For most home buyers, moving into a new home is an exciting venture, but it can also be stressful when you're not prepared. To make your move easier, our real estate agents suggest making an action plan that will help you avoid stress and costly mistakes.
Whether you're moving to a nearby community or across town to D.C. homes for sale, being well-prepared for the move can make things much less complicated. By avoiding these mistakes, moving out of your old home and into your new home can be simple and enjoyable.
Once you know you're moving, it's important to go through your things and decide what you're taking with you. Take the time to go through your closets, cabinets, attic, and garage and weed out unwanted items. Anything you don't want can be thrown away, sold in a yard sale, or donated to a local charity. Moving unwanted items into your new home will only result in clutter and higher moving costs. Why pay to move an old table that you can donate or put on the curb for free pickup?
When you're moving, delaying your packing can result in higher moving costs and a lot of stress. On average, it takes about five days to pack a three-bedroom house, provided you are packing every day with few breaks. If you have a full-time job or a family to care for, packing may take up to a week longer. To make your move easier, plan to pack as much as possible each day so you're prepared for the movers when they arrive on moving day.
Moving to a new home is a big job and not a job you want to tackle yourself. It's important to hire professional movers who have training, experience, packing materials, and moving equipment for heavy items. Although you may pay more for the moving service, it's well worth the extra costs to avoid broken or damaged items, numerous trips from one home to another, and total exhaustion from loading and unloading furniture and boxes.
The first week after a move is often disorganized and stressful because you're left with a houseful of boxes that contain everything you own. Unless your boxes are marked with the contents, you may have a hard time finding your toothbrush, toiletries, towels, bed sheets, and important medications. Make sure you pack a moving essentials kit that contains toiletries, towels, a change of clothes, a first-aid kit, and important documents, then put the kit in a visible, easy-to-reach location within the house.
At least 5-10 days before you move, make a trip to the local post office or visit USPS online and fill out a change of address form. It only takes a few minutes and a couple of bucks to ensure that your household bills and other important mail reach your new home. If you're concerned about mail being left at your old address unattended, consider getting a post office box so you can pick up the mail yourself when it's convenient.
Moving with pets can create added stress for you, as well as your furry friends. To help your pets adjust to their new home, make sure you have easy access to pet food, feed and water bowls, cat litter, beds or crates, and pet toys.
If you're considering a move to the D.C. area, contact us for information on homes and prices that match your lifestyle.