The course of moving to your dream home has its ups and downs according to psychologists. The upside is that you can finally stay in a house that you have been saving up for since the day when you have started earning. The downside, on the other hand, is that you have to box up all of your belongings and haul them over to the new residence.
In reality, this can get catastrophic if not done right. Some people lose important objects and send them off to the Salvation Army on accident. Others break furniture and need to spend the money that they don’t have to replace it. In the end, the event that’s supposed to be celebrated brings stress and sometimes even depression to you.
Assuming you already have too much on your plate to entertain such a possibility, here are some of the things that should be on your pre-moving home checklist.
1. Make An Inventory Of All Your Possessions
At least a week before you begin packing, you should scrutinize every furniture, collection, or random object in the house and take note of their distinguishing factors. For instance, you know that you have a box of silverware and a collapsible ladder with a tiny dent on one rung. If possible, you can also take a photo of them.
Doing this will ascertain that you know the current state of your stuff. You have proof of which ones are still in perfect condition or already have stains or scratches. Thus, in case something gets mishandled during the moving process, you can quickly pinpoint the issue and get some reimbursement from the moving company.
2. Figure Out The Value Of Each Object To You
The next thing that you should do is stick small pieces of paper on every single thing that you own. On each one, you can write words like Keep, Donate, or Throw Away to know which items should be hauled to your new house, go to the donation centers, or get dumped in the garbage, respectively.
Not many people feel the need to do this, especially if the plan is to hire professional movers. The truth, however, is that moving people ideally do not know you that well to realize the value of your possessions in your heart and mind. They cannot label everything for you. You ought to find the time to go through your stuff and mark each one thoroughly.
3. Clear Away The Items That Are No Longer Of Use
Now that you have already sorted out your things, you can clear away the items that are no longer of use to you. Remember that not everything labeled Donate has to go to Goodwill or Salvation Army. Some of them can be sold in a garage sale or given directly to the charity. Others may be objects that your family members or friends may want to have.
4. Organize Documents Accordingly
The tax records, land titles, and other official documents that you used to store under your desk have to be organized in folders before the moving day. This is a necessary step to take to verify that not even a single paper will be left behind or thrown in the trash. This can eventually lessen your worries about moving since you know that the critical files are already secured.
5. Contact The Movers And Cleaners
This is an optional part because your brand-new home may only be two blocks away from the current one or there are a lot of friends and family members who can help out with the cleaning process. If you have neither, though, it is best to contact the reliable movers and cleaners in town to speed things up. Try to do this at least a week before you are supposed to leave so that there will not be any hassle along the way.
6. Do A Final Inspection Of The House
Once your possessions have been loaded in the moving vehicle properly, it will do you well to comb through the entire place to make sure that you have indeed packed everything. To be specific, inspect the built-in cabinets, the garage, and the basement early on and see if you have forgotten packing something. Considering everything seems to be accounted for, then you can say goodbye to your old house.
If you can do all the things mentioned in this checklist, you may not think again that changing houses is as horrible as what other people claim. These are not difficult to remember, and it is fine if you want to add more items to check off. What matters is that you can instantly move into your dream home with lesser concerns.