Whether you’re buying a home for sale in DC Ranch or you’re selling your home in our community and moving to another fabulous Scottsdale golf course neighborhood, congratulations on your big move!
Are you ready?
If you’re like most people, you probably need these seven summer moving hacks that will make your life so much easier.
7 Summer Moving Hacks to Make Your Big Day a Piece of Cake
Moving is a huge deal – especially when you’re doing it yourself. If you haven’t hired a professional moving company and you still have time to do so, it might be worth considering. (Most people, even if they’re not using a moving company for everything, will use the pros for things like pianos, vehicles and pets.)
But if you are moving yourself, no matter how much help you’ve enlisted, check out these seven tips to make the whole process a lot easier:
- Don’t procrastinate
- Label everything clearly
- Invest in plastic bins where appropriate
- Use plastic bags for hardware from furniture
- Keep out a box of must-haves
- Make sure your pets are secured
- Hand-carry important items
#1. Don’t procrastinate
As soon as you find out you’re moving, take a good, hard look at your personal preferences. Are you the type of person who makes lists about making lists, or can you tick things off one at a time, working in order of importance, and still stay organized?
The most important thing you can do is to write down everything you need to do – it doesn’t matter if your list spans one page or a dozen. The sooner you have your tasks written down in front of you, the sooner you can start tackling them.
Getting a head start on all your moving tasks seems silly, especially if you’re not moving for several months. But in reality, everything you do now will make crunch time… well, less crunchy.
#2. Label everything clearly
As you start to box your belongings, make sure you’re putting labels on everything – especially if you’re starting early. The last thing you want is to lose track of something important and struggle to find it later!
You can write complete packing lists for each box or take a simpler route with more general information (like labeling a box “Bathroom: Scale, extra toiletries, stuff from medicine cabinet”).
#3. Invest in plastic bins where appropriate
If your items are going to be stored for more than a few weeks, you may want to invest in plastic bins to protect them. These bins are stronger than cardboard, so if you find that you need longer storage, you don’t have to worry too much (particularly if you’re putting your stuff in a climate-controlled storage unit). Just be aware that plastic bins aren’t the best choice for long-term storage of books, because if any moisture gets in, it’s going to be trapped.
#4. Use plastic bags for hardware from furniture
When you have screws and other hardware that holds your furniture together, put it all in a plastic bag and tape the bag to the underside of the furnishing. That way, when it’s time to put everything back together, it’s all right where you need it.
#5. Keep out a box of must-haves
Moving day is stressful – and you’re going to get hungry, too. Keep a laundry basket full of essentials you need to tide you over throughout the day, both at the old house and the new one. Think about adding:
- Bottled water
- Cleaning supplies
- A few towels and washcloths
- Pet leashes, food and treats
#6. Make sure your pets are secured
Moving with pets is a whole new ballgame. The best thing you can do for your four-legged family members is:
- Clear out one room the night before moving day
- Put your pets’ beds, food and litter box in that room
- Put your pets in that room before you start moving boxes and furniture out the front door, and make sure the door is secure
- Keep your pets locked away until the rest of the house is empty
#7. Hand-carry important items
Your important documents should all be with you during the move – don’t risk putting them in a box that could end up in storage or somewhere beneath a huge stack of other boxes.
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