Saturday, December 29, 2012
New Year, new digs: Survival guide for a smoother move
New Year's moving resolution: Throw out the Snuggie from Christmas 2011.
Are you about to make a big move to Frisco? You and I have that in common. I just signed a lease with the Ablon at Frisco Bridges and am excited for the big move in day! And like you, I am deep into planning mode trying to figure out everything that needs to happen between now and my move. Best way to plan and organize (in my opinion)? Make a list! I admit it, I am a chronic lister and truly convinced it’s the best way to get things done. Hopefully, this will get you started and well on your way to planning and making the big move:
Hire movers! I cannot recommend this more. I have moved both with and without movers, so trust me on this one. The money is well worth it (this coming from a self proclaimed bargain shopper, too). I am moving out of a 3rd bedroom apartment, so there isn’t anyone or anything that could convince me that carrying a washer and dryer, bed, couches, TV, or dresser down three flights of narrow stairs is a good idea to do on my own. I have used Hire-A-Helper services before, and the helpers I hired had me completely moved in an hour and were very respectful of me and my items. They were also on time and didn’t dilly dally around. You can schedule and pay online as well as vet out the exact movers you want.
Pack carefully and strategically! And label your boxes by room, adding “fragile” when applicable. Here are item specific tips:
- Hanging clothes – Moving with hanging clothes is tricky. You run the risk of hangers tangling up and your clothes falling off hangers (or hanger falling off clothes) and this can get frustrating FAST. My solution? 1) rubber band groups of your hanging clothes together by the handles, then 2) take draw string plastic garbage bags and pull them over your rubber banded group of clothes and tie off the bag. Now your hangers won’t get tangled or fall out, and neither will your clothes!
- Boxes – Box and label your items by room. This way when the movers are hauling your things in your new place, they can sort and place everything in the correct room. This makes your life just a little easier when unpacking comes around.
- Dishes – I found the coolest trick on Pinterest for cheap, easy, and reliable packing for dishes. Instead of wrapping with newspaper or bubble wrap, insert disposable styrofoam plates between glass plates. The Styrofoam plates are about a dollar and well worth it!
- Breakables – For safe keeping of my breakables (vases, glassware, decor, etc.), I recommend wrapping them in your t-shirts. You were going to pack those t-shirts anyways, so why not use this 2-for-1 packing method to save a little bit of time and money (now that you don’t have to buy rolls of bubble wrap)?
Change your address! This is pretty important across the board. Here are the main ones that you shouldn’t forget about:
- Change your mailing address here. You don’t want all your bills going to the wrong person ... unless the're willing to pay them for you.
- Update your location for the services you use. This includes cable/TV, internet, electric, phone, satellite, lawn care, cleaning services, and pet sitting services (just to name a few). Here is a great resource that provides a very detailed check list for address updates when you move.
- Officially update your address with the Texas DPS. They make this pretty painless for you and the whole thing takes about 10 minutes online and costs $11.
Set up your utilities! You’re going to want to do this in as much advance as you are able. Nothing is worse than moving into a brand new place with no heat or air conditioning, no cable, and no internet. Sometimes it’s just a matter of updating your new information with your current provider (if so, see #3), but you may have to cancel your old services and set up new ones completely. Do a little research to be sure you are getting a competitive rate for electric, cable/tv, internet, and phone.
Most importantly, have fun in your new space. After you get through all the details and the moving process comes the redecorating and nesting phase. So enjoy! The best is yet to come.
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