10 Expert Tips for First-Time Homeowners
Guest post by Jessy Howe.
Congratulations, you’re a homeowner! Like many first-time homebuyers you’re probably thinking, “Now what?” With the excitement surrounding this big moment in life, there are a number of tasks to arrange from selecting your movers and taking time off work to cleaning out and decluttering. The seemingly never-ending to-do list can quickly turn your overwhelming joy into overwhelming stress, especially if you’ve never moved before. With more than 30 years of experience, we at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are sharing our top 10 expert tips to successfully prepare first-time movers for a stress-free, and hopefully fun, moving day!
It’s very easy to go with the first mover you come across but take time to do research on the company. Will they provide a quote beforehand? Do they complete background checks before hiring? Ask any questions you may have so there are no surprises come moving day. If you have friends or family who have used the company before, ask how their experience was. They are your best resource for an honest opinion.
- Book your move in advance
We recommend booking your move two to four weeks in advance to ensure your needs are accommodated. As summer is the busy season in the moving industry, the earlier the better to guarantee your ideal date is still open!
Donate the old and save yourself money
As soon as you know you’re moving, begin working to declutter your home. Not only will you avoid moving unnecessary items to your new home, but if you’re move is charged based on weight, you’ll save yourself money! If you don’t know where to begin, ask yourself if it’s something you have used or worn in the last six months? Do you still love it? Is there sentimental value behind it? Anything that doesn’t pass the test can be donated or sold.
Find out what’s not allowed
Federal laws ban moving companies from transporting any hazardous materials such as ammunition, antifreeze, or propane to name a few. This means any household items that have gas in them including lawnmowers or grills are also prohibited. Speak with your movers for a complete list of items you’ll need to transport on your own.
Packing your belongings
With so many boxes and items to be moved, staying organized is key. Pack like a pro and avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. Clearly label each box on the top and sides to quickly see where the items should go in your new home. You may be tempted to use worn, previously used boxes to save a few dollars but do know, these are often unreliable and can break during the move resulting in damaged items. Additionally, always use packing tape instead of duct tape.
With a majority of your items stowed securely in the back of a moving truck, most likely you won’t have easy access should you need something. We recommend putting together a box or bag of moving day essentials to keep with you throughout the duration of your move. A few items you may want are snacks, water, any medication, extra cash, toiletries, towels, disinfectant wipes, and a change of clothes.
Change of address
You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget this important piece of the process! Complete your change of address at least one week prior to moving.
Scheduling disconnect and set-up times
The last thing you want to do is pay for a service when you no longer live there. Arrange to cancel or transfer any home services such as lawn care, news subscriptions, or pest control. You’ll also want to schedule an end date for utilities at your old home and ensure utilities are set-up in your new home upon your arrival.
Take time to say goodbye
Your first big move is a very exciting time, but it can often be difficult to say goodbye to your old home, friends, family, and neighborhood. Take the time to say goodbye, especially if you have children who may not be taking the move well. Throw a going away party, give your new address to friends, and be sure to keep in touch!
Cheers to your first home, it’s time to celebrate with a housewarming party! Invite friends and family to help warm your new home, and if you’d like, new neighbors to get acquainted in a casual setting. If you have kids, get them involved by putting them in charge of giving tours of your new home to guests.
Author bio: Jessy Howe is a social media marketing gal based in Michigan and currently works as the Media Relations Specialist at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/International, Inc. She enjoys the ever-changing digital world and exploring new ways to engage audiences through creative content.