June 15th, 2018 By Chris Thompson in Blog
While for many people summer means endless parties and vacations, for others, it’s a time to pack up and move. Home sales in summer months account for 40 percent of an average year’s total residential real estate sales volume.1
It’s an inescapable fact of life that, at some point, everyone will have to move. Maybe you’re starting college in the fall, changing your career, or striking out on your own. Regardless of the reason, you likely want to make the process as simple as possible.
Why make it harder than it has to be?
Take Stock of Your Possessions
There’s no better time to take stock of the things you’ve collected over the years than when you’re preparing to move. You may find yourself asking why you thought it was a good idea to keep your clothes from high school or why you kept an old TV that you know you’re never going to use. Take this opportunity to purge. While it may sound like a chore, it will speed up the packing process and simplify moving day.
Movers tend to base prices on weight and volume, so the less you have to move the more affordable it will ultimately be.
Not sure what to do with your unwanted or unneeded possessions? Consider these options:
- Donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army or other charities
- Have a garage sale
- Sell items online using one of these apps to people in your area
Even after donating or liquidating your unwanted items, the sheer volume of stuff you need to put into boxes often acts as a psychological barrier to beginning the process. Where do you start? Here’s our best advice for painless packing.
Get organized early – It’s easier said than done, but don’t wait until the last minute to pack. Create a week-by-week countdown list and itemize everything you need to accomplish.
Calculate which moving supplies you’ll need – Use an online packing calculator – like this one from Moving.com – to estimate the number of boxes and other supplies you’ll need to pack up your home.
Put together a packing kit – Stay organized and establish a packing system. This strategy works well for families of three or more. It’s a good idea to arm each person with packing materials, pens, markers (to label boxes) and an inventory sheet for them to make sure they’ve got everything in their room clearly labeled, organized and packed.
Pack non-essentials first and essentials last – Pack up items that you don’t use frequently early on in your packing process. Are you going to use that Crockpot in the next month? Or those Christmas decorations in July? You know your habits. If the answer is no, pack it up and save the essentials such as deodorant, clothes and toothbrushes for last.
Pick the right transportation – There’s nothing worse than having everything packed only to realize your mode of transportation won’t fit it all. According to moving experts, the contents of most houses can be moved in a 24’ truck with one or two trips, depending on how many things you’re taking with you.2
Set Yourself Up for Success
The logistics of moving can feel overwhelming, especially if left for the last minute. When the day finally arrives, its best to avoid chaos. Here’s a checklist of things to take care of before the big day to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
Notify people and institutions about your change of address: Inform the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) of your change in permanent address within 30 days of your move. You will also need to notify:
- United States Postal Service (USPS)
- Current employer (so they can send you tax documents)
- Your insurance companies
- Subscription services
- Medical and educational facilities (i.e. schools, family physicians, etc.)
Enlist a sitter to watch children or pets: If young children or pets are part of your move, hire a sitter to ensure they have a safe place away from the inevitable chaos of moving day.
Hire professional movers well in advance: If you don’t want to haul everything yourself, make sure a moving company is available on your moving day. Schedule well in advance if you’re moving during summer and keep your movers in the loop about your needs.
Hook up essential services: Make sure essential services like internet and utilities are ready at your new home before you get there. This ensures you can take a calming bath or binge some Netflix after moving day.
Are You Looking for a Place in Maryland to Call Home?
Before you start packing up your life, make sure you have a new place to call home. The Rick & Chris Thompson Team is here to help you during one of the most important moments of your life.
We invite you to browse our local Maryland listings. If a home catches your eye or you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Maryland, contact our talented and dedicated team of real estate experts by calling 301-758-2679 or visiting us online today.