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Realtor signs seem to pop up all over the place at this time of year. Spring brings a season of looking ahead and preparing people to look toward at summer’s window of opportunity to relocate. The relocation can be across town or across the country; it may be up-sizing or down-sizing. It might be the result of a job change or other personal circumstances. Here are a few simple tips to help you avoid stress as you prepare for moving, remodeling, or even just spring cleaning!
“I love moving!” said no person ever! It can be so stressful and physically demanding. No matter the type of move or season of life, these simple tips can be beneficial.
1. Evaluate the needs and dreams of your family.
In our 30+ years of marriage, we have moved 12 times! That sounds like a lot for many people but is not that many compared to some. According to the US Census Bureau, at age 18, “a person can expect to move another 9.1 times in their remaining lifetime, but by age 45, the expected number of moves is only 2.7.” Depending on the occupation of a person, they might relocate many more times than the average.
Your family might be growing in number, or your children might be scattering in different directions. You might have wanted that large two-story home at one point, but your knees do not care for it as much anymore! Needs (and knees) change, interests change, and financial considerations fluctuate through the years.
It is helpful to keep an eye on the future and prepare in advance for what your housing needs and dreams might be.
For our family, the dream has become a reality that we hope and pray will last for many years to come. We love our home and have dreams for it. (See our Harvesting Home here!) We love our community and are excited for its future as well. So, what I am trying to say is, we sure hope our relocating days are over!
But we have learned VERY IMPORTANT LESSONS AND TIPS along the way!
2. Evaluate the “stuff” that you have accumulated!
Let’s face it. We all have too much! And I am not just talking about furniture. Take a look in your closets, attic, and garage. And, you might even have a storage unit or storage building full of your accumulation.
Some things are best left behind or sold. I will share another time about our garage sale adventures, but let’s be honest and admit that many of us need to clean out! Spring is the perfect time to do that, whether you are moving or not.
Many of us have some heirloom pieces or items of great significance with which we do not ever want to part. One of those in our family is a piano that belonged to my mother. Then along the way, we were able to acquire a baby grand piano FOR ONLY $300! Wow!
Our experience has taught us that it is best to trust experienced professionals like Our Truck Moving in packing and moving items of value, those that have unique features, and those that are too large to safely and securely move by ourselves.
Here is another time-saving and money-saving tip! Don’t waste a lot of time and money trying to figure it all out by yourself! Professional movers can accurately estimate what is needed for packing materials, rather than you under-buying or overbuying and having to make multiple trips to buy more boxes and tape!
3. Evaluate your new living space.
Will it fit? Will the colors look right? How can I recreate the setting I had in my last home? What if I take the larger sofa and not the two extra accent chairs? Will that work?
Have you spent many an evening with a pencil and paper sketching where your furniture will be placed in your new home? Sure, you have! We all have!
I can save you a great deal of time by recommending this article 12 very good virtual room design apps and websites. You will have fun with these tools and save yourself a lot of time.
Then, when the movers bring in the furniture, you will know right where to place it! Because honestly, at that point you do not want to have to try out several placements looking for the right fit!
4. Evaluate your need for assistance in the relocation of your household items.
How many boxes will you need? Will you need interim storage for your items? How many trips will it take going to the loading dock of local stores to collect used boxes? There are ways to minimize and control costs which can result in great savings. But there are some things that it is worth a small investment to purchase the exact type of container you need. Professionals or experienced friends can provide some great advice.
My husband and his friends have assisted dozens of families to move over the years. And, we have bought many a pizza and bucket of fried chicken for friends that have helped us! But when you are pressed for time, or in a pinch where others are not available, find a trusted moving company with a good reputation like Garland TX Labor Movers in the DFW metroplex to protect your possessions! We have moved by ourselves and at other times had professional movers. I can say without hesitation that it brings peace of mind to engage the services of professionals.
5. Celebrate the past and be excited for the next steps!
We have been blessed to make wonderful lifelong friends, and lifelong memories in the various places we have lived. Always celebrate the opportunities you have been given. Even if some of the times were challenging, they have still helped you to grow and mature and learn! And know that just as the Lord has guided you in the past, He will continue to do so in your new home, whether it’s a home across town, or an entirely new hometown!
And when those old friends move away, or new friends move in, be thankful for opportunities that come your way! Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Afton Jackson says
Thank you for talking about how to plan in advance and arrange your furniture ahead of time to make a move easier. Part of what makes a move so hard to plan out is figuring out where your furniture is supposed to go, and I could use all the help we can get. I’ll make sure I use these methods to plan it ahead of time before getting a moving service to assist us.
Harvesting Home says
You are welcome! I have actually been through at least 17 different moves. I can definitely say from experience that it was much easier on everyone to have a plan in mind and made for a less stressful experience. It can actually be fun to plan!