normal_ob_clock1Crown Communities know that the transition of moving into a new home can be stressful and a lot of hard work. However, planning ahead of time can help relieve some of the stress and make the process of more exciting. These helpful tips from are ways to make the transition a smoother process.

Plan out the moving schedule. Starting 60 days before your move, use a week-by-week checklist to keep the process on track. Staying on schedule will minimize last minute madness.

Hire a trustworthy moving company. The phrase quality over quantity truly applies here. Don’t be fooled by a “too good to be true” price. Making the investment will be worth it in the end.

Get rid of all the unnecessary items. Everyone has unnecessary items and moving is the perfect time to get rid of them. You’ll also save time as you’ll have less to pack and there will be more room for the essentials.

Pack strategically. Moving pros know to use a packing system that results in all of the boxes ending up in the correct rooms when they arrive at your new home. One option is to buy color markers and  “color code” boxes by room. Draw a floor plan of your new home with each room labeled and hang it somewhere the movers can easily see it on moving day.

Clean up before you clear out. Most movers won’t disconnect anything that’s hard-wired into your house, so unplug appliances and lighting fixtures if you’re taking them with you. Make sure all paths are clear from your house to the moving truck.

normal_ob_scissorsHave packing supplies ready. Avoid the dilemma of running out of packing tape the morning of your move by having plenty of supplies on hand. Start gathering boxes, tape, bubble wrap, newsprint, box cutters and markers early on in the moving process. You can also save time and the environment by packing with materials you already have. Load up your suitcases and plastic containers and use pillows, scarves and towels to protect fragile items.

Leave the essentials for last. Pack a “last-to-go” box with all of the necessities — toiletries, snacks, important documents and the like — and keep it with you rather than on the moving truck.

Spruce up your home before moving in your belongings. It’s easier to clean, paint and make other improvements while your home is still empty. Before you haul in your furniture and boxes, vacuum, dust the baseboards, wash the kitchen and bathroom floors and paint the walls.

Map out what goes where. Give your back a break by deciding how you want to arrange your furniture before moving it into the house. The best way to do this is to make newspaper cutouts of the furniture. Measure the dimensions of the item and tape together newspaper pages to match the “footprint” of the furniture. This allows you to easily try out several floor plans without repeatedly reshuffling your furniture.

Make necessary address changes. Filling out a change of address form before you skip town can prevent major hassles like past-due bills, service lapses and even identity theft. Prior to your move, you should also schedule dates to discontinue your utilities, phone, cable and Internet and arrange for these services to begin at your new address. Several new services even let you save time by doing all your utilities hookups online.

The moving process doesn’t need to be full of nightmares. Preparing yourself ahead of time makes for a more hassle free, move-in day. At Crown Communities the moving experience is supposed to be an exciting memory, not a day full of headaches. For more information on the Crown Communities, make an appointment or visit us online.

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