Moving Tips

Moving doesn’t have to be hard when you plan ahead

Buying and Selling home is the first step, but then there is the dreaded MOVE! How do you pack up a home, where do you begin? Even the smallest home contains a lot of furniture, clothes, kitchen equipment, pictures and other items. Never Fear, Olson Davig Real Estate is there to help. They can give you advice on the moving process, and provide tips and trick to make the transition as smooth as possible. Contact Olson Davig Real Estate today it’s time to get Moving.

Things to Think about as you plan your Move…

Where are you Moving?

Moving a long distance: You’ll likely require an interstate mover and the use of a large van or truck.

Moving Short Distance: If you move yourself, you’ll need to get moving supplies and organize a van rental.

Moving internationally: Contact the embassy of the country you’re moving to for information. Be aware that some items that are entirely common at home can be prohibited in foreign countries. Ask about customs protocols, duties and taxes.

Do it your self or Hire a Mover?

Hiring a Mover: Ask for recommendations from friends and relatives. Make sure your recommendations come from someone who has moved recently. Moving companies can change employees frequently you want the most up to date information on employees there now. Check with the Better Business Bureau. Make sure the company has the right equipment for the job and are properly trained and insured and bonded. Get Estimates in writing and meet movers in person. Check your memberships many big box clubs, associations and affiliations have discounts for moving companies. Do the math, it may cost more money for a company that uses 3 employees vs. 2 employees but the time saved hourly may result in a cheaper overall move. If you plan to have a mover pack your home for you, be a part of the process and keep an eye on what is going on. This can save time when unpacking and will also help protect your belongings. Movers may not always share your view on what items are valuable, so be sure to tell them that the carol picture on the wall from your son in kindergarten is just as important as your Monet.

Moving Yourself: Moving your self is a lot of work but for some it is a better option. It may give you some control over the move and avoid the worries of someone else moving your items. It can also be a cost saving measure if you have the appropriate resources to assist you. This is the perfect time to call in favors and round up friends for assistance. Another benefit of packing and unpacking yourself is the luxury of doing a little at a time. This can be a benefit or a negative depending on how you look at it but the rewards of doing it your self and planning your self are worth it in the end.

How to Prepare Ahead of Time?

Stock up on boxes, packing materials, tape, markers, Stickers and wrapping materials. You may purchase boxes and moving materials or visit your local grocery, big box store or Liquor store for boxes, they will often save them for you. Produce & Liquor boxes make wonderful packing boxes and are sized perfectly for lifting.

Save Clothing you no longer want. Shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters or clothing you may be planning on donating are perfect for wrapping up breakables and collectibles. This will avoid all the paper and garbage when you are unpacking and you can donate them when you finish unpacking.

Everyday Linens Blankets, Bedding are perfect use to wrap pictures, wall decor and breakables. This will again save you on paper and wrapping mess and will protect your favorite item/

Stuffed Toys, Quilts & Jackets make perfect bottom cushions for boxes with breakable or sensitive items and help save space in the long run since they need to be packed too.

Pillows: Lets face it we all have too many pillows, bed, couch, throw. Use the pillows in washer, dryer, refrigerator to take up space and keep drums and racks secure. This is also a great way to save space when packing, just be sure to clean appliances first.

Yard sale: Get rid of excess furniture and other goods by having a sale before you move. Don’t forget to save items to wrap your belongings in, you can donate the rest.

Number boxes: so that all items can be counted on arrival. Make a list of boxes by number and note their contents in a brief description.

Colored Tape: A great way to save time and organize your move is to Make a key chart and assign each room a tape color. Big Box stores have tons of color options for you to use. Tape each box in the coordinating room color and you will have an easy visual for unloading into the right rooms.

Pictures: As you pack, take pictures of items, especially valuables. This is the perfect time to do so and will provide you with an accurate inventory of your belongings. In the event of a fire, theft or other unfortunate event you will have an accurate home inventory in print for insurance carriers and law enforcement. Remember to do the same for new items you bring into the home after moving to keep an updated inventory for your household.

Small Children: If you’re moving with children, make sure that children have some of their favorite things – toys, blankets, games, music, etc., – that will keep them content on a drive. Pack a box with comfort items & items that are special to them so that you can quickly place them in the room when you arrive before they enter. This will give them the Comfort of Home & may help with adjustment. A favorite Picture, a bedside lamp, a stuffed toy or a night lite items that will fell like “home” to them.

Older Children: If you have teens or older children be sure to have there favorite technology ready to be accessed. Pack a special box with favorite movies, music and games and have it ready for them when they arrive. If you are on a limited text or cell minute plan a gift of extended minutes to contact friends left behind is a great way to help teens cope with leaving behind friends. Make them a part of the move, ask for input on room arrangements etc.. this too will help them in transition into the new home.

Elderly & Medical Concerns: Moving as a senior or a person with a medical concern can be a challenge. Remember to pack all medications, medical equipment and testing equipment and keep them in the vehicle with you. Be sure to plan for the unexpected and have extra on hand should a delay occur. Continue with your regular medical routine, plan stops, breaks and meals. Be sure to rest when you can and not over do it. Research Medical facilities and doctors in the area you are moving to, or ask your doctors to refer you. Ask your doctors to help you transfer medical records to your new doctor. Once you are settled you can schedule an appointment with the doctor, but in the event something should happen before then, your new physician will have the necessary records to assist you.

Medicine: Keep medicines and related prescriptions in a place where they will be available during the move. A cooler is a great place to keep the temperature steady preventing over heating, melting or freezing. Make sure you transfer all your prescriptions to a new pharmacy or have the pharmacist print out a transfer for you.

Pets: If you have pets, bring along food, water dish, carrier and other items your pets will need. Make sure to have comfort items for pets as well, moving is stressful a familiar blanket, toy or shirt with a favorite person on it can help ease the stress.

Money: If you’re moving more than a few miles you should have enough cash or credit to cover travel, food, transportation and lodging. Be sure to research whether you banking institution has a branch in your new are or an online system for you to access funds.

Valuables: Make sure historical, antique, breakable or valued items get special handling and packaging. Be cautious of labeling. Labels that scream valuable are tempting so use code labels if need be.

Important papers: Keep important papers with you so they do not get lost in the move. Make sure any necessary documents are on hand and easy to find.

Postal: Get mail forwarded to you, and inform important people and companies (bank, insurance, etc.) of your new address.

Utilities: Prearrange to have utilities cut off at your old home and hooked up at your new home. Check whether there are any deposits that should be returned to you. Find out what your hookup fees will be.

Cable & Internet who often book out weeks.
Schedule ahead so you have service when you arrive.

Contact Numbers: Have address books readily available and contact number for all important business and personal needs.

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