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Moving can be stressful no matter who you are. Not only do we cherish our stuff we have accumulated and want it transported safely to our new home, we want the whole process to go a smoothly as possible. That said there are many variables that are just beyond your control when packing up your home for the final time. On the other hand there some fairly idiot proof rules you can follow to take a few worries off your plate an allow you to manage your time properly. Moving is hard, but doesn't need to be made any harder that it has to be.
As we said before moving is made trickier by unforeseen events that get in the way. You can't avoid the unexpected, but you can remain in control by handling everything else you can possibly plan for. Create a detailed schedule months before the move with milestones and dates. Try to be done a few days before moving so you can handle other things rather than packing things up as the truck arrives. Buy more Moving Supplies than you need since most moving and storage companies will buy back unused boxes from you. Draw up a floor plan in advance where you want each room specific box and item to go into. This makes unpacking a cinch! Try to pack one box for each room that has only the most necessary stuff (IE: 1 Kitchen box with one pan, 1 pot, plates, cups, eating and cooking utensils , potholders and favorite condiments.) Always have a back up plan and other options in case of emergencies with help, movers, cleaning companies, locksmiths and truck rentals.
How many times at work has someone said "I got it" only to come up empty later on and leaving you holding the bag? You are the boss of your moving day so manage it accordingly and don't leave anything to chance. Supervise the Movers personally on the big day if you can and actually help them do the job. They will take cues from you on how to handle your belongings to be mindful. Make sure you have printed directions for every stop and trip of the move. Handle payment and tipping personally or through a person designated to handle it for you. Have emergency contact numbers for truck companies, movers and anybody else related to the success of the job. It can't hurt to be mindful of the temperature and plan for breaks with refreshments.
Financial adviser Suze Orman is fond of saying if you haven't used something in the last year and your not going to use it in the next, toss it out. She is 100% correct! We humans are creatures of habit and some of us are hoarders by nature. Moving is a great time to evaluate what stuff you really want to keep and what stuff to toss out. It is actually freeing to get rid of old stuff and can be very cathartic for you. Another great thing to do is donate the stuff you are getting rid of to The Salvation Army, Goodwill, or any charitable agencies you know of. You'll be doing yourself and someone else a world of good.
Often overlooked in the moving process is the stuff you are not keeping and cannot donate. You need to make time to appropriately get rid of excessive trash, old furniture or that old CRT monitor you never dumped. Many municipalities have rules against excessive dumping and since you are likely forwarding your mail to your new home, you will be fined. Heavily. Planning this in advance also makes dumping at authorized site a reality (most of them frown on walk-ins) and you can get a handle on acceptable drop off times and fees.
Moving is exhausting and a pain in the ass all the way around. However, there is nothing cool about leaving a mess for the new tenants coming in after you to clean up. Just as you do not want to move into a dirty house yourself, neither do the new tenants taking your place. Most people expect to do a little cleaning when they move in: light sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, stove, fridge and bathroom. It is in our nature to make the new place feel more like ours. Moving is dirty work and you should not leave a filthy house for someone else to find. It's rude and surely leads to bad karma. Enlist a friend if you will be too busy to do it before leaving or tired to to it yourself. Plus if you are a renter, landlords will use a filthy home on movign day as an excuse to keep your deposit.