In case you missed the IGTV Live on June 10th with Ali Wenzke, author of The Art of Happy Moving, we wanted to be sure to share some key takeaways when looking to move including best practices, decluttering tips and top ways to save money.
Can I Still Move During the Pandemic?
Yes! Things have changed a bit, but realtors and movers are adapting to the industry and making it much easier to move. Since the pandemic, lots of realtors have been investing in remote touring and 3D walkthroughs for a more comfortable way to view homes. In any instances where face-to-face communication is necessary, all parties are taking the necessary steps like wearing masks and gloves for wellness and safety measures. Moving during the pandemic can be stressful, but it is so rewarding at the end. Just make sure to go easy on yourself, because you will get through it!
What You Should Do Before, During, and After a Move
Moving day is coming, are you prepared?
Before a move, it’s worth noting if you should even move at all! Go through a bit of soul searching and decide whether or not the move is right for you. Try making a list of your life goals and see if the move aligns with those goals. For example, if you’re moving for a job but the top priority on your list is being close to family, does that move really make sense?
During a move, be sure to declutter! It takes a lot of the stress away and eliminates a good chunk of the cost of moving unwanted items.
After a move, create some new habits. 36% of successful habit changes are because of a change to a new place, so try to take advantage of that fresh start.
Top Tips To Save Money When Moving
Search around for free moving supplies on places like Craigslist or various Facebook groups.
Plastic storage containers are a great investment when moving. It’s a bit more of an upfront cost but they last much longer and can be used for storage in the future.
Declutter, declutter, declutter! The more you have the more expensive it is to move.
Consider doing a DIY move to save some cash.
If you’re looking for movers to help out with the move, make sure to call around and negotiate pricing.
Book movers early and be flexible with your move-in date (if possible). It’s more expensive to move on prime weekends than it is midweek or off season.
Advice for Couples Moving in Together for the First Time
Moving in together is an adjustment that involves serious thought and preparation. It’s hard when you have two of everything and not knowing what to do with it all! Start off by taking inventory of all the larger items and collectively decide which ones are staying and which ones aren’t, and then go from there. Make sure to keep in mind what will fit in the new space as well.
Declutter your own items and don’t get rid of things without the other’s permission. Moving in together is all about compromise, so you really have to figure out what you and your partner both can’t live without. Making sure both of you are represented in your new home is so important!
Top Three Forgotten Things To Do When Moving
Give yourself enough time to declutter, pack efficiently, etc. Many people wait until the last minute to get the ball rolling, but the sooner you start, the more stress-free it will be. The whole process of moving usually takes 50% longer than you’d think.
If planning to donate any items, keep in mind that many nonprofits take about 2 weeks to schedule a pickup — so schedule early! You definitely don’t want to move those big unwanted items, so when you go through the decluttering process it may be helpful to plan the donation pickup of big items first since those are the most expensive to move.
Don’t make the mistake of not measuring your furniture and end up like Ross on Friends! Always be sure your furniture fits in your new place, there is nothing more stressful than getting there and finding out your couch doesn’t fit.
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