Welcome back to my Home Ownership 101 series! This weekend my cousin will be visiting from South Carolina for a family get together before she and her husband and their two little girls move to Guam for three years! Obviously this is going to be a huge, life changing experience and undoubtedly a bit stressful. Because they are a military family they have moved several times already but I am sure it never hurts to have a few more resources and checklists. *This post contains affiliate links and/or sponsored content.
Today I have put together a round up of ten pinnable resources for my cousin or for anyone who is planning to move sometime soon or in the future. You can pin them now and refer to them when a move is on the horizon.
We all get excited about moving into a new place, but it is also very important to properly clean the home we are leaving. It is not only courteous to clean before the new renters/owners take possession or the real estate company lists the home, but it may also be necessary to avoid paying for damages if a deposit was involved. In addition, it can also just be a way to say goodbye to your old home and to help you leave without feeling like there was “unfinished business.” You might also find an important item you overlooked in the top of a closet or corner of the basement or attic.
Use a Moving Out Checklist to help you keep track of what needs to be done prior to moving time or after you have removed all of your personal belongings from the residence. Check out this comprehensive Home Packing Guide For Moving that focuses specifically on how to pack and store things by category. It has a mixture of advice for people who might need temporary storage, people unsure of what they can or can’t pack/store, and people who want to know how to pack correctly in order to keep their things in good condition during the move.
If you have ever had to move quickly or unexpectedly then you already know how stressful that can be! If you know you are going to be moving however, you can plan thoroughly, months in advance. Printing off a Free Moving Planner like the one above or a similar house moving checklist can be priceless when it comes to helping you stay sane and organized before, during and after the move. For example, you will already have a list of names and numbers of reliable builders, plumbers and electricians in the area of your new home should you need them once you’ve moved in. You will also know when to switch your energy provider or cable and internet and have enough time to compare rates and plans beforehand.
*Just to be on the safe side, it is also a good idea to hire a professional mold remediation company to do proper mold testing mold testing and to safely remove the mold if necessary before taking possession of the new residence.
I think we all know the importance of decluttering before moving time, but perhaps we worry that we might need a particular item in our new home so we hold on to it. Check out this comprehensive list of 100 Things To Declutter Before You Move by Early Bird Mom to help you clear the clutter!
There is nothing more frustrating or stressful than missing mail or getting behind on payments because you didn’t receive bills at your new home in a timely manner. Be sure to print out a change of address checklist to help you stay on top of all the utility companies, individuals, medical offices, or organizations that you need to contact weeks before the actual moving time.
One of the first things you will want to do when you move to your new residence is clean, clean, clean! Even if you are moving into a new home that appears to be clean, chances are there will be some dust and cobwebs lingering or strange odors and cooking smells that you will want to get rid of. Cleaning will also help you identify if any pesky critters have made their way into the home unnoticed while it was vacant. Print off a New Home Cleaning Supplies Checklist prior to moving to help you stock up on all the essential cleaning items you will need.
Sometimes one of the hardest parts of moving is finding all the right sizes of boxes and packing supplies and knowing how many kinds of each box to have ahead of time. The downloadable Moving Cheat Sheet above is a fabulous resource for planning and packing for your move.
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Whether you are going to move everything yourself or hire a professional moving company, it is always great to learn a new moving hack or two, or maybe 25! Check out these 25 Moving Hacks To Make You Move Less Crazy.
Lastly, there is nothing worse than opening up a box with that perfect mirror or artwork that you have been so excited to hang in your new home only to find it broken! Packing correctly and efficiently is such an important aspect to a “smooth move.”
*Don’t forget to mark breakable items as “fra-geee-lay” (must be Italian!)
If you only have one day to rent a moving truck then it is imperative that you pack as efficiently as possible to save space and time. You’ll also want to be able to quickly and easily locate important items such as medications, toiletries and snacks as soon as you begin unloading and unpacking. Check out Intelligent Domestication’s Most Useful Packing Tips to find some really great ideas.
Moving abroad will have a completely different set of challenges and will require more extensive planning. Whether the move is permanent or temporary will also factor into whether you will be storing things domestically for an extended time, or if you might need to sell many of your possessions prior to moving. Here are a couple of great resources to pin if you or a friend or family member may be making an international move.
*To my awesome cousin Jess or anyone else moving to Guam—if you get too stressed, just stare at this picture for a few minutes. I am sure Guam is going to have some serious perks!
Oh how I wish there would have been Pinterest several years ago when I moved three or four times over the course of a few years! Although we are settled in the yellow brick home for many more years, we are definitely planning on moving in our retirement years, purchasing a vacation home, or maybe even downsizing a few years prior to that. I also have a son who will be off to college in a few years and my older son will also be moving into a new place sometime in the not too distant future, so I will certainly be using some of the checklists and hacks in helping them when it comes to moving time ( I don’t want to think about that right now though, sniff sniff!)
I hope you have found this round up of Ten Pinnable Resources For Your Next Move to be interesting and informative. If you are moving any time in the near future I wish you the best of luck! If moving is possibly in your distant future, remember that it never hurts to plan ahead.
Thanks so much for visiting today!