Jeffrey Harrington's Blog
The next house that you move into is going to meet all of your family's needs. There's a large fenced back yard for your children to run and play in. Gone are the days when you worried that your kids would play too close to the street because your old home had such a small yard. Your new home even has an extra bedroom, the very space that you've always wanted to accommodate family and friends when they visit.
Moving into a house shouldn't be a nightmare
Yet, you're dreading moving. This isn't your first go round. You know how much work there is to move from one house to another. With forethought and planning, you can start to remove the dread out of the move.
How can you pull this off? Start taking these steps:
- Create a house move checklist. You could download a checklist off the Internet and revise it.
- Contact utility companies and have your utilities turned off at your current residence and turned on at your new house.
- Complete and submit a change of address form to the post office. You can complete and submit a change of address form online.
- Use sturdy plastic containers or boxes to pack your belongings in.
- Move in several short trips if you're moving across town. For example, you could pack and move enough belongings to fill two to three rooms in one day and another several rooms in another day.
- Price moving supplies and a moving truck more than a month before your move. Give yourself time to save enough money to cover the entire cost of the move.
- Return rented electronics like cable boxes to the appropriate company. Schedule to have electronic services turned on within a few hours after you move into your new house.
- Contact trustworthy relatives or friends and make arrangements to have your young children and pets watched while you move.
- Clean your new house at least one day before you move. Give yourself enough time to clean without feeling stressed or like you'll fail and not get the house cleaned before you have to vacate your current house.
- Remind yourself that you can always return to your old neighborhood and visit should you start to feel nostalgic or as if you're losing something by moving out of your current house into a new home.
Confidence plays a huge role in your next house move
Because moving to a new home brings change into your life, you may likely experience some discomfort as you pack and move to your new house. Advance planning can build your confidence. Advance planning can assure you that you have the knowledge and the skills to create a rewarding move situation.
That same level of confidence could also save you money. As you do what it takes to believe in your ability to pull off and adjust to the move, you may put your hand to more do-it-yourself work, saving yourself the expense of hiring and paying for contractors. Most of all, you could shorten the time it takes to move and get unpacked at your newer residence.