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GRAND VALLEY REALTY MOVING TIPS
Grand Valley real estate agents present ‘Moving Tips’. There are simple things you can do to make your move less stressful and less expensive. A good way to start is with a simple calendar beginning one or two months before the big day. Here is a sample timeline to help keep you on track, put together by Grand Valley real estate agents:
Deciding to move is a big decision and can often cause major stress on moving day. Below we have listed some of our top tips to help you with the moving process. Things to consider before, during, and after your moving day to ensure it is as hassle-free as possible. These tips are about educating you to help you save on moving costs as well as ensuring your personal belongings arrive at their destination safely and in one piece. Grand Valley real estate agents pride themselves on offering our customers excellent customer service, which means going the extra mile to ensure your move goes without a hitch.
1. Before the Move: Declutter
Before you even begin to pack your items, decluttering your home will ensure you get the best value from your move. It is a chance to rid out any unwanted items, having fewer items to move will reduce the cost of moving as you would not want to move items that you no longer use or will throw out at the other end. Take a room at a time and work methodically from the top to the bottom of your home to ensure you declutter in a way that is beneficial and helpful to you.
2. Before the Move: Packing
If you want your items to arrive in one piece then packing everything securely is the best way to ensure your times are protected on the moving journey. This means thinking about the items you have and how you will pack them. Things to consider when packing include labeling your boxes. There is nothing worse than getting to your new location, it being dark and cold outside and you can’t find the kettle and cups to make yourself a cup of coffee!
If you are transporting important personal papers such as insurance documents or passports, it might be best to move these items yourself rather than letting them mingle with other boxes of kitchen utensils. Having a box marked essentials is a good idea so that when you reach your destination they are easier to find. What is in this box really depends on your needs. If you have books or other heavy items, it is best to pack these in smaller-sized boxes. It makes for lifting easier and ensures the bottom doesn’t fall out of the box from overloading.
Packing fragile items does need you to wrap them in paper. You can make use of what you have from newspapers to old letters. Stack these items carefully in any box and mark them as fragile so the movers know to take extra care with these items. Grand Valley real estate agents tip: Bubble wrap!!
3. Before the Move: Deconstruct Furniture
If you have furniture that can be deconstructed before the move then go ahead and take the time to do this. This will save time and money on the day and will keep things moving quickly. Although if you remove screws from your furniture make sure you keep them in a place where you can find them again! Some Grand Valley real estate agents tape small parts to the appropriate furniture.
4. On the Day of the Move: Be Prepared
Ensure you are aware of the time the movers will be calling. Also getting yourself and your family ready for the move is also important.
Rise early, have breakfast and get showered and dressed. Doing all these things ahead of the mover’s calling will reduce the stress and ensure you are ready to get started when they arrive.
5. On the Day of the Move: Work Methodically
If you want the movers to do everything then the best thing you can do is leave them to do their job. You can though decide to work with them and give them instructions, although this is better when you reach your destination as you can advise where boxes go. Talk with your removal company and decide what is best for you. What you don’t want to happen is to get in the way of the movers which can hold things up.
6. On the Day of the Move: Clean
When everything has been removed from your current property there may be areas that are a little dirty. Take time to clean your property to ensure it is left in how you would like to find it.
This is especially helpful if you are renting a property and want to ensure you get your deposit back. While it is cheaper to do this yourself, you can choose to hire a cleaning company to do this for you. It really depends on your budget.
One to Two Months Before Moving
- Walk through your current home and decide what you want to take, what you want to throw out, and what you want to donate to charity or sell.
- Arrange for important school, medical, financial, and legal records to be transferred.
- Book the movers: it is a good idea to obtain estimates from more than one company, not only to get the best price, but because likely not all of them will be available on the day you want to move.
- If you rent, give your landlord written notice and make arrangements for the return of any deposits.
- Inform home services such as newspaper delivery of your move. Now would be a good time to arrange for service at your new address.
- If you are moving far from your current home, you might want to consider transferring gym memberships and prescription records to a more local service.
- Change the address on your driver’s license effective the day of the move.
Three Weeks Before Moving
- Arrange to have your pets transported or boarded.
- Start preparing your plants for the move or, if it will be a long trip, consider giving them to friends, hospitals, libraries, or selling them. If you decide to move them, it is a good idea to prune plants and re-pot them into unbreakable plastic containers before putting them in cardboard moving boxes with holes punched in the sides for air.
- Dispose of flammable items such as paint, aerosol cans, and cleaning fluids.
- Send change of address information to the post office, bank, credit card, insurance companies and any other services where you get a monthly statement or newsletter.
- Start using up frozen food and staples. Do not buy any more than you absolutely have to before moving.
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Two Weeks Before Moving
- Schedule a date for a service firm to disconnect and prepare the appliances you are moving.
- Start packing non-essential items.
- Arrange for a babysitter or pet sitter for moving day if needed, a Grand Valley real estate agents fave!
- Start planning to disconnect utilities including phone and cable.
- Based on your return visits to your new home, draw up a floor plan for your new home and start planning your furniture arrangement.
- Have your oil/propane tank read and filled and, if required, give the receipt to your legal professional.
One Week Before Moving
- Finish packing suitcases and basic essentials. Make sure valuable documents, currency, and jewelry are in a safe and easily accessible place.
- Drain garden hoses, lawn mowers, and other machinery.
- Clean and dry the fridge and freezer.
- Take down items such as curtain rods, shelves, light fixtures and mirrors that you are taking with you.
- Dismantle large power tools, such as lathes and grinders.
- Leave a clear workspace for the packers.
- Identify fragile and valuable items, items you are taking with you, and items being left for the new owners.
Moving Out Day
- Do a final check for overlooked items. Make sure windows and doors are locked, lights are turned off, utilities are discontinued or turned off, and the keys have been left behind for whoever will be moving into your home.
Moving In Day
- Make sure the utilities are connected.
- Take another look to see if where you want your furniture to go is correct.
- When the mover arrives, check items unloaded against the inventory.
- Make arrangements for the installation of appliances.