Quick Tips For Moving Into A New Home

I was thinking the other day, “I’ve never heard anyone say ‘I LOVE moving!!!'” I mean, really! Have YOU ever heard someone say that?

However, from the three times I’ve moved in my adult life, I’ve gleaned a little bit of information on the process. For instance, I don’t think I will EVER move again without hiring professional movers. I just won’t do it. And now that our last  “moving” escapade is behind us, I thought it would be a great time to share some tips with everyone! Even though moving is often seen as an ordeal, especially if you have to pack a house full of stuff that you’ve acquired over the years, it need not be as exhausting and nerve-wracking as you imagine. It’s really all about how organized you are!

The secret to reducing stress and making the move go as smoothly as possible is to dispense with the idea of rugged individualism and ask for help. The more help you can get, the easier it will be to move. Usually, the best type of help available is hiring professional movers like North American Van Lines who can manage the logistics of packing, loading, transportation, and unpacking for you. While a do-it-yourself approach is often seen as cheaper, when you consider the cost of your labor, getting everything organized, and driving a large truck across hundreds of miles, will probably prove much more cost-effective in the long run. Moreover, working with experienced movers who have all the right equipment will make everything go more smoothly. 

Once you’ve made your big move, you’ll be able to settle into your new house quickly–if you do it in an organized and methodical way.

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Here are some tips on finishing unpacking, settling in, getting to know the community, and planning that perfect housewarming party:

1. Unpacking

Once you’ve moved in you’ll probably feel a little tired and overwhelmed by all the changes you’re going through at a rapid rate. You may also feel a little anxious about how to unpack and settle in because there appears to be so much that needs to be done at once.

Here are three steps to take to get moved in the quickest and most effective way possible:

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Perfecting An Action Plan for When Your House is Showing! (FREE PRINTABLE INCLUDED!)

If you’ve been around the blog at all, you’ve seen the action: you know we recently sold our home, bought another one, and moved. I have to say, I’m SO glad that’s over with!!! Soon you’ll start to see projects from the new house pop up here, but right now, I’m still touching on a few things related to the selling process!

If any of you has ever had your house on the market, you know one of the most stressful parts of the details is when you get a showing. 

Now, you WANT the showings. You WANT the action! You want someone to walk through your house and look at it and comment on it and want others to see it. You want someone to LIKE your house – because you want someone to BUY it! But, when you’re in the middle of a busy day and you get a call from a realtor that says, “Can a buyer see the house in 30 minutes?” – WOAH. That is enough to throw you for a major loop!

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If you’re a single person, or even a couple, this kind of thing can be worked out fairly easily. But, if you’re a couple with infant twins and a dog and a cat and childcare folks coming and going and home maintenance folks coming and going and cleaning folks coming and going (because you can no longer handle things on your own anymore), well. That kind of action complicates things quite a bit! 

When our home was on the market and showing, the girls were 8 months old, I was working part-time, my hubby was working full-time, and we had childcare, home maintenance and cleaning folks all in and out all week long. So one never really knew what any given day might hold. I got everyone together and made sure we were all straight on “the showing plan”. Here’s what mine looked like:

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Moving House – Packing, Moving & Storing Like a Pro!

No no no, we’re not moving. Well, not that I know of, at least. We did recently spend a few days in Washington D.C., and my husband said it would be a simple transfer for us to move there. I guess it’s never off the table…but for right now…no, we are not moving! And thank goodness for that. Just the sight of boxes send me into panic mode!

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But here lately, a LOT of folks we know ARE! I’ve never seen anything like it! I kinda like Florida, I’m not sure why everyone wants to leave…but they all have good reason. Some for work, some for family, some for retirement…the list goes on. But, no matter the reason FOR the move, everyone has to go through the same process, right? So when Georgia from FlexiSpace contacted me about publishing this infographic, I was ready! In fact, I’m saving this one for if WE ever move! So helpful! See for yourself…

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6 Ways to Get Organized Before a Cross Country Move – A Sponsored Post!

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About a year ago, my hubby and I went on a spontaneous road trip to a city quite far from our own. In another state, actually. We were seriously thinking about moving there, and wanted to check it out. We met with a realtor, viewed a few houses, looked at the building where he would work, and in general familiarized ourselves with the surroundings. It was definitely a productive weekend!

But when we got home, and I began to walk through our house, the overwhelming feelings of “look at all this stuff we’ll have to PACK and MOVE!” took over. I mean, we aren’t people who keep clutter at all, and still…there was SO MUCH STUFF! I didn’t know where to begin in a moving process. After all, we’d only ever moved one city over…and then one neighborhood over!

My husband ended up taking a different job that didn’t require us to move, however, his company offers opportunities for work all over the United States. The possibilities are endless…and they’re not off the table at our house! 

So I decided that it might be a good idea to at least KNOW where I would even begin if we decided to move. Always good to have a backup plan, right?! And in our case, it’s one thing to be moving to a nearby location. But when you’re uprooting your life and moving cross-country, you want to make sure that you’re thoroughly prepared. Since you won’t be able to hop in your car and come back for anything or tie up any loose ends, you’re going to want to make sure that you dot your i’s and cross your t’s. I’ve assembled a few organizational tips that should certainly help a cross country move to be smooth sailing.

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On Welcoming Newbies to the Neighborhood!

I had to laugh. I got our mail the other day and I pulled this out:

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It’s a little packet of sorts from P&G – a kind of “welcome to the neighborhood.”

I laughed because we’ve lived in the neighborhood for over a year now!

Nevertheless, it was full of fun goodies!

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I mean, you can’t beat that, right?!

It got me thinking about when we first moved to the neighborhood. We didn’t know anyone, so we did something a little unconventional. Well, my husband would say that I did something a little unconventional, because HE thought I was crazy! HA!

I baked cookies and took them to the neighbors.

I know, it sounds silly, because the neighbors are supposed to do that kind of thing for NEW people who move into the “hood”, not the other way around, right? Well, I’ve never been totally conventional.

It was a big hit! If you want to see more about that, check out this blog post I did on it: Hello, New Neighbors!  (Oh yeah, this blog post is complete with free printable tags and everything!)

And can I just say that we have awesome relationships with all of our neighbors now? We really do! In fact, it’s not uncommon for it to take me 30 minutes to go check the mail, or my hubby 30 minutes to take the trash out, because we’ve run into a neighbor who wants to stop and chat! And hey, if you’ve gotta live by them, you might as well be friends with them!

Now we’re not the newbies anymore, and I am totally the “Hi, I’m Kristen, and I baked you this pie! Welcome to the neighborhood!” type! I’ve gotta admit, I don’t want any of our neighbors to move, but if they do, I’m gonna be all over it when the new ones arrive!

What about you? Do you have neighbors? How do you keep a good relationship with them?