Thousands of people move to the North Carolina coast each year. If you’re one of them, welcome! If you’re also a Golf and Shores Properties client, you have worked with one of our REALTORS® to find the perfect new home, the seller has accepted your offer, and you have a closing date set. It’s time to start packing up everything you own at your current home and move to your new one. While this is an exciting time, it can also be a stressful one. This is especially true if you have never completed such a large-scale move in the past. Organization is key, as is the ability to take one task at a time and to delegate.
We recommend starting small by completing a change of address form with the post office and notifying companies you regularly do business with of your upcoming move. Here are five tips for your move to be as stress-free as possible:
- Make a checklist of everything you need to get done before moving day, such a re-painting the house, enrolling your kids in a new school, or arranging for help with cleaning and storage.
- Start gathering moving boxes. With the popularity of online shopping, many people have boxes lying around their house they would be happy to give you. Always gather more than you think you need. If you do end up having too many boxes, you can always donate them to the next person who is moving.
- Get quotes from several moving companies or arrange a crew of family and friends to help you on moving day. While professionals are more expensive, it can be worth it for the efficiency and not having to juggle the schedules of your various helpers. If you decide on a do-it-yourself move, consider hiring a moving truck so you can make fewer trips.
- Hold a garage sale to get rid of things you don’t need to bring with you and earn extra money to help with your move. Alternatively, you could donate items to charitable organizations and get a deduction on your taxes. Check with your local tax office for rules regarding claiming charitable donations on your taxes.
- Pack things you know you won’t need for a while first, such as winter clothes in the summer. Gather newspaper and bubble wrap to protect breakable items like dishes and glassware during the move. Be sure to place all pieces of an item in the same box so you can re-assemble it quickly at your new home. Use sturdy boxes for heavy items like books, and avoid using plastic bags at all. Once you’re finished packing, be sure to label each box so you can unpack quickly at your new home.
These are just a handful of tips that we recommend. Please let us know if we can offer any other advice about the moving process.
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