Your home staging plan worked, you’re under contract, and now a new family will soon be living in your home. But between packing, making arrangements at the new place, and entertaining the kids, it can be exhausting. Here are a few tips to help you get through moving day with your sanity intact:
Pack an overnight bag. Even if you arrive at your new home the same day of your move, chances are, you’ll be too tired to dig through your bags and boxes for necessities. Pack an overnight bag that includes toiletries, medication, pajamas, clean clothes for the next day, personal electronics, and chargers. Beagles & Bargains recommends packing your dog’s regular food and water bowls to help minimize anxiety.
Let the kids help. Depending on your children’s ages, they can actually be a big help. Give them a special job to complete, if for no other reason than to keep them busy and out of harm’s way while the movers are on site. Young children can be given a laundry basket full of unmatched socks or ask to fold towels while you’re busy in other areas. Older kids should be put in charge of watching younger siblings or making sure the car is packed with your overnight bags. For the road trip that follows, help your kids beat boredom with these 13 ideas from The Spruce.
Keep your pets out of the way. If you have teens, they can keep watch on the dog, too. Give them a list of responsibilities that includes keeping your pet behind closed doors and out from under foot of the movers. Have your teen provide lots of extra snuggles and physical activity for your pet during the move. Another option is to book a day at a doggy day care or overnight boarding facility.
Color code everything. You can make moving a much simpler process by ensuring boxes with personal items that belong together are color-coded. For example, those that go in your bedroom are taped with green while boxes that belong in the kitchen are sealed with white tape.
Put aside papers and valuables. There are certain things you don’t want in the moving truck. Items of high sentimental value, such as irreplaceable photos and family heirlooms, should be kept with you at all times. Additionally, keep within your reach birth certificates, financial information, medication, Social Security cards, medical documents, and any other forms of identification or documentation you may need. Updater.com notes that valuables, such as expensive jewelry, should be stored in a bank vault if you’re moving locally. This also applies to cash and credit/debit cards.
Relax and have fun. Perhaps most importantly, take steps to keep yourself and your family calm and relaxed. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment of moving into a new home and forget that not everyone – especially young children – can keep up a steady pace without a break. Take some time to make the move a fun and positive experience for the entire family and you’ll be less stressed throughout the entire process. Stop for ice cream, visit a few offbeat attractions along the way, and make the drive a bonding experience by playing games, singing songs, and enjoying your family’s company.
It’s no doubt that moving can be overwhelming. And the larger your property, the tougher the logistics. But if you take the time to plan ahead, you’ll be able to focus on the task at hand once moving day arrives. So relax, go with the flow, and enjoy the ride.
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