You’ve signed the closing docs, and the deal is done. Now it’s time for the big move.
With or without movers, pacing and planning are the keys to a safe and successful transition.
What about the days before the move?
You might want to consider deep cleaning the new house. The walls, floors, counters and baseboards will never be this exposed again. Run a load or two through the dishwasher and washing machine. Dust high sills and don’t forget the refrigerator.
A bug bomb is a good idea. Even if you can’t see them, they might be there. You can accomplish this only one time and still have time to clear any noxious fumes before children or pets show up.
If you always have a “moving plan” in the back of your mind, it can lessen the impact.
Create a helpful binder to hold all the paperwork you will need – receipts, estimates and your “moving inventories.”
Pack infrequently used items first. Note items of special value. If you do decide to use movers at all, declare in writing anything valued at more than $100 per pound.
Label the contents and destination on each box so you don’t have to unpack everything the first night. Pack “essentials” – soaps, shampoos, lotions and towels last and put them somewhere easily reachable.
Also make sure you have a couple of changes of clothes for the first few days of settling in.
The moving parts
Don’t stay up all night trying to get everything done in one day. Wash and dry all your family’s favorite sheets and blankets, and pack them away for use as soon as you move in. Your first few nights in a new house should be filled with pleasant sleeping experiences.
Remember to eat: You need your strength. Check out the area for the nearest supermarkets and go shopping. Scout out a few favorite chain restaurants. Make sure you have plenty of local takeout and pizza numbers handy.
Protect your body from injury by stretching thoroughly ahead of time and after each day’s work.
Always lift with your legs – not your back – and be careful with angles so you don’t get fingers smashed or wedged. Wear gloves to protect your hands and sneakers or boots with good tread. Use hand trucks and dollies to lessen the strain.
Avoid wearing long or loose clothing that might get stuck or twisted. Keep plenty of water on hand to stay hydrated.
Easy does it
Load and unload boxes in the early morning hours. Most people move when the weather is warm, and the heat can sap energy quickly.
After a few hours of unpacking, take a break and go out and meet the neighbors. They’re probably curious about you at this point. If they are outside doing yard work or socializing, all the better. As soon as you introduce yourself, the place will start to feel like home.