House to Home Relocation: A Moving Experience…
Remember when moving to a new home was an easy and even exciting endeavor? Just pack some boxes, notify the landlord, say goodbye to a few friends and hit the road. Simple.
However, for many adults and seniors, moving is not as straightforward—especially when parting a home with a lifetime’s accumulation of memories, collections and cherished belongings.
Relocating later in life can be a distressing event as we contemplate what support we will need, what items we bring our new home, and how we can preserve our treasured memories and keepsakes—and these are just the first concerns that may pop into mind.
Regardless of the circumstances, relocating can be a daunting event, both mentally and physically. But, you are not alone in making it happen. In fact, you can call upon the assistance of family, friends and relocation professionals—such as House to Home Relocation—to help ease the workload and accompanying anxiety.
Therefore, when dealing with your relocation, it is important to strategize your unique situation to ensure all your personal needs are met.
Planning your Relocation
The first and perhaps most important thing you can do in preparing your relocation is planning . This is when you need to ask yourself the critical questions that will greatly affect what you do and when you do it. Optimally, your planning should be at least six months from the date of your actual move day.
Some of the important questions to think about are:
- Have I selected and confirmed my new home?
- When do I need to be in my new home?
- What do I have to do to sell or rent my existing house?
- If I am already renting, how much advance time do I need to give?
- Do I need to get rid of possessions before I move and what will they be?
- How do I get rid of those possessions?
- Will I need to place some of my possessions in storage and where?
- Whom should I notify that I am moving and by when?
- What items do I need to carry with me while I am relocating?
- What special arrangements do I need for my pet(s)?
- Do I need to clean my current house/residence before leaving?
- Who is going to move my possessions from my current house to my new home?
- Where do I place my possessions in my new home?
- How soon after I arrive at my new home should I be settled in?
- Whom do I need to contact when I get to my new home?
- Can I manage my relocation all by myself?
- Do I “roll up my sleeves” or let a professional help?
One of the most helpful ways to organize your relocation is to develop a Relocation Binder that keeps your critical information in one spot and serves as a handy reference throughout the process of preparing for and conducting the move. Your Relocation Binder is a terrific place to keep a checklist of things you need to do and when you need to do them, and is a convenient place for resources, contacts, pictures, estimates and other documents you will acquire throughout your relocation. House to Home Relocation provides a relocation binder when clients sign up for services.
Another handy tool to have for your relocation is a written checklist of critical tasks that you need to accomplish before, during and after your move. Below are links some of the more comprehensive websites to find checklists for your moving support:
- Moving Company Guide
- The Moving Checklist
- Moving Timeline by MarthaStewart.com
- NASMM’s Guide to Stress-Free Rightsizing and Relocation
10 Keys to Downsizing
We are often asked to speak before groups about downsizing from a larger home to a smaller home. Here are 10 tried and true tips to consider.
- Embrace imperfection. Before you even begin, resolve to focus on getting what you need done as quickly and efficiently as you can given the time and resources you have. Remember the proverb: A beautiful thing is never perfect. Go for beauty.
- Strategize. Figure out what you value (both emotionally and financially) and what you need to do to honor what’s important to you, and then create a timeline of what you will do when.
- Think resale. If you’re selling your house, consider what you need to sell, donate, or gift to friends and relatives before you put your house up for sale or before your move.
- Break it down. Especially if you’ve lived in your house for many years, figuring out how to handle downsizing is overwhelming. Set aside a manageable amount of time each day to work on one or two small tasks.
- Don’t pack it. It’s tempting to put everything in boxes to deal with later, but you’ll spend at least twice as much moving that way. It will also cost you more since you’ll pay to move things you’ll no longer use. It’s better to separate out what you’re going to sell, donate or gift, and pack only what you will need and use in your new home.”
- Be practical. As difficult as it sometimes is to part with beloved items, it is far more difficult to live in a home filled with belongings that don’t fit the space. You can make the decisions now – “Do I own my stuff, or does my stuff own me?” – and your life will be infinitely easier later.
- Map it. Take it from us: there is nothing quite like the moment you move your sofa or your large bed into a room and discover that it doesn’t fit. Before the movers arrive, we can draw your new floor plan and make sure everything fits and all the wall connections for TVs, computers, phones are in the right place.
- Be firm. Your family means well, but don’t give in to make someone else happy now when it means you’ll be unhappy later. Make decisions about your move and your time frame that are best for you.
- Schedule it. Work backwards from your target move-in date and calendar critical days and times. Decide what you want to do when. What works for your needs?
- Seek help from House to Home Relocation!
10 Challenges to Moving We Help You Overcome
Common challenges our clients have expressed include:
- Who will arrange to purchase and deliver all the supplies (boxes, padding, tape, packing paper, labels, box cutters, inventory sheets, extra tools) you will need to pack up your belongings?
- How will you know if you are getting the best deal (e.g., cost, quality) from a mover to transport your belongings?
- How will you dispose of those things that you will not take with you to your new home?
- What will you do if your furniture does not fit in your new home?
- Do you worry about packing and transporting your most valuable and treasured items? Do you worry that they will go lost or get broken?
- What if you aren’t finished packing when the movers arrive?
- On moving day, wouldn’t it be nice if you had someone to supervise the placement of your things in all the right places?
- When you arrive with your boxes in your new home and you go to look for that “one important thing,” imagine someone who knows where the item is and can locate it for you quickly.
- Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be fully moved into your new home within hours of the move instead of days or weeks later?
- Should an emergency arise during move-in day, imagine someone there with you on the spot to simply manage whatever comes up.
When relocating, the main goal is for you to endure the process with the least amount of hassle and confusion possible. Remember, help is available every step of the way, and House to Home Relocation welcomes the opportunity to assist you into your new home.
We are experienced and truly understand your concerns in facing your move. Let us help your move be safe, thorough, and complete. You deserve it.
We offer a free on-site consultation with no time limit!