Moving into a new home is an exciting milestone, but it also means a lot of decision making. Get prepared before moving day with these helpful hints:

  1. Start a notebook of ideas for your new house. Jot down a list of items you still need to purchase or activities you still have to handle. Include quotes from movers, contact information for your utilities, pictures from magazines for decorating/color ideas and a floor plan with where you intend on placing your furniture. Make sure to keep this notebook handy – never know when you may need it!
  2. Sketch a floor plan of your new home when you don’t have blueprints. Record measurements of rooms, windows, closets and doors in your handy notebook. Include distance of window moldings from corners, floor and ceiling. These will be useful when you’re trying to determine what furniture will fit where or if you’re buying new furniture.
  3. Record your account numbers and contact information for all of your utilities, magazine subscriptions, services, banks, government agencies, doctors, insurance companies, voter registration and anyone else who sends you mail – and don’t forget to tell your friends and family!
  4. Visit the post office and fill out a mail forwarding and change of address form.Moving Snoopy
  5. Take pictures of each room in your house from multiple angles. This will help you remember the placement of items as well as what’s in which room.
  6. Paint rooms, closets and ceilings before the move if existing colors don’t suit you. It’s easier when there are no heavy furnishings to move.
  7. Clean and paper the inside of kitchen cupboards and drawers, even closet shelves.
  8. Replace floor coverings or clean carpets before furnishings arrive if a house was previously occupied. Your home will be fresh and new for your family. Call us and we’ll help you with all your flooring needs.
  9. Watch a room’s light. Which window coverings will make the room most usable and comfortable? Check out our selection of window treatments, blinds and shades.
  10. Donate furniture, clothing and accessories that no longer suit you. Why pack and move stuff you don’t need when you’re starting life in a new place?
  11. Pack essentials like toiletries, supplies for cleaning and tools for small repairs in a box or 5-gallon bucket. Separate the human necessities into a different box or bag. Don’t take the whole toolbox – just hammer, nails, screwdrivers, screws, etc. Be sure you have these at least a day or two before you plan to stay overnight at your new place.
  12. Do laundry and clean your old home before you pack up your washing machine and dryer. You and the rest of your family will be glad you did.

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