Make Yourself a Moving Checklist to Take the Stress Out of Moving

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If you’re going to be moving home, then you need to ensure that you are keeping yourself organized. This can be a very stressful time if you don’t manage to keep on top of things, resulting in stress that isn’t necessary at all. One of the things that you can do to avoid this build up of stress is to make a checklist of all the things that you need to sort in order for you to be able to move. As each task is completed, you can tick it off and move on to the next one. This keeps everyone organized, and gets things done in a more efficient manner.

In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that should be on your checklist for moving, so that you don’t end up overwhelmed with stress. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.

Do You Have Somewhere Else to Live?

The first thing that you need to put on your list is somewhere else to live. If you want to move straight into somewhere permanent for you and your family, you have to start looking yourself. It is possible to put in offers on homes when you have a chain attached to you, meaning that you won’t be able to purchase until the sale of your home is complete. It’s important that you start looking for a new place to live as soon as you know that you are going to be selling your home. Not only do you need to know what kind of homes are out there, you need to work on finding one that fits your specific needs and wants. 

If you don’t have somewhere else to live lined up, this can cause you a lot of stress. Of course, you can look into somewhere temporary and hire self storage for the time being. It’s not the end of the world, so you don’t have to panic.

Have You Hired Professional Movers?

You should also ensure that on your list is finding the best professional moving company possible to handle your move. Too many people try to do this on their own, and all it does is end up causing more stress, and often last minute calls to local movers. We don’t want this to be the case for you, so it’s as simple as looking into the type of mover you need, and finding a company that is available on your date, and can offer you the services that you require. 

For example, if you are going to be moving abroad, then you are going to need to be looking specifically at moving companies that handle international moving. It’s important to make this known because there are a lot of companies who are only equipped to handle local moving, but this service isn’t going to be any good for you. If you are unsure about whether or not this is offered by the business you are looking at, you can always call them and enquire.

Get the Boxes Packed

Of course, one of the most important things for your checklist is to get the moving boxes packed and ready to go. These should be labeled with what is in them or simply what room in the home that they are going to be moved into. This saves you opening the boxes when you get to the new place, looking in them and then having to move them into the correct area. The good news is that you can start packing boxes as soon as you know that you’re going to be moving. This saves you a lot of stress down the line, as a lot of the heavy lifting is already going to be done.

When you are packing your boxes, you need to make sure that you are throwing out things that you no longer need or want. It’s never easy to throw things away, but you can’t take everything to the new place, or it’s not really going to feel like a fresh start. Sort through the things that you no longer want to keep, and sell or trash them when you get the chance.

Make Any Repairs That Are Needed

In order to sell your home successfully, you are going to need to go through the property and make any repairs that need completing. This can range from any number of things such as filling in the holes in the wall which you will be able to do yourself with some filler from your local DIY store, all the way to problems with the roof. It’s true to say that you are going to need to hire professionals if the problem has anything to do with electrics or plumbing. The reason behind this is that if you don’t have the proper training, then you run the risk of making the issue worse than it was before, and having to call in a professional anyway. 

Making the repairs that are needed will make it easier to sell your home, but can also increase the value of it. People are willing to pay more for a home that they do not have to do any work to, as they won’t have to shell out to make repairs as soon as they move in.

Get the Home Valued

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We also recommend that you get your home valued by a professional. While you do not have to list your property for the price that has been given to you, you can use it as a starting point or a guide. It’s important that you take the time to complete all of the necessary work on the home, and make all of the improvements that you have planned before you get the home valued so that you get an accurate number. Once you have the number from the professional, you can decide what to list your house for.

Sort Out Your Curb Appeal

Head outside for this part of getting your home ready. Your garden needs to match the interior of your home. If you have taken the time to clean your home top to bottom then you also need to spend an equal amount of time on the garden. If you have a front garden then this will be one of the first things people see when they approach your property. This needs to be appealing and welcoming for any guests and the future owners. Sort out the grass and get rid of any weeds that have cropped up while you have been living there. You will need to do similar things to the back garden, keeping the grass neat and tidy alongside any plants you have. You may be taking these with you when you leave so you want to ensure they are in the best condition possible. 

Clean the Home From Top to Bottom

Once you have sold your current home and have found your ideal place to live then it is time to clean your home. This should be spotless from top to bottom. Think about it this way, would you want to move into a home that was dirty or grimy on arrival? If the answer is no, then don’t expect other people to do it. The key to cleaning your entire home is don’t look at it as a whole job. Take a room and tackle it whenever you get the chance. It can be impossible to clean a whole home, especially if you have to go to work and do it in your free time

Once you have sorted out one room then you can move onto the next. Focus on the areas that are generally missed when you carry out the daily or weekly cleans. These areas include the sides of the bath where black mold can grow and oven hoods where dust forms in thick layers. Make sure you have also cleaned the oven and fridge if you are leaving these for the new owners. The floors throughout your property should also be cleaned. If you have hardwood flooring then this is slightly easier to clean than carpets. All you need to do is sweep, mop, and steam the floors to ensure they are free from dirt and germs. Carpets are another story and will take slightly more time to clean. You will need to vacuum and then shampoo them, you will really notice the difference once this has been done. 

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that should be on your checklist when you’re going to be moving homes. Too many people leave things to the last minute, and don’t make a list of all the things that need to be done, resulting in something being missed, or someone being extremely stressed. A checklist will help you to avoid both of these things, as you will know exactly what has been done and what still needs to be done. We wish you the very best of luck with your move, and hope that it goes successfully.

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