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Don’t Let These Tips Slip Your Mind During a Move


We already know that moving can be a complete disaster in both practice and emotionally speaking if you don’t properly prepare.

Perhaps the easiest way and most important aspect of moving will be getting a full, professional home inspection; whether it’s a seller’s inspection or buyer’s inspection.

Get the most bang for your buck and save yourself from future problems by letting us assess your home!

In our last post we talked you through some important tips to maintain sanity while moving, but today we want to go over some crucial factors and resources that will be key in crafting your stress-free move.

Because moving, especially if you have a large family, can be incredibly taxing it’s no surprise that you will forget a few things, some of which may feel unforgettable. We’re here to help you in planning your big move.

1. Change the Locks

You don’t know who has keys to your new home, don’t take any chances and have the locks changed before moving in.

2. Steam Clean

Give your new home a fresh start by having the carpets steam cleaned before moving in furniture.

This will require a little planning, and you can save money by renting or borrowing a steam cleaner and doing the work yourself.

Again, if you don’t have the time look for a professional service or hire hourly help from TaskRabbit.

3. Fight off Unwanted Guests

No, we don’t mean nosey neighbors! We’re talking about the little critters like termites, ants and or mice. Tackle this issue before moving in to save yourself frustration.

4. Moving Survival Kit

This should be done before packing the major items in your home and should stay with you during the move, aka in your car.

This could be a few bags that have all the things you’ll need right away medications, some clothes, food, new keys, pet supplies, etc.

Some key items to include: Passport and important documents (because you want to keep them close), garbage bags, cleaning supplies, a utility knife, flashlights, and toilet paper will be useful.

5. Remember the Outdoor Items

Often people forget the small stuff in the backyard, like the bird feeder, wind chimes, or the statue you got for Mother’s Day. Bring these things inside when packing, so you don’t leave them behind.

6. Prepare Appliances

Especially the big ones. If you’re taking your refrigerator, you need to make sure it’s ready to go at least 24 hours before the move. It should be completely dry and empty before moving.

7. Let the Post Office Know

Fill out the change of address form at least two weeks before moving to ensure your mail arrives to your new location.

8. Color Code

Assign each room a color then put that color on the outside of the box. For example, say all the kitchen boxes will be yellow then you paint a small, visible area of the box yellow.

Additionally, this can help movers by letting them know which color goes to which space.

What are some other tips you like to use when moving? Have you recently purchased a house or are looking into buying one?

Stay away from the money pit by letting us do your home inspection, call the pros today!

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