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Move with Less Stress, Organize First

August 19, 2015

MovingBuying a home is a stressful situation. There is no way around it, even when everything goes smoothly, there is so much to consider and accomplish, much like getting married, moving can take over your life. There are ways to make your transition easier, lessen the stress and help you feel at home sooner. With a little planning ahead you will be ready to leave your old abode behind and settle into your new one.

Take advantage of the closing date once you have one and prepare as much as possible before you move. Once you know your move in date you can schedule any utilities so there are no forgotten surprises. Don’t forget your insurance policies, be sure to update them prior to your move in date. If you change your address a couple of weeks before you vacate your old place, it will help ensure your bills are coming to your new place in time. Prior to packing, go through your closets and storage and discard anything you have not used in a year or no longer need. This will save you time and space, and for those things that you donate, with a receipt you can include them with your tax deductions for the year. Once you have gotten rid of the extra things, start packing those things you won’t need for a while, such as winter gear if you are moving in the summer.

While boxes are getting filled, there are some things to prepare separately from the bulk of items. For any important documents you have, including all those related to the purchase of your home, passports, and medical records, keep these in a file which you can take with you. Packing them away could result in not easily finding these documents should you need them in a pinch. Set up a box just for cleaning supplies. Whether you are moving into a pre-existing home or a new one, there is always cleaning to be done. Life in your new place will be much easier if you can readily access cleaners and scrub brushes.

Another great idea is have a “first night” box, one that has your daily toiletries, medications, a change of clothes, and even a tea kettle or coffee maker with supplies so you can get your first morning started right. As you are packing, it can help to include a list of the items on each box. Note the room the box goes into and the bulk of the items, such as plates and bowls, or books and DVDs. Write this on each side and the top, so no matter where or how it gets stacked, you can see at a glance what is in a given box. Often the last thing to go in a move are your electronics. Before you unplug them all, label the cords to match where they go, or better yet, take pictures of each. This will save a lot of time and hassle when trying to hook up the television for your first movie.

You can save money by taking advantage of what you already have. Instead of just moving your suitcases, use them to transport your clothes, blankets or pillows. Do you have storage bins for holiday decorations? Use them to move other decorative items as well, fill the bins and have fewer boxes to contend with. Come up with a floor plan of where you want to place all your major furniture before you move. Label the floors in your new place with masking tape, telling the movers or helping friends where everything will go. This will save you time and energy in the long run. Just like saving donation receipts, be sure to save any receipts from moving expenses. These can often be used for additional tax deductions, especially if you are moving due to work.

When it comes to moving, it can be stressful, but with a little preplanning and organization, you can help keep the stress levels down and the move go smoothly, making for an easier transition for you and your family. When you are ready to sell or buy a home, myself and my team are ready to help you through the entire process. We make the business of real estate a pleasure for you to experience. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at

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