3 Step Guide to Help You Move House

Moving into a new home is often a daunting process because it involves so much planning and work. From simply finding a new house to packing and loading your things into a moving truck, everything needs research, time and money.

So, how about a short basic guide that will help you move house without feeling like your moving into a new universe. You can even base your more comprehensive checklist on our guide, since it will provide you the most important milestones everybody should consider when moving into a new place.

1. Getting ready for the big move

This operation should start at least eight weeks ahead of the move day and should include steps that will help you get “closure” with the old place. So, this is the time to set up mail forwarding, change your address and notify this to your banks, postal office, human resources department of your employer and other institutions that need to communicate with you in writing.

It’s also time to change over your utilities, so they can have enough time to come and make the switch. You can do this by filling in an online form. You should also start buying packing supplies, although we recommend choosing used boxes because they will help you save a lot of money and are available at almost every store, as well as online and at recycling centers. Don’t forget about tape and bubble wrap.

Make sure you already have the measurements of your new place, so you can set up your furniture without having to modify it or, worse, buy a different one. Start searching for a moving company that is reliable and can help you with your move by providing professional, insured movers. It’s easy to figure out which company is reputable because they are usual certified, insured, have a moving arbitration program to avoid small claims courts, which will help you save time and find a fair solution to any potential problem you might encounter during the moving process. And, of course, they have great reviews.

2. Pack like a pro

When it comes to packing, you will have plenty of things to consider. First, you need to decide if you’re going to pack your things yourself and with the help of friends, or just hire professionals to do this for you. While the latter option is definitely the most appealing, it also involves costs, so most of us will just start packing several weeks ahead of time.

Decide which type of moving containers you’re going to use. Used free boxes are usually the number one choice for many people because they are easy to find, practical and free. You can also use plastic containers, if you don’t mind spending a bit on acquiring them. Never wait until the last minute to start packing because packing in a hurry will make moving more stressful. Start by packing non-essential items, such as decorative things and out of season clothes, and leave the essential stuff for the last few days.

Now it’s the perfect time to clean your closets, and donate what you don’t need, or throw away what is broken or useless. Craigslist and eBay are ready to receive anything you want to sale, but if you have a garage, you can always put together a garage sale. Fragile items should always be packed with bubble wrap first.

Don’t forget to label each box to make things easier for you when you start unpacking, and number your boxes, for inventory. Important papers and documents, as well as valuable things should be carried in your own car.

3. Moving in

The big day has arrived and all your stuff are already in your new home. Unpacking should be less hard than packing, so you’re on the right track here. Check out your inventory to see if any of your boxes are missing and, if everything is all right, start distributing them into the right rooms. However, before starting to unpack, make sure you clean up the place first and dust it thoroughly. You’ll work better in a clean space.

It’s time now to assemble your furniture, which will fit perfectly, because you already know all the measurements of your new home and exactly which piece of furniture goes where. After all your furniture is set in place, you can start unpacking. First, you should fill your closets. This will take some time, but it will help you get rid of the majority of your boxes.

You’re done! Don’t forget to recycle your used boxes and papers used for wrapping.

Hiring the Right Home Builder

If you’re looking for a new home, you have probably already thought about the idea of building a new home, and you definitely aren’t the only person who finds this idea appealing. In the past decade, the numbers of new homes built from scratch have increased a lot. The reason is mainly that people prefer to invest in a brand new home than move into a house which has already been lived in. If you would like to have your home built, one important thing you must do is find a new home builder close to where you live.

Finding an efficient new home builder is the first step that needs to be taken if you would like your house built from scratch. The procedure isn’t difficult, but unfortunately sometimes it is made harder than what it really is or should be. In lots of cases, people give up and simply choose an older home. This shouldn’t be necessary if you know what you are doing.

When you begin to look for an appropriate new home builder, you must ensure that you gather as much information as you possibly can. You will want to inquire about is how many other homes they have worked on in the past. This will help with two things: firstly, it will be a good way for you to be sure that they are qualified for the job, and secondly, it will be an opportunity for you to see new homes and get some ideas. Through gaining access to past work, you will be able to make a better choice for the skills of the new home builder that you are considering hiring.

Before you hire your new home builder, ensure that the project strategy is very unambiguous. Doing this will help to get you exactly what you wish, and for the right price. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a new home builder, without ever getting any of the details in writing first. Make extra sure that everything ranging from the costs to the size of the house are clearly stated and acknowledged. This will avoid you many bad surprises in the end.

All in all, finding and hiring the right new home builder doesn’t have to be a lengthy and difficult process. By giving due attention to all the details you should have the home you dreamed of sooner than you ever thought was possible.

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