Are you planning to move houses?
You’re not alone. Every year, about 40 million Americans pack up their belongings and head for new neighborhoods, towns, cities, states, and even countries. Whether you’re moving one block or thousands of miles away, one thing doesn’t change: you’ll move into a new house.
If you’ve never moved before, you might not be familiar with the moving process. OK, you might have a rough idea of what will happen, but a rough idea isn’t enough when you’re moving houses, especially considering that moving is one of the most stressful events.
To help make your move to a new house smoother, we’re fleshing out what happens in a typical move. Read on!
Ensure Your New House Is Ready for a Move-In?
The state of the house you’re moving into determines important details about your move, such as the date of moving. If it’s a rental house that’s currently occupied, for example, you have to wait until the tenant moves out and the landlord readies it for a move-in.
You’ve got greater flexibility if the new house is already vacant. Perhaps you purchased it or the tenant has already moved.
Keep in mind that getting a new house ready isn’t just about ensuring it’s repaired and cleaned. You also want to ensure important utility services, such as fiber internet, are installed before you move in.
Once you’ve established that the new house is ready, it’s time to move to the next step.
Pick a Moving Date and Create a Budget:
Settle on a moving date a couple of weeks before the actual move. Don’t just choose a random date. Be strategic about it.
Consider your lifestyle, for instance. If you work a 9 to 5 job, it means your moving day options are limited to the weekend. If you’ve got a big family that includes school-going children, you also want to factor in their schedules.
After the date, focus on creating a moving budget.
Like most people, the assumption is you’ll hire professional movers. They make the work a lot easier and convenient. Shop around and get quotes from multiple movers in your area.
Alternatively, you might want to hire a storage facility, which can be easier than a truck, especially if you don’t want to move with most of your belongings. Still, shop around and get multiple quotes.
With the quotes, you can then choose the one that suits your financial needs.
Take Stock and Start Packing Up!
New house? Check
Moving date? Check
Moving budget? Check
What remains is for you to take stock of what you own and starting packing your intimate belongings. If you’re hiring professional movers, they’ll do majority of the packing, but there are items you’d want to park yourself. Purchase enough moving boxes and label them correctly.
Now you can wait for moving day and look forward to a new life in your new home.
The Moving Process Explained:
The moving process can seem complicated to the uninitiated, but once you get one move in your locker, you realize it’s a pretty straightforward process. Hiring professional movers really takes a lot of the work out of your hands, and planning for the move several weeks in advance helps a lot.
Good luck with the move and be sure to keep an eye on our blog for more helpful hacks.