Awhile back, Ronnica discussed how to move like a minimalist.
Originally, I intended this post to piggyback on that very topic, but as I prepared this, it occurred to me that moving a house–and a household–is a different animal than that which Ronnica discussed. This particular move is also different in many other areas, including the ultimate destination and the reasons for the move.
To that end, here are a few tips and tricks that have proven useful to me during the past two weeks of moving preparation. While I think many of us would like to stay where we are at, should you find yourself at the point of a major move, perhaps these tips and Ronnica’s will help you get started on your next chapter.
This isn’t all that dissimilar to what Ronnica discussed in her minimalist moving post, and for good reason: all moves have the added benefit of providing a chance at a clean, uncluttered slate. When in doubt, throw it out (or donate it)!
2. Consider your packing options.
For all the stress this move is causing me, I really have to say that Riley’s new employer is making things as easy on our family as one could possibly hope for. I don’t even have to pack–in fact, it is discouraged. How fortunate are we?!
This is obviously an anomaly in the moving world, so it is helpful to consider what moving options are available. Are you going to pack up everything yourself, or will you have help? How will you transport your belongings? The farther you can plan things out, the less stressful (and better budgeted) things will be. Even if you have the benefit of packers AND movers at your disposal, it is helpful to be well-versed in the rules and protocol of how such an operation works.
3. Prepare your current home for departure.
Although I have moved quite a bit before now, this is my first experience with selling a house. It goes on the market today (need a house?), and is as ready as it can ever be. It is important to take into account any extra expenses preparing a house for selling–in our case, a lot of paint and cleaning supplies were the primary expenses, but depending on your case, it may involve more or less preparation.
I would also encourage you to implement as many professionals as possible in the process, from realtors and stagers, to professional photographers and dog caretakers–all of which we have employed in this process. The amount of home selling know-how I have can fit into a thimble, and I don’t think I’m alone in this. Use the gifts and talents of others to give your home the best chance for quickly selling at a good price–something I hope happens in our case very soon!
4. Prepare your new home for arrival.
We are in the midst of this one, since 1) Riley has not yet arrived in Texas, and 2) we don’t yet know where exactly we are going to settle permanently. That shouldn’t stop us (well, specifically me) from preparing my heart and mind for the new home. In my case, I have been researching towns that fit all our criteria, looking at church and school options, browsing attractions, and even reading up on the history of Texas. Knowledge is power!
What moving tips do you have?