The finishing touches have just been made to your new home, and it’s now time to move in! But in all the excitement of building your new home, you’ve completely forgotten about the whole moving-in process and all the details and stress that can come with it. Moving can be a challenging process, so we’ve put together a simple moving guide to make this as easy and enjoyable for you as possible.
Request Quotes From Moving Companies
If you don’t have family and friends available to help you move and you need to enlist the help of professional movers, this is a perfect place to start. Find out how much you can budget on moving expenses, and then call around and request quotes to find out which moving company is the right choice for you. As soon as you have your move-in date, be sure to make a reservation so that you’re not left without a mover last-minute. Moving companies are an excellent service and can significantly reduce the stress of moving for you, but don’t forget that it’s customary to tip the movers on the day of your move!
Consolidate and Clean Out
Moving is a perfect opportunity to go through all your belongings and figure out what you need, what you want, and what is simply taking up space in your home. It’s also an astonishing reality check on how easy it is to accumulate “stuff”. A couple great questions to ask yourself when determining whether to keep something or not are:
“Is this item enhancing my life?”
“Have I used or worn this within the last three months?”
“Is this something I’ll want my children to have one day?”
Once you’ve gone through and decided what to keep; consider either hosting a yard sale or donating items to charities and non-profit organizations. What a great fresh start it is to move into your brand new home with peace of mind and no piles of clutter taking up needed space.
Planning the Layout
The design of your new home will likely give you the chance to redesign your current living arrangements. A great tip to help you with this is to print or sketch out the floor plans for main living spaces and family rooms. These are the areas where space planning is essential due to large furniture and heavy foot traffic. Try to plan everything out on paper first (or at least have a good idea of what you want where) before moving day arrives. If you do this, it will be an enormous help so that you, your friends, family, or movers don’t have to use all your energy moving furniture around due to a lack of planning. You’ll all be glad for the proactive layout consideration, and moving day will pass without a hitch.
Are you having trouble finding design and layout inspiration for your new home? Check out our Complete Homes and Hiawatha Log Homes galleries to see how some of our new homeowners found the perfect home layout to fit their style and needs.