If you’re moving into your first house, there’s no doubting the excitement you’re probably feeling. There are so many things to think about when it comes to being a first-time homeowner. You must find property in a neighborhood that fits your needs; go through the process of making an offer and finalizing the sale of the home; make arrangements to set up utility services; and if you’re renting, all of this must be done by the time you have to be out of your old place. It may seem overwhelming to start planning your actual move on top of all of that, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re offering first time homeowners a few simple tips that will take any hassle and stress right out of your upcoming move.
Wait to Decorate
Arguably the most exciting part of moving into a new house is the prospect of getting to decorate it any way you want. When thinking of this, it’s probably tempting to go out and get a lot of new decorations and furniture before you move in, so that you can arrange everything right away. However, remember that a large part of the cost of moving comes from the weight of all your items. More items mean more weight, which makes transportation more expensive.
When it comes to decorating your new home, especially with respect to buying furniture, it’s best to wait until after you’ve moved in to do most of it. In fact, if you’re planning to replace older furniture that’s in sellable condition, have a garage sale before you move out and use the money toward purchasing new furniture online. If any furniture is not in sellable condition, you can still donate them to a local charity. This way, you can schedule deliveries for after you move while simultaneously getting rid of the heaviest items in your home before you move. It’s a win, win.
Decluttering your current home is a great way to prepare for a move and cut moving costs. Sit down and determine what you really want to bring with you, try limiting it to the things you use on at least a weekly basis. This process will be much easier if you’ve sold or donated older furniture as suggested above. Decluttering will make packing easier and significantly cut down on the load/unload time of your move, saving you money.
Hire the Pros
The previous two suggestions will set you up perfectly to get the most out of a professional moving company. Many people mistakenly equate professional moving companies with high price tags. The fact is, professionals have years of experience that makes them better equipped to prevent item damage and optimize available time during a move. If you remove heavy furniture, pack properly, and declutter your home, you will drastically cut down on the cost of hiring movers. Moving companies can also offer long or short-term storage options incase you find that you need to store some of your belongings.