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9 Smart Things to Do Before You Move

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You’ve just signed the paperwork on a new home (congrats!). But soon the excitement of getting settled at your new place will wear off, and the panic of packing up boxes will set it. We’ve rounded up expert-approved tips to keep you sane and totally prepared during the move.

1. Manage packing smartly.
“For my recent move, I gave myself a daily box quota to prevent a draining weekend of non-stop packing,” says Amy Azzarito, design writer and author of Past & Present. Avoid boxing up your old place in one fell swoop, if you have the time. Remember, you’lll need some energy left to unpack, too.

2. Skip the cardboard boxes.
Target Home Style expert and blogger Emily Henderson used California-based company rentagreenbox.com for her most recent move. “A week before I moved, they dropped off sturdy boxes with attachable lids and came back to collect them once I unpacked,” she says. “No cardboard boxes, taping, or bubble wrap. Plus, its eco-friendly and can be cheaper than buying pricy moving boxes.” If you’re not in Los Angeles, companies with similar business models are popping up around the country and are just a Google search away.

3. Don’t pack your closet.
“If you use professional movers, ask them to bring several wardrobe boxes on the day of the move,” suggests Emily Schuman, author of the blog Cupcakes and Cashmere. “The movers take clothing right on the hangers and, woosh, your clothes will be in and out.” Bonus: You can skip a full day of ironing once you’re settled.

4. Switch your utilities.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but Brendon DeSimone, author of Next Generation Real Estate, says the timing is key: “As soon as you have a closing date, call the utility companies and set up a service switch.” This is especially important if you’re moving into a home that is newly built or previously vacant: Arranging a maintenance call to reestablish service might be necessary.

5. Make saying goodbye easier.
Moving from a home with sentimental value (your kids’ growth-mark notches in the doorframe!) can be gut wrenching. To ease the pain, Azzarito suggests creating a Pinterest board with things you’re excited to do in the new home, like dream decorating or new things to do in that part of town. If you have young kids, personal organizing guru Barbara Reich suggests taking a video of each child talking about their favorite part of the house to preserve the memories.

6. Haul the basics before the moving truck comes.
If your new place is within driving distance of your current home, plan to take basic supplies over the day before, says Reich. “Unpacking the bathrooms in advance and having pajamas and clothes for the next two days set aside will bring some normalcy to the chaos of the boxes,” she says.

7. Visualize life in your new home.
“Confession: I’ve been known to hang pictures while the movers have been unrolling rugs,” says interior designer Nate Berkus. While Berkus attributes his hyper-organization to his Virgo star sign, we think he has a pretty good point: “The sooner you get unpacked and organized, the sooner it feels like home.” If you move at a slower pace than Nate, plan out spots for your favoriate pieces of art and décor in advance. You’ll feel more accomplished and settled if you do.

8. Meet your neighbors the fun way.
Sure, baked goods and a friendly hello will do the trick, but if you’re going to be painting the interior walls, Henderson has a fun party idea: “It’s called a graffiti party and guests are given paint samples or markers to scribble games and notes on the wall.” Don’t be shy about hosting a gig sans furniture; this relaxed party theme is built around pizza and folding chairs.

9. Discover the local resources.
Take a walk around your new neighborhood and be sure to introduce yourself to people you pass by. DeSimone says this is the best way to get a recommendation for a handy man, neighborhood favorite babysitter and get to know the lay of the land. If your life was an ABC Sunday night drama, these meet-and-greets would be peppered with salacious gossip on the community’s comings and goings (ha!).

You Need To Read This!

Below is a checklist to help you prepare for your move. You don’t have to do everything at once – we promise.

Five to eight weeks before moving:

  1. Calculate moving expenses and create a moving expense receipt file.
  2. Verify with your insurance company and credit card companies that your belongings are covered for the move.
  3. Transfer insurance policies to your new address.
  4. Contact doctor, dentist, pharmacist and vet for referrals.
  5. Begin using food and cleaning supplies already on hand.
  6. Start cleaning closets, bookcases and other storage areas.
  7. Have a yard sale or donate unwanted items to charity.

Three to five weeks before moving:

  1. Research and choose a bank at your new location.
  2. Schedule disconnection of utilities.
  3. Contact utility companies in new area to sign up for new service.
  4. Register your children in their new schools.
  5. Begin packing nonessential items like books, seasonal clothing or sporting equipment.
  6. Call 1st Choice Movers to schedule your move. 904-373-9974

Day of the move:

  1. Consolidate any items that should not be packed or moved with the shipment into one or two specific areas of your home and advise the moving crew. This would include items being transported in your personal vehicle(s) such as clothing, medicines, pet supplies and animal carriers.
  2. Then sit back…….relax and let us take care of everything else.

Moving Long Distance

Interstate moving can sound like a hassle, but 1st Choice Movers makes it easy!

At 1st Choice Movers, we are completely dedicated to customer satisfaction, which is why we employ the most dependable and professional movers. Our Jacksonville moving company provides you with comprehensive packing and moving services. When you have an upcoming interstate move that originates in one state and ends in another, it can be very stressful on you and your family.

  • The benefits of our long distance moving services include:
  • Safely packed items
  • Clean, safe trucks
  • Professional movers
  • Courteous drivers

 

We have found that customers like yourself find it is worth the investment to hire Jacksonville movers, because it saves you an enormous amount of time and stress. Our top priority is to use our experience to carefully get you and your belongings to your destination in a safe and efficient manner. Please call us now at (904) 373-9974 to get started!

Do You Know About This?

Do you know about our white glove delivery service? After many years of experience in the moving business, our team here at 1st Choice Movers knows that during the moving process it can be hard to keep track of everything. If you have stored items with us and need them to be delivered or you have purchased something from a local retailer and would like it brought to your home, we can help. We are interested in exceeding your expectations and take the time to bring your things exactly where you need them.