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Stephanie Souza-Breault
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(805) 440-0678
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  1. Moving

You've made it through closing, bought your dream home, and now it's time to move! Many people dread moving, but don't let it get the best of you. Instead, follow these simple steps to have a seamless, stress-free move.


Prepare 


  • Preparing is the best thing you can do to set yourself up for moving success. Prior to your move, set up your postal mail forwarding, start utility service at your new location, and stop service at your current location. Head to the store and gather all your moving supplies. This should include boxes, markers, tape, labels, sandwich bags, plastic wrap, and any other packing equipment you might need. Well in advance of relocating, consider how you will conduct the move. Will you be doing it all yourself or hiring a moving company? Don't forget to reserve a truck or POD if needed.  Call a couple of moving companies for quotes - you will be surprised at the difference in pricing.  
  • 60 days before your move:
    • Go thru all your belongings and set aside all your belongings that you no longer use or need.  Once you have done that separate into 4 piles:  Donate, sell, recycle, trash.
    • Hold a garage sales to sell as much as your "sell pile" as possible.  The more you get rid of the less you will have to move and it will be nice to have some extra cash for the move!

Pack



  • When you're ready to start packing, be sure to pack smart. Start by filling up an overnight bag that includes all the essentials you'll want as soon as you arrive at your new place. This might include your laptop and toiletries.
  • Place all items you'll need first in a box or container you can easily identify from the rest. A clear or colored plastic bin works well.
  • Check out our packing overview to learn how to pack for your move like a pro.  It is highly suggested that you pack as if you are on vacation for 2-4 days - that insures you that you will have all that you need for a few days while you unpack and find the rest of your items.
  • 30 days before your move:
    • Call your moving company to find out if they connect/disconnect applicances, cable, internet, etc.  If they do - great.  If they don't, then schedule companies to be there that day to help with getting everything set up for your family.

Label 


  • 14 days before your move: 
  • As you're packing, don't forget to label. Knowing what is in each box can save you lots of time in your new space. You can label using tape and a marker, or a label maker. On each label, include a description of the contents, which room of the house it's all for, whether the box contains anything breakable, and an estimate of the weight (light, medium, heavy).  This is a huge help if you have movers of friends helping you move.  They will know where to exactly which rooms to put items in.  
  • Have your valuables in a separate box that you keep with you.  Jewerly, laptops, safe, antiques, etc.
  • Have a box labeled for the essentials that you will need as soon as you start putting your new house together.  Sheets, bathroom items, pillows, toilet paper, towels, soap, snacks, etc.  Keep this box with you so you know exactly where it is at.  This will help the stress level on moving day.

Move 


  •  The day of the move:
  • While actually moving into your new space, put each clearly labeled box in its corresponding room. Once you've unloaded, start by cleaning. Dust, vacuum, sweep, and wipe down surfaces before you begin unpacking.  If you have the ability to - hire a cleaning crew to clean the house before you unpack.
  • If you have people to help you move - walk thru the house with them and show them the rooms so they know where to put the boxes.  Your job is to direct traffic the day of the move.  It is easier to have the boxes in the right rooms before you start the unpacking process.
  • As you unload, start with the most critical rooms first and take time to organize your belongings.
  • Now that you're in your new home, relax and enjoy! Visit the Homeowner Resources section of our blog for inspiration on DIY projects you can begin in your new space.