It’s moving time! After months of searching for your new house, the paperwork is finally signed and it’s time to start the next season of your life. While moving is exciting, it can also be a logistical nightmare. If you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone. Over 20% of homeowners in the U.S. plan to move in 2021 and many of them are frustrated by the process. From New York to Los Angeles, people all over the United States have to deal with the stresses of packing, finding a self-storage facility, and doing their best to avoid a month-long mess after their move. Not to worry, we’ve created a checklist for you that should make preparing for your move a breeze!Organize your things.
Unless you want your U-haul sitting in the driveway for a month, filled with belongings that you’ve yet to unpack, it’s a smart idea to organize your possessions into three piles before you even pay the rental fee for a moving truck. The first pile should be for things you either want to throw away or donate. Don’t be shocked if this pile is a little bigger than you predicted. This move represents a new phase in your life, so it’s no surprise that there will be plenty of things you want to leave behind. The second pile will consist of all the things you want to keep and use for your new home. The third pile will be for everything you want to want to move to a storage facility. There are some possessions you just can’t part with, but will better serve you in a storage unit for a short-term basis in order to give you some additional space.
Move non-essential items into self-storage.
Self-storage units will be incredibly helpful as you figure out the layout of your new home, especially if you are downsizing. Most storage places are very affordable because rental rates depend on storage unit sizes, so you only pay for what your storage needs require. Storage companies also often wave their administrative fee for new customers, so if this is your first time moving, you save extra. We advise that you make a map of the storage location you are using and place it inside of one of your storage pods. That way, if you ever need something, it’s easily accessible and you don’t have to sort through piles of old books and clothes to find what you need. It’s especially helpful to take note of the electrical outlet in the interior units if you wish to keep a lamp inside so you don’t need to search in the dark.
Pre-plan the layout of your new home
Before you reserve a truck rental, it’s a great idea to measure the layout of your new home and plan where the larger pieces of furniture will go. If movers have to move a heavy bookshelf up an elevator, it can be tempting for them to leave it in the middle of the living room if they have no further instructions. Avoid creating a pile of furniture in the center of your house by handing out copies of your plan to the movers and storage team. This is a simple and easy way to bring some feng shui into your new home right from the beginning. A new home means a fresh start, so you’re going to want to take full advantage of that. As you create your plan, consider how you want your home to feel. What story do you want to tell, and what new energies do you want to bring into your life? You will be amazed at the difference a plan can make when it comes to creating a headache-free and easy move.