Information gathered by The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the percentage of Americans moving over a one-year period dropped to an all-time low of 11.2 percent in 2016. Among regions, the South had the greatest number of people moving out, 901,000 but also had the largest number of people moving into the region at 940,000. For those of us navigating traffic in Metro Atlanta, it seems as if all 940,000 people have moved here!
Nobody likes the idea of moving. It’s hard work and stressful. Most people do not have the flexibility to choose the season they will move. Oftentimes job changes or family issues make the decision for us. Right now, we are in the busiest time of the year for moving. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the moving industry is significantly busier with the fall and winter being the non-peak season. Early preparation and organization can make the move easier, and we have some tips we’d like to share on how you can plan.8 Weeks Before:
- Begin considering professional movers. If this is a cross-country move, the sooner you begin the research the better, particularly during peak season. If you are moving yourself, call around for truck rentals. Get pricing estimates, look at contracts, check schedules. On our website, we have a list of movers and other vendor services that our clients and we ourselves have used. Feel free to browse the list. If you use any of them, contact us at The Sherry and Maria Team and tell us about your experience. We want to help make your move smooth and effortless.
- Now is a good time to go through your possessions and organize into Keep, Sell, Give, and Trash. Make arrangements for big items to be hauled off. Don’t leave mattresses and old furniture on the curb for the new homeowners. Again, check out our website for vendors on junk removal.
- Line up a maid service to come through and clean AFTER you have moved out.
- Keep a binder of important files and information pertaining to your move, including school records. Keep this binder on you personally. If you haven’t already done so, contact the new schools and transfer any information/records necessary.
- Take pictures and make an inventory of your home’s contents in the event you need to file a claim for lost and/or damaged items.
- Start gathering up boxes and containers for shipping.
- Don’t go overboard at the grocery! Begin to use up your perishables and frozen foods.
- Have a garage sale. Sell unwanted items on Craigslist. Don’t pay to move unwanted items.
- Items that didn't sell but are in good condition, give away to friends or donate to a charity. Remember to get your receipts if donating to a charity as you may be able to use these for tax deductions.
- Throw away anything else! Typically, there is a limit on how many items you can put at the curb each week for pickup so work on this gradually over a few weeks.
- If you haven’t already selected your moving company, then do it NOW. Be sure to make them aware of items in your attic, off-site storage facilities, garage and so forth. If you have things that will require special packaging, point out these items. Get your estimates and all details in writing.
- If this is a DIY move (bless you), reserve your truck.
- If you are packing yourself, start with out-of-season clothing, small kitchen appliances, books, etc. Anything you are not actively using can be packed.
- Label your packed boxes.
- Valuables like jewelry and personal documents, including your binder should be packed separately into a box and kept with you.
- Change your address: Post office, employers, subscriptions, banks, credit card companies, fitness facilities, schools, doctors’ offices, and insurance companies.
- Make your travel plans. Will you need a hotel? Will there be any stops along the way that you will need to make allowances for?
- Ask a friend, family member, or hire a sitter to help with the kids on moving day.
- Begin to say your goodbyes (“sniff, sniff”). Get any goodbye parties and dinners on your calendar.
- Call the utility companies and confirm the dates of transfer/cancellation of services.
- If you have to switch doctors with the new move, call your current medical providers to have your records transferred and get recommendations for doctors in your new location.
- Reconfirm dates and times with the moving company and the rental truck if this applies.
- Be sure to ask for time off from work during the move.
- Get rid of any hazardous materials such as gas and propane.
- Set aside and pack items you will need the first night in your new home and label it as such. Pack and load it last onto the truck so that it will be unloaded first when you arrive.
- If you will need to stay in a hotel or make stops along the way, pack your personal items (toothbrush, change of clothes, phone charger) as well as your binder and valuables.
- Reconfirm day and time with movers and rental truck companies. Get an estimate on what time they expect to be done. If you are getting help with a DIY move, double check that you still have helpers available.
- Determine method of payment for the movers. Will you need cash, credit card or check? Plan to add a tip onto the amount due. Consider being extra generous if you have received exceptional service.
- Reconfirm travels plans, particularly if there are hotels and flights scheduled.
- Reconfirm childcare arrangements.
- Reconfirm maid service.
- Clean the fridge if you are taking it with you.
- Pay attention to items loaded and cross check against your inventory list.
- Double check the house and your items for any damage that may have occurred during the packing and loading process. Keep a list and report it to the moving company.
- Reconfirm transfer/cancellation of utilities.
- If leaving the fridge, clean it out.
- Do a final walk-through of the home for anything that may have been left behind. Shut off the water. Turn off the AC/heater. Lock all the windows. Leave behind extra keys and garage openers. Lock the doors.
- Hug your neighbors goodbye.
There’s no denying it – moving is not for the faint of heart. It can be overwhelming, particularly if moving to another state. However, with a little preparation, research, professional advice, and a positive attitude, you can have a successful move!
Let the Top 10 Team in North Atlanta help you with your move. On The Sherry and Maria Team, we have experienced buyer’s and seller’s agents – REAL PEOPLE. REAL ANSWERS.
Planning to sell your home in Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell or surrounding areas of North Atlanta Georgia? Contact the Sherry and Maria Team today to schedule an in-home consultation. We are Cumming, Georgia real estate specialists with both sellers and buyers agents and we will help to make this experience the best it can be. You can reach us at 678-283-1710 (Sherry) or 678-548-5513 (Maria).
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