During the months/weeks/days before your move, remember to stop buying food and supplies. Eat the food in your freezer and pantry, and wait to replace tools and small appliances until you arrive at your new home. For more tips, download our Move Checklist.
Do not underestimate the time it takes to pack. If you have ALL of the materials you need and have made ALL of the decisions about what to keep, it may still take 20-40 hours (or more) to pack up your home.
10 Packing Tips from the Pros
- Set up an area in each room to place items you will need before, or immediately after your move (medications, computer and phone chargers, vitamins, toiletries, clothing, etc.).
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If you are moving this summer, now is the time to do a reality check. Are you finished sorting? Have you booked a mover? Are you being realistic about the time it will take you to do all of the move-related tasks on your list?
Here are 3 tips for saving time, money and avoiding stress:
- Book the mover early
- If you’re moving out of state, your move will be estimated by the weight of everything you are taking. Complete sorting before you get an estimate if at all possible.
- If you’re moving locally, you will be charged by the hour, so the more you donate, sell or discard, the more you will save.
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Are you moving this year, or thinking of moving in the next few years? Moving can be a daunting task, especially if you have a busy life or have lived in your house for many years. There are steps you can take NOW that will make things much easier when it’s time to move.
Please note that if you are moving in the next month or two and you are feeling overwhelmed, read our post about Moving Do’s and Don’ts, or better yet, contact us here. Our team can step in to provide help where you need it. To find out more about our team, see recent post here... Read the rest
Last August, we brought you some Do’s and Don’ts for a move. Some bear repeating and others are new suggestions for when you are considering a local, intrastate, or interstate move. Understanding what to expect, and your role and responsibilities as well as those of the mover, can make the process run more smoothly.
DO the hard work of sorting through your goods and dispose/donate anything you no longer want. Thinking “I’ll just sort it when I get there” means that you’ll pay extra in both time and money. Interstate moves are based in part on weight, so you don’t want to pack unnecessary items you don’t need... Read the rest
Employing the ancient practice of Feng Shui (“fung shway”) is a perfect way to establish a fresh, vibrant energy in your new home or reset the energy in your current home.
The Move Makers Project Manager Paivi Panttila Vargas is a certified Feng Shui practitioner, and advises on the positive elements of the practice for those who have been in their home for some time, or wish to incorporate it into a new space..
“Creating a good energy for a new home makes it possible to get settled faster and unlock new opportunities for the new life phase,” said Paivi. “Feng Shui and other methods like Vastu and Wabi Sabi are there to give you inspiration and guidance on how to look at your home in a new, deeper way... Read the rest
When it comes to moving, packing is the task that many people dislike the most. If all decisions have been made and you have gathered the proper packing materials, the task is much easier. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your beloved items are not only efficiently packed, but safely, too.
Not all boxes are created equal – This may seem obvious, but some items can be damaged if transported in the wrong box. While liquor store boxes with their compartments may seem handy for your stemware, they are often not strong enough to sustain the normal jostling on a moving truck, and their thin sides can buckle easily if something is placed on top or shoved next to them... Read the rest
You’ve found the house you love, and best of all, sold the one you’re in. Now the real work begins – getting ready to move. Your first instinct may be to start packing up everything and organize it later. What you may not realize in your hurry to get the task accomplished is the longer-term negative effects of that decision, like the costliness of time, money and stress.
Here are four points to consider before you decide to pack up for moving day.
Saving Money: Moving is costly, and whether you’re moving locally (where movers charge an hourly rate, or out of state, where the move cost is based on weight and distance), you should ask yourself if the investment in money up front and the time spent later, is going to be worth it to you... Read the rest
You’ve found the perfect home, so now the pressure is on to sell the one you’re living in. You know you have work to do to get it ready, but where do you begin? The outside, for first impressions, or the inside, where the potential buyer needs to see how they’ll live in your current space?
Make a List. Before taking on any one project, take a long, objective look at your home, at those small things that you’ve ignored over the years, like the mismatched switch plates, the creaky bathroom cabinet, the dented wall by the back door. Making a list is a simple task and as each item is addressed and corrected, you know you’re on your way to showing your home in its best light... Read the rest
If you’re thinking about moving this year, or considering a refresh of your current space, one of the first things to think about is: how do I want to live in this space? We take for granted that at least some of our furniture will work in our new space, no matter where that may be. But it might be a good idea to look around and really SEE your furniture, and whether it’s functioning well for you. Are you looking for less upkeep? Is mobility a factor? Scaling furniture to your room can take some practice and knowing what to keep and not keep depends on the life you want to lead in the space... Read the rest
One of the most daunting things about moving is dealing with our stuff. We surround ourselves with things that represent “home” to us: keepsakes, papers, books, dishes. Sorting through them in order to let some of it go is much harder for some than others, and can be such a seemingly impossible task that some of us simply stop the process altogether.
What makes us hold onto things we no longer want or need, even if keeping them is a roadblock to moving forward?
The main reason we hold on to things is comfort – being surrounded by things we love can provide a sense of well being and groundedness... Read the rest