Whether your new home is just down the street, in a nearby town or across the country, moving can be stressful. There’s a lot of work to be done before that final box is unpacked, and it’s easy to overlook everything that needs to be done before your departure.
First, we’d hate to see you go if you’re leaving the HOA community, but we hope you enjoyed your home here. Before you head out, here are some important tips to help make this huge transition smoother:
Shipping Notes: If you’re shipping items, keep the shipment registration number with you. You may need this number when calling your mover and when tracking your shipments.
Bed Ready: Consider placing your sheets, blankets and towels in an easy-to-access place like a dresser drawer so you don’t have to go searching for them your first night in your new home.
Freshen the Fridge: If you’re bringing your refrigerator, thoroughly clean and dry the inside before passing it on to the movers. Be sure to put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock inside to keep it smelling fresh.
Pack Wisely: Don’t make the job harder than it needs to be – heavy items go in small boxes; lighter items go in larger boxes.
Safe Memories: Keep items that are significant to you, like pictures in your car. If something is irreplaceable, you don’t want to regret potentially losing it later. To keep items like framed photos or art safe, place sheets or blankets between them.
Protect Plates: Plates should be packed on end vertically, rather than flat and stacked.
Bare Necessities: Cell phones, chargers, toilet paper, toiletries, snacks, drinks, soap, flashlights, screwdrivers, pliers, can openers, paper plates, cups, utensils, some pans, paper towels and cleaning supplies are some of the essentials you may need upon arrival. Pack a box with these items, label it clearly and load it last.
Bulb Basics: Remove light bulbs from your lamps and pack them separately.
Involve the Kids: To keep them busy, ask your children to write their names and new address on the boxes for their room. Repetition like this will help them remember their new address.
Pet Care: On moving day, ask a friend or neighbor to watch your pet at their house. This will keep your pet calm, safe and out of the way.
Plant Care: Try not to let foliage rest against car windows; the leaves could burn due to glass intensifying sun rays.
Take the time to implement these tips to properly prepare for the move—it may seem like more work upfront, but ultimately it can save you lots of stress in the long run. Good luck, and don’t forget to say goodbye!