Is moving day fast approaching? According to the Employee Relocation Council, moving to a new home is the third most stressful life event (following death and divorce). To ease the transition, follow these tips to make your move smooth.
- Consider “staging” your home. This process of neutralizing, decluttering, organizing, and beautifying allows potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house by tapping into their emotions. Staging also starts the “letting go” process for the sellers, as they transform their beloved home to a more neutral-looking home. Staging will help you sell your home quickly, at the best possible price.
- Plan your move date at least four to six weeks ahead. The most popular times for moves include May through September and the very beginning and end of each month. So if you’re hiring a moving company, contact them soon. Call family and friends for trusted mover recommendations.
- Start packing seldom-used items now. Ask your grocery store to set aside cardboard boxes for you. Pack heavier items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
- Organize your boxes. Number each box and label which room it belongs in. Keep a separate list indicating the box number and its contents. When you get to your destination, unpack everything as soon as possible.
- Fill out change-of-address forms at the post office or at www.usps.com. And be sure to update important documents which include your address and phone number (e.g. driver’s license, checks).
- Move valuables yourself. Irreplaceable family photos, heirlooms, and financial and legal documents should be packed and transported by you instead of your moving company.
- Send out postcards to family and friends with your new address and phone number, along with a photo of your new home.
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I am Cathy Dryden, and I started neat chic organizing to empower others to lead more fulfilling lives by helping them to become more organized through individualized coaching and training.