Thinking about moving? Whether its to another street, another city or even another state, there are at least 6 things you need to do before the big move!
Create A Budget
First thing to do? Create a budget. You cannot move – or really, do anything, without a good budget. This budget should include all of your moving expenses such as boxes, tape, markers to write on the boxes, or stickers. Your moving companies rate, cleaning companies rate, closing costs, and whatever else you need to include.
If I could lay out a strict budget for you, I would, but every person and every move is different, so your budget should be tailored to your specific needs and wants. But, the one thing that is certain is the fact that you need to create a budget to make sure that you keep yourself accountable.
Moving can be expensive!
Survive The Showings
If you are selling your home, you will definitely need to survive the showings! Dave Ramsey says, “Home showings are hard to juggle regardless of whether your home is empty or full of kids. If you’re still living in the home you’re trying to sell, these handy tips can help you stay sane and get your home sold.
Tip #1: Make a daily to-do list.
Surprise showings always seem to happen when your home is a complete wreck. Reduce last-minute panic by putting things away as soon as you’re done with them and creating a checklist of simple tasks to knock out before you leave every morning. That way, you’ll always be ready for guests.
Tip #2: Find a place for your pets during showings.
Man’s best friend can be your home deal’s worst enemy. Leaving pets home for showings can get messy, and a yap-happy dog is just plain annoying. Take the fur babies for a joyride or send them to Grandma’s house so buyers can focus on your home’s best features.
Tip #3: Try to be flexible.
Separating yourself from the place you’ve called home can be hard. But if you want to make a deal, you’ve got to give buyers time and space to fall in love with your home. Be flexible about scheduling showings, and don’t make buyers step around you—or your feelings—when they visit.
Tip #4: Tackle the toys.
Paring down the piles of plastic is a tough task, but it sure does make cleanup a breeze. Ask your kids to choose a few favorite toys to keep in their rooms, and then store the rest in bins. Be sure to explain to them that they’ll see their toys again. If they get bored with their selections, you can always rotate toys in and out.”
Sort Through Your Belongings
This is a JOB. Sorting through your belongings can definitely be a pain, but it’s worth it if you do it in advance. Sort through everything, get rid of what you do not need, and pack it all up as neatly as possible. This will save you SO much time and effort once everything is moved into your new home and you will appreciate the time that you spent doing all of this before your big move.
Switch Utilities and Cancel Recurring Deliveries/Charges
Contact your current service providers and have the utilities in your old home disconnected on the day after your move. Cancel your home phone, cable, internet, and newspaper service (be aware of possible cancellation fees), as well as any memberships in local clubs and organizations. Arrange for the water, gas, and electricity at your new home to be running on move-in day (other less essential services can be connected later on).
Keep in mind that there may be installation charges or deposits you need to pay in order to get the utilities turned on, so do this all well in advance to figure it all out.
Scout Out Your New Area
Moving to a new area? Scout it out first! Find the best restaurants, where all of the stores you need are, and maybe even find new schools for the kids – if you have any.
My favorite part about moving to a new area is finding new places like restaurants, grocery stores, hair salons, gyms, etc. It can be stressful, but I find it so much fun!
Hire A Great Moving Company
And finally, my last tip for you is to hire a moving company before your big move, but do you research. If you are moving your home, you need to find a great residential moving company. If you are moving to a new office, you need to find really reputable Garland TX commercial movers, such as Our Truck Moving. They are experienced movers in Garland, Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex & surrounding areas and provide their customers with the best service out there. When you rely on their moving services, they will make things as easy as possible so that you can get back to enjoying your life, or getting back to other aspects of your move. Their movers are professional, fast, and efficient. Best thing of all? They offer free estimates and affordable prices! They will take care of everything, including:
- Providing boxes, pads and other packing materials
- Wrapping special items for you to ensure they’re secure
- Packing your entire household, deliver it, and unpack it
- Giving you organizing tips, checklists, and perform a final sweep for forgotten items
- Loading and unloading in a certain order according to your preferences
- Providing secure, climate controlled storage for items no longer needed
If you need a professional moving company in TX, look no further than Our Truck Moving! You can reach them at [email protected] or by phone at 214-380-3186
Whatever the reason for your move, there’s a lot to accomplish! Hopefully this list of things to do before your big move will make the transition a little easier!
Have you ever made a big move? What was the most helpful tip or advice you can share with someone else tackling this kind of life change?