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Having the keys to your own home in your hand is a huge milestone. Home ownership is something that many people dream about for years and requires hard work to find the perfect house and make your dream a reality. Now that you have a place to call home, what comes next?
Here are a few tips that will make your move as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
Before Your Move
One of the best things you can do as you prepare for a move is to group and label boxes according to the location they will go in your new home. That random set of wrenches that was somehow shoved to the back of the Master closet? Put them with garage items so that they find their way back to their proper place after you move. This small step can save a lot of searching later.
If you are moving into a smaller home, take some extra time to go through your belongings and give away or sell ones that won’t be useful in your new space. Depending on your moving timeline, you can begin this task weeks or even months before you plan to move.
On Moving Day
It can be tempting to want to hurry and power through your moving work, but make sure to build in time for breaks and meals. This will keep spirits up and energy at the level it needs to be to accomplish the hard work of moving.
Set a box aside for furniture parts and tools needed to disassemble and reassemble anything that you take apart. Make sure to label this box, put it someone specific, or use a brightly colored packing tape to set it apart from the others.
Don’t feel like you need to get everything unpacked in one day. Not only will you get burnt out quickly, you’ll probably end up putting things in a temporary place. This creates chaos later and may even result in you buying duplicates of items that you already have. Choose one room, such as the master bedroom, to make your peaceful sanctuary when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of moving.