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Between packing up all of your belonging to paperwork and more, moving to a new home is a stressful time for any family. There are a lot of moving parts you must keep track of. Not to mention, you’ll likely be entrusting your belongings to someone else as you move into your new home.
Preparation is key to a successful move, but those plans must be executed properly on the day for a seamless experience. Despite what some may say, it can be done! To help your moving day go as smooth as possible, here are a few important tips.
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Plan A Moving Day
As I mentioned before, a seamless moving day takes very detailed planning and execution. It’s a good idea to have a moving day checklist before the actual day begins. This will guarantee that you haven’t forgotten a thing! Here are a few items you might want on that checklist:
Caring For Pets During A Move
As much as we can’t wait to show our furry friends their new home, making sure they are well during the transition is something to think about ahead of time. After all, animals can react differently to a change in environment and people, not to mention have escape routes at the ready with doors open as items are being moved to and from the home. Have a plan for them. If possible, have them stay at a friend’s house on moving day. If that’s not possible, pick a room away from all the moving commotion where they can stay until the final trip to the new home is being made. Be sure to check on them frequently to make sure your pets are safe and happy.
Caring For Children During A Move
Depending on the age of your child, they might not know what’s going on. For some children, being a part of the big moving day can be an exciting experience. However, there will be safety hazards around. If your child is old enough, assign them a task on that day, such as helping to organize boxes. You may also want to think about asking a family member or baby sitter to entertain them for some hours during the moving day.
Kids may experience a wide variety of emotions when leaving their old home for the new one. Talk with them and ask them about their feelings before the move, to make the transition easier on them.
What To Wear
It might sound silly, but planning what you will wear on moving day will be important. Not only do you have to leave it out of your clothing boxes, but keep in mind that it should be comfortable to do work in. Even if you have movers doing much of the heavy lifting, you’ll still want clothing that’s comfortable for when you begin lightly unpacking.
Have Documents Ready
If you’re closing the day you plan to move or need other materials, have those out and ready in a separate area where they won’t be mistakenly put into boxes. The last thing you need on your moving day is to be searching through boxes for your moving papers!
Have An Essentials Box
The first 24 hours of your move are likely going to be a frenzy. Think ahead and have a box ready with supplies you’ll need for your first box there. This can include a toothbrush, toothpaste, pajamas and entertainment options for the family.
Though you may be tired, on moving day, it’s important to get an early start. Get to your home as early as possible to begin organizing for the boxes to come. If you hired movers, try to schedule them for as early in the day as possible. The process may seem short, but
Communicate With Movers & Friends
If you have family and friends moving you in, or if you hired a moving company, remember that communication is key. Begin to designate what boxes go in what room as they come in. However, don’t start unpacking yet. Be sure everything you need is out of the moving van and in the room you need it to be in. Directing boxes to their room before unpacking will save you a lot of time and energy once everyone leaves.
Clean Your Home
Moving into a new home presents a wonderful opportunity to have it deep cleaned from top to bottom. It’s a good idea to hire a cleaner to come in and have your home cleaned thoroughly. The average cost to hire a house cleaner is $157, with most homeowners spending between $122 and $167.
Don’t Forget Food
With everything going on, you might forget about food for yourself and others. Additionally, you might not have much to cook or serve with. Plan ahead for what you eat, knowing that your supplies and resources might be limited. One option is to cook ahead with a meal like a lasagna or pizza that you can easily stick in the oven and serve, just don’t forget the paper plates!
Another tactic that has worked well is asking to use a friend’s kitchen or having them prepare the meal. Get the ingredients in advance so all they have to do is put the meal together.
Set Unpacking Goals
Moving day is very stressful, but then, you have the task of unpacking all of your belongings and preparing your home to live in! If you packed an essentials box, you might be able to start packing slowly, but eventually, all want to get settled in their new home. Set realistic goals that go room by room to unpack. And remember, you don’t have to do it all at once!
Enjoy The Moment
With so much going on, you might forget to appreciate your new dream home. Take time during the moving day to take in the moment, especially if this is your first home. It’s time to celebrate!
Moving to a new home will be stressful but, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Use a few of these tips to prepare and execute a seamless moving day. You’ll be surprised at how a few small changes can make a huge difference!
Do you have a moving tip or trick that has worked for you in the past? Share with us in the comments below!