to move and planned your new commute, life can still happen. Make sure you prepare for things to go wrong or get a little confusing. It can help to set aside some time each week just for you. Treat yourself to a face mask, take a bath, exercise, or whatever else you need to do to take care of yourself.