New Year, New Home? Tips to Getting Ready for a Move in 2020
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Start a Calendar of Goals
You might not be ready to move just yet, but if you have a general idea of when you plan to find, buy, and move into your new home, get a moving calendar together. Even if your dates are undetermined, starting your checklists now with specific goals for projects before you move can help spread out the tasks in a manageable timeline. It will also keep you focused on goals to avoid being overwhelmed at the last minute.
Decorating for the Holidays & Decluttering as You go
In decorating your current home for the holidays, pay extra attention to any items that might be ready for packing as you go. You can avoid having to move items more than once by decluttering now and packing up what you might not need until later. As you come across things you no longer want, consider donating or selling them now. There's no need to worry about moving things you can part with. When it's officially time to move into your new home next year, you'll feel more organized, knowing you're only handling the pieces that matter most.
Identify Seasonal Maintenance Projects
Over the next few weeks and before you move, pay special attention to those little maintenance projects. A loose railing, squeaky door hinges, or a missing downspout are quick, easy fixes you can tackle now. They'll also be checked off your list when it comes time to sell your home. If selling your current home is a prerequisite for moving into your new home, taking care of maintenance issues or projects now means a clean home inspection for future buyers later.
Out with the Bright Colors, in with the Neutral Paints
Homes are unique to the homeowners. You may absolutely love your use of vibrant colors throughout yours. But, to help prepare for listing your home, you might consider starting a few repaint jobs around the house. Select more neutral tones for walls and hallways. In doing so, you'll give spaces a more substantial feel, and they'll be more inviting to prospective buyers. A little painting in the next few weeks can be one less realtor-requested task you'll have to do next year.
Start the Hunt for the Right Moving Company Partner
You might not be ready to move into your new home, or maybe you haven't even found it yet. However, if you're considering a new home in the new year, now is a good time to start your search for a moving company partner. You'll want a professional mover that can offer hassle-free packing, with safe and reliable transportation. Planning now can help you budget for the move itself as well. It can be helpful to ask about potential storage services, as well as insurance coverages. To properly vet your moving company, it's important to know about the movers' qualifications and experience levels. In finding the right assistance to help facilitate your move, you'll enjoy the process without the stress of packing, loading, and hauling yourself. Hiring professional movers for the big day can save you time and money in the end.
The New Year brings resolutions and new beginnings. If your new beginning involves a new home of your dreams, planning now can make it a smooth transition later. Start by organizing your things and fixing those maintenance problems around your house. Pack up what you don't need and declutter where you can. And, when you're ready to find the right moving company partner, contact us!
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