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Tips For National Moving Month
Summer is just around the corner and that means that the Lake of the Ozarks will be a busy place for locals and vacationers alike. Generally, more homes are bought and sold during the summer season and real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks is no exception. Dianne Stewart eXp Realty knows that this means soon there will be many homeowners on the move. Luckily, May is National Moving Month. If you have recently purchased a new home at the Lake, the best real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips to help make your move a little less stressful.
Before Packing, Sort Through Everything
Before loading up any boxes, you should go through all of your stuff to see what you have and if it is stuff you really need and want to hang on to. Decluttering before you move can help make the packing and unpacking process easier. When you declutter, you will have less stuff that you’ll have to pack up, bring to your new home, unload and organize. When going through your things, organize your belongings by category. Instead of spending the day cleaning out the entire bedroom, spend an afternoon sorting through all the clothing you own. When going through your belongings, separate your things by using keep, donate and sell piles.
Start Packing Early
Packing little by little is far less stressful than trying to tackle it all in a day or two. If possible, start packing as early as a couple weeks out. Start with the stuff you know you won’t be using, such as off-season clothing and books to pictures and keepsakes. Pack up decorative items several days before you move, as these pieces can be some of the trickiest to store and pack because they’re often fragile and oddly shaped.
Labels Are Your Friend
When labeling boxes, don’t just label what room it is, make it easy on yourself when unpacking and clearly label what’s in the box. When stacking boxes, you may not be able to see every single side, so make sure you label the top and a couple of the sides. You will be thankful you went into detail when it comes time to start unpacking.
Separate Important Items
Important documents, such as passports, checkbooks, birth certificates and other items like medication should be kept separate from the items you’re packing. Don’t put them in boxes that will be in a moving truck. This will lessen the chances of them getting misplaced or lost. It’s best to have a box that will be kept in the car with you that includes these items, so you will know exactly where they will be once you get into your new home.
Transfer Your Information
Schedule a date for your disconnection or transfer of utilities. Make sure the disconnect happens the day after you plan to move, so you still have electricity the day of your move. For your new home, the earlier you make the call, the better as sometimes companies will not be able to come out the next day to make the switch. It’s also important to change your address before you move. It’s recommended to do it a week before you move, so you do not miss out on any important mail, such as bills.
Pack an Overnight Bag
After moving your boxes into your new home, you might be a little tired, which means not everything will be unpacked. You’ll want the essential items within easy reach like a change of clothes and toiletries. This is also a great way to move small electronics like laptops during the move to reduce the risk of them getting damaged or even stolen.
Finding your dream home and moving into it can be an exciting time, however, it can also be stressful. Hopefully, with these tips, your next move will go smoothly. If you are thinking about relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks, let the best real estate agent at the Lake help you find your new home! Give Dianne Stewart eXp Realty a call today!
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