Take the Stress Out of Moving

Dated: April 28 2022

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Packing can be a chore but once you have a plan it’s really more manageable. As you think about moving you may be experiencing feelings of excitement around taking possession of your new home and probably some feelings of stress involving all that you need to do. Let’s see if these tips can help reduce that stress.

Tip 1: Determine your moving date then start packing.

Professional organizers agree, the best way to tackle preparing your home for a move is one step at a time. Instead of waiting until a few days before your move-in date to begin packing, do a little each day. Use the weeks up to moving day to clear out, clean up, and pack items you’re not using on a daily basis. If you’re looking for places to donate gently used household items check out my blog post, Leave It Perk or Donate It: Charitable Giving Tips.

Tip 2: Make a plan and use lists.

Before you begin packing boxes make a plan and use lists to keep track of all you’d like to do. Leading organizers suggest numbering the boxes or using a color code. A streamlined system could be using “LR” for living room and numbering the boxes for this room such as LR1, LR2, LR3, etc. Keep a master list with the total number of boxes so you know if a box has gone wayward. If you want to keep track of specific items, make a note on your master list. For instance, LR3 - household electronics and cables.

HINT: Instead of writing your number or color code on only one side of the box, write it on the top and sides. This way if a box lands upside down or is turned, at a glance you will still be able to read your marking code.

When you have a plan, you will avoid packing things for the new home you no longer need or won’t work well in the new rooms simply because you’re in a hurry to get everything on the moving truck.

Tip 3: Coordinate utility connections and disconnections.  

When you call to plan the disconnection date for your current home use this time to coordinate hook-up connections at the new place. It feels good to know the utilities will be in place when you move in.  

Tip 4: Gather your packing supplies.

You probably have some materials going to the new home which can serve a double-duty as packing materials. Bath and kitchen towels work well to pack around dishware and other breakables. Tablecloths and pillowcases wrapped around photo frames and other glassware keep these fragile pieces from bumping against one another. Rather than remove clothing from hangers to fold and pack reach for a large garbage bag. Cut a small hole into the bottom of the bag for slipping the hanger hooks through and instantly you’ve made an extra-large garment bag cover for these items. On moving day keep a few boxes and a marker for packing last minute items.

Tip 5:  Think Outside the Box - Luggage, storage containers, and unconventional holders.

Everything must go so allow it to serve a double-duty during the move. Use luggage, storage totes, waste baskets, backpacks, and any other box/basket type containers going to the new home as containers. This also saves on the number of cardboard boxes needed.  

Tip 6: Keep it together.

Keep “Likes” with other similar things. Wall art and framed pictures go with picture hooks and your level and hanging tools. Group the light bulbs, extension cord, lamp shade and bases in the same container. When you unpack in the new room everything you need is at your fingertips.

Tip 7: Safeguard your valuables.

It’s best to move your jewelry, heirlooms, important documents, and other similar valuables with you in your personal vehicle instead of placing these in any packing box to go with the movers. It’s worth reviewing your homeowner’s insurance for any guidelines about coverage during the move.

Tip 8: Tidy up as you go.

Take a moment to clean rooms as they empty then close the door and know it’s ready for the next homeowner. Tidying up as you go will save you time later on when all you want to think about is settling in to your new place. Also remember to pack your cleaning supplies together for easy access when unpacking at your new home.

Tip 9: Packing for your first night in the new home.

Pack an overnight bag fill with everything you may need on your first night in your new home. If you’re too tired to unpack everything on Day One you will only need to find this bag to have all you’ll need for a good night’s rest. Include your toiletries, pajamas, a fresh set of clothes for each person for the next day, and any special items required by family members. Even if you get all of your packing completed with furniture arranged and cupboards filled, this bag makes knowing your first night items are in one place…within easy reach.

Tip 10: Prepare your pets.

Read my blog post, Preparing Pets for the Big Household Move, for numerous tips to help your pets transition to the new home with minimal stress and interruptions to their routines.  

Yes, it is possible to take the stress out of moving. Planning ahead helps. Remember I’m here to answer your questions and help both buyers and sellers to incur as little stress as possible during their home transition. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

Since 2004 Sara Lyn Nguyen continues to bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate around the Houston area to those she serves. Sara is a multi-year award winning REALTOR® and relocation specialist where her clients trust her to have up-to-date information on the real estate market. She has been one of Gary Greene’s Multi-Million Dollar Top Producers and was the #2 Top Producing agent in 2020 citywide. When it’s time to buy, sell, invest, or relocate speak with a trusted professional knowledgeable in the homes and neighborhoods of Fort Bend/Sugar Land and the surrounding region.

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Sara Nguyen

Integrity and Experience - Your Realtor for Life. I am committed to placing the goals of my clients first and providing the highest level of service. Sara Lyn Nguyen - Realtor, wife, mother and volunt....

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