As the weather starts to warm up, so does the real estate market! We know this can be a busy time of year for anyone looking to move, and here at Quincy Mutual Group, we want to help. Moving can be a stressful time for anyone — between finding a new home and packing up your old space, there often seems to be more tasks to finish than hours in the day. But with a little planning and organization, you can make your next move easier.
Here are 5 tips to consider before you next big move:
1) Get an early start
It’s just a fact — the longer you’ve lived in a space, the more stuff you’re likely to have accumulated and packing all of this up can be a daunting task, especially when you feel rushed. But you can combat this by starting early. As soon as you know you’ll be moving, start packing. Trust us, getting little bits done over a longer period of time is much easier than packing your entire home and life up in just a few days!
2) Be organized
Is there anything worse than not being able to find essential items in a sea of unmarked boxes after a move? Make the unpacking process less stressful by being organized as you pack. Be specific as you label boxes — include a brief description of the packed items along with the room where they should be unpacked. Don’t forget to mark boxes as ‘Fragile’ as needed.
Having all of your moving supplies ready to go will also make packing much easier. Basic moving essentials include boxes, packing tape, scissors, packing materials like bubble wrap or newspaper, garbage bags, and general cleaning supplies.
3) Make plans for kids and pets
Are your kids old enough to help with the move? If so, that’s great — an extra pair of hands is always helpful during a big move. If not, you should make plans for them to be elsewhere on the day of. Hire a babysitter or have a friend or family member watch them so you can focus on getting things moved. The same goes for pets. They may be safer and more comfortable if they are not in the middle of the moving chaos.
4) Have an overnight bag for essentials
Does this sound familiar: you’ve been moving boxes all day and are finally ready to go to bed. You go to look for your toothbrush, but can’t find it in the mess of boxes strewn about your new home. Avoid this frustration by packing an overnight bag of essentials. Include things like toiletries, a change of clothes, any necessary medications, a first aid kit, and cell phone chargers.
5) Do your research before hiring movers
Hiring movers can make things a lot easier, as long as you’re working with a reputable and reliable company. Before committing, do your research. Start by asking for recommendations from friends and family. Then, look for reviews online. The Better Business Bureau and The American Moving & Storage Association are great resources to use to see if a company has received serious consumer complaints. You should also make sure any company you work with is licensed and insured in your state.
Once you’ve found a few different companies, request an in-home estimate. Show them everything you want moved, and go over important details about where you will be moving, like the distance from the curb to the closest door or how many flights of stairs there are. Before you sign a contract, make sure to closely review all documents and estimates. If you have any questions at all, clarify these details with the moving company before signing on the dotted line.
Your independent insurance agent can also be a great resource as you move. In addition to helping with the insurance policy for your new home, they can also offer more tips to make your move easier and safer and can advise you on additional coverages you might need. Here at Quincy Mutual Group, we work with over 500 independent agents who are ready to help. Connect with one today by visiting our website: http://bit.ly/2nV8vyd