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Five Tips When Preparing for A Big Household Move

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Getting ready to make that big move? Congratulations! Here’s where you’ve got to hunker down and make sure that the things on your to-do list get crossed off. I’m here to help. That’s why I’ve pulled together some helpful tips on how to make that big move once you’re ready to do it. Remember, you’re just about to cross the finish line!

Tip Number One: Find that Home

You can’t make the move until you know where you’re moving. Make sense? Yes, but some people start planning backwards. You need to find your new home, finance it, and close on it successfully before you start planning the move to your next place. Get in touch if you need help doing this – I’m more than happy to be of assistance!

Tip Number Two: Get Familiar with Your New Neighborhood

If you’re moving somewhere new, you’re going to want to feel comfortable. The major ticket to doing this is to get familiar with the place where your new home – and you – reside. One way to do this is simply to walk the streets, talk to neighbors, pop into local coffee shops, and start getting familiar with the surroundings that you’ll be seeing on a regular basis. The more you know, the better off you are!

Tip Number Three: Task out a Moving Timeline

If you’re trying to get things done – in any way – it’s super helpful to have a timeline from which you can work. Make you sketch out exactly what needs to get done, by whom, and by what date. Here’s where an Excel spreadsheet, shared with all members of the household, can be extremely helpful since tasks can be listed, organized, and checked off when they are (mercifully!) completed.

Tip Number Four: Calculate Your Moving Budget

I’ve used the metaphor of wanting filet mignon on a steak budget, but it’s worth repeating. Fact is, you can only afford the move that you can afford. That means you may or may not wind up lugging your own heavy items into the moving van, or not, depending on how much you’re willing and able to spend on this endeavor. And you’re not going to know that until you calculate things out. Figure in all costs – transportation, moving supplies, and the intangibles such as time and energy. Keep in mind that the health of your back is paramount, so lift with the knees!

Tip Number Five: Decide What to Keep and What to Toss

If you’ve been looking for a reason to purge those belongings that you rarely touch and never actually use, you’ve found it. Why pay good money and use your personal energy moving things that are of no use to you? Instead, go through your belongings with a sharp eye and a lot of trash bags. Decide what to toss, what to donate, and finally, what goes with you. A few words of advice: if it’s got dust on it, it may be something that is not of immediate interest to you – or you just don’t like dusting. In any event, if you haven’t thought about it recently, is it really going to matter whether or not it comes with you? Make sure to discuss this decision with other household members lest they find their precious Homer Simpson memorabilia collection stuck in the trash bin. That would be – cough – terrible.

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