Moving into a new home and area can be a very exciting, yet stressful time! As a Real Estate Expert, I have many years of experience guiding my clients through their moves and I have a list of tips that are sure to help make your move pleasant and organized!
Planning is the key to making your move stress free. Write everything down and stay organized; you’ll appreciate it later! Don’t start packing ANY boxes until you create a simple record keeping system. Here is an example to get you started: you can create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Others have modified this approach by creating the list on a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You'll place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your list. Because life can be chaotic during a move, be sure to designate a place in your home called “Packing Central”. This is where you'll place and store your moving materials like labels, marking pens, boxes, box tape, and other supplies.
You will need lots of boxes, and trust me, you do not want to move without boxes! Everything will be much easier to keep up with if you pack them away and you will be able to utilize your moving space better with boxes. Most moving companies sell boxes and even take back unused ones so you won’t lose any money. You can also try getting free boxes from paper or grocery stores. Make sure you have about 10 boxes set aside on moving day for those little odds and ends you come across during your last check of the house, like bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You'll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household good. Use these tall boxes for bulky, lightweight items such as bed linens including comforters, pillows, and blankets. Of course they are perfect for hanging up clothes as well. Avoid making these too heavy. Again, you'll need more supplies than you think, so get extra so the packing can go smoothly. Return any unused supplies after the truck is packed.
As you pack your boxes, mark them for each room of the new house they will go to. The easiest way is to color coordinated the rooms, for example, make the living room blue, kitchen orange, etc. Then apply color-coded stickers on each box near the box number. In your new home, place a matching sticker on the door to each room. This way the movers will know where to put everything once they arrive at the new home
Anything you can pack well ahead of time will save you time in the later stages of your move. For most, the closer to moving day, the more hectic life becomes. If you’re moving in the summer, get your winter clothes out of the way. Pack up any extra appliances. Box up dry goods and staples such as shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last few days before you move. Do the same for cooking utensils and food supplies paring down to your bare essentials.
If you must clean your old place after you have vacated the premises, we recommend you create a basic cleaning supply kit with typical cleaning supplies and rags. Attempt to clean as much as possible ahead of time. Areas to consider include the inside of your oven, kitchen cupboards, windows, etc.), and if possible, vacuum each room as movers empty it.
Put your luggage to good use by filling each piece of luggage and all duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods.
It's a good idea to keep valuable possessions, such as silverware, heirlooms, or antiques, with you. If you have a cross-country move and no room in your car, you might consider packing these items in a box titled "Misc. from kitchen pantry". Just be sure to take care of fragile items. We also recommend you check your homeowner's insurance to see how you are covered during the move. You may need to purchase additional insurance from the mover. Also, find out what paperwork (receipts, appraisals, and photos) you might need to file a claim in case of loss.
Your list of "important" papers might include: school records, medical records, birth certificates, school records, mover estimates, new job contacts, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, closing papers, realtor info, maps, and more. Don't leave these with the mover. Be sure you have the contact information and the moving “manifest” from the mover with you at all times. An exchange of contact information from the foreman of the mover including cell phone number is a must. Keep them with you at all times!
You never know who you might need to call from your old home, so be sure to take along an old phone directory just in case you need to call someone from your former residence.
We understand this time of your life can be both exhilarating and a bit stressful. With some pre-planning, your move to Napa Valley will be less stressful and easier too. If you require any assistance or resources to make your move easier, let me know. If you still need to request your FREE Napa Valley Relocation Package, it’s simple and quick – request your personalized relocation package now!