Moving Soon? Staying Organized Can Help You Make a Smooth Transition
Moving can be a daunting and overwhelming task, especially if you are going through a long-distance relocation or have a large number of belongings. However, as one of Houston’s top property management companies, we’ve been a part of our fair share of big moves, and have the top tips to help you stay organized and make a smooth transition into your new home.
Have a Plan of Attack
One of the biggest organizational tips, when you’re doing anything, is to plan ahead. When relocating, strategize your move first, then make sure everyone involved is on board with the plan. Make a list of which items need to be moved, as well as which rooms they belong in. Jot down how they are getting from point A to point B—are they going on the moving truck? Your car? Being shipped?
Having everything written down prior to the chaos of movers and others helping move your most important things can keep everybody on the same page, so you know where your most cherished belongings are every step of the way. This strategy is also helpful when you’re all moved into your new place, as you can easily locate items that may not have made it out of boxes yet.
Create a Pros and Cons List Between Hiring a Moving Company or Doing a DIY Move
During a time as stressful as moving, hiring a packing service may be the best decision to save you time, effort and stress. Moving companies are also a great option for those who have a number of breakable possessions, such as expensive furniture or artwork, as they ensure these items are packed with care. Additionally, most companies allow you to insure these items in case of damage during the move.
However, moving companies do not come cheap, as the company must pay for the packing, labor and transportation of your things. Make a pros and cons list to help you decide whether movers are the way to go, and understand you may need to weigh cost against time. Hiring movers will cost you a couple thousand more, but it may be worth it if you’re looking at taking time off of work to get your things packed and ready for a move. You’ll also have to pay for packing supplies if you decide to move yourself.
Also, keep in mind, that if you are on a budget, some moving companies will move just your expensive and large items at a rate less than their full-service moving package. The company typically comes to your home to perform an assessment and provide you with a quote, so you can decide if this is the best option for you.
Create a Schedule for Move-In Week
Schedule your move-in week in advance, so you can be less stressed when the time to move arrives. Writing down a time to defrost your refrigerator/freezer, disassemble furniture, and complete other important last-minute activities can ensure you finish them on time, and aren’t left trying to move a refrigerator that is full of water. Also be sure to pack your most important items (cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, coffee maker, etc.) in one or two marked boxes, so you have access to them immediately in your new home.
Set Up a Moving Budget
Though this step may seem unnecessary, those who move without a budget typically spend more in the long-run. If you’re using a moving company, you must account for the moving company fee, additional insurance, extra charges for large items (piano, appliances), as well as any damage fees. If you are moving yourself, you must plan for the trunk rental fee, gas/mileage, and any extra equipment rental (dolly, ramp, furniture covers, etc.). You may also want to plan for transportation (if you’re moving a car as well as the moving truck), meals and lodging during the move, child and pet care if applicable, as well as any packing supply costs or storage units as needed. You should also budget money for your rental or loan costs. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Lawyer Fee
- Survey Fee
- Title Fee
- Inspection/Appraisal Fee
- Home or Renter’s Insurance
- Redecorating/Renovation Cost
- Property Taxes
- Utility Deposits
- Rental Deposit
- Pet Deposit
- Cleaning Fee
- Parking fees
- Trash Service
You can use any budgeting template to tally your total cost. We suggest always allowing for an additional 5% in contingency to make sure you’re covered in any situation.
Have a Designated Folder for Important Documents
A great way to ensure you remain sane and stress-free during your move is to designate a folder to keep all of your important moving documents safe. You never know when you’ll need to access your lease/loan documents, utility contracts, or important receipts. Keeping them in a singular place will ensure that you can find what you need easily in a pinch.
Additionally, it is extremely important that you have a copy of your lease on-hand if you are renting. No only can this provide you with important need-to-know information, it will keep you covered in the event of poor management by your landlord or property management company.
Sort Your Items into Pack, Throw Out, and Donate
The fewer things you have to move with you, the easier your move will be. Before packing your belongings, decide what you can get rid of, through the dumpster or donation, so you have less to take with you. Ridding your belongings of clutter can save you stress when unpacking at your new home.
Have Stress Management Strategies On Hand
No matter how well you plan ahead, moving is stressful, and there will be times when you feel overwhelmed. Have some stress management strategies ready to go (such as taking time for yourself, eating well, relaxation strategies, etc.), and make sure they are easily accessible for when you’re struggling. This can help you get back on track in no time.
Live Stress Free with Houston’s Premiere Property Management Company
At Precision Realty and Management, we know that not only is moving stressful, but the daily aspects of managing and caring for your new home can be overwhelming as well. At Precision, we offer our tenants and owners services to help them best maintain their properties, such as expatriate home management services, property analysis services, and top-notch leasing services. Trust the team at Precision Realty and Management to care for your property, so you can enjoy your new home stress-free. Contact us at 281.866.7400 or https://www.precisionrealty.com/contact-us/ to talk with a team member about your property management needs today.