That brand-new house ó with the empty closets and the
gleaming floors ó is all yours. Now all you have to do
is move your stuff. Depending on how long youíve lived
in your last home, that could be a daunting task.
a little preparation and a lot of organization, moving
into your new home wonít break the bank ó or your
back. Here are some tips to make your move as painless
you wait until the last minute, chances are youíll
just start throwing stuff in boxes and youíll take
items you donít need ó and you will be unable to
find things you do need once youíre there. Start at
least three weeks before your move. With all the other
details from the sale plus your daily obligations,
packing will take longer than you think.
If you donít need it, donít take it
donate, or toss anything you havenít used for a while
and isnít essential to your life. Start with clutter
thatís laying around, then work your way through the
closets. Sort items into piles to keep, sell, donate or
throw away. The less stuff you have, the less you need
to pack and unpack. It will save you time and money, and
keep the new house from immediately looking cluttered.
What to put where
and bubble wrap are great for delicate items. (To save
money, check out U-Haulís "Take a Box, Leave a
Box" program where you can pick up free used boxes
and leave used ones for others.) Be sure to place only
lighter items in bigger boxes and save heavier items for
smaller boxes. You donít want to break the box ó or
anyoneís back. Use trash bags for soft unbreakable
items such as linens and clothing, which will save money
and space, and leave items in furniture drawers, if theyíre
not too heavy. Donít forget to label all your
containers, preferably on more than one side. Also, pack
a suitcase with items youíll need immediately.
Go pro or do it yourself
a professional mover will cost more than hiring a truck
for yourself, keep in mind all the costs of moving on
your own and decide whether the price difference is
worth the pain. If you plan to do it yourself, remember
to budget for gas, hand-truck rentals and the meals youíll
have to pay your helpers. Most moves of less than 100
miles are considered local and are charged by the hour,
and some charge less during the week or mid-month. If
your belongings are organized and ready to go, the cost
will be lower. Get a written, binding estimate from a
company that will come and look at the inventory. Check
with the California Public Utilities Commission (cpuc.ca.gov/transportation)
for reputable in-state movers.
a calendar, make lists (apps such as Wunderlist or the
wunderlist.com website can help) and put down everything
you need to do, such as changing the mailing address and
disconnecting the utilities (you should call a week
ahead of the move).
sure to have a set of clean sheets handy. Even if you
have to leave your mattress on the floor the first
night, itíll feel great crawling into a fresh bed and
getting a good nightís sleep in your new home.