As exciting as buying a new home can be, it is often overshadowed by the moving process. Regardless of who you are or where you are going, nobody likes moving. The thought of pouring through everything you have accumulated over the years is often enough to make you think twice about moving. However, it doesn’t have to stress you out. Like everything else in the buying process, the more informed and prepared you are the easier it will be. Moving all your belongings may seem intimidating but is often much easier than you think. Here are four tips to help with your next move.
Don’t Cram.One of the biggest reasons that moving out is stressful is because it is done all at once. Even though people list their home for sale it doesn’t become real until closer to closing day. Many people don’t start going through everything until they know they are really moving. At this point they scramble to fit the move into a weekend. Trying to pack years of items in a few days is stressful for anyone. The first piece of advice is to give yourself plenty of time. Even before your home is listed you should take inventory of what you have, what you are keeping and what you may be getting rid of. This way you can get a jump on the process. By the time a contract is signed all the small items will be boxed up, in storage of already off your property.
Organize. When you are moving it is very tempting to try to finish the process as quickly as possible. You want to just throw everything in a few boxes or bins and be done with it. This may help expedite the process but when you get in your new home you will be miserable. You are better off taking your time and organizing everything. Every mover has their own system that works for them. Some label the boxes, others put everything in clear bags while some store specific items in certain places. How you do it is not as important as long as you know where to find stuff after you move in. Taking a few extra minutes when you pack will help save you time and sanity when you move in.
Prepare to Move On from Items.We hear stories about people who find items in their attic that turn out to be valuable all the time. The reality is that these are often the exception rather than the rule. You are much more likely to have years of accumulating junk in your attic rather than a rare baseball card. When you are moving you need to accept that you are going to have to move on from many items. This doesn’t mean you need to throw away items with sentimental value but if you haven’t worn a dress in over a decade there is a good chance you never will. Getting rid of all the junk and clutter you have accumulated over the years isn’t easy but it helps you move in with a clean slate.
Enjoy the Process.As crazy as it sounds, with the right attitude moving out can be sort of fun. It is fun to look back at the things you have accumulated and reminisce on how, when and why you have them. In the big picture if you are moving you are hopefully going to a better place. That should be what you think about instead of how painful packing everything is. Sure, you will have a few weeks when you aren’t unpacked and your life has to be adjusted but that is just a blip on the radar. The big picture is that you are moving in a new home that will provide years of enjoyment.
Moving out isn’t very high on list of things to do. With the right mindset and planning you can make the move out process as painless as possible.