Planning a move to The Triangle? Whether you are still house-hunting, or have purchased a home and looking to start the moving process, we understand that a long-distance move can be stressful. There are many factors to consider and decisions to be made to get you, your family and belongings there safely.
Don’t let moving stand in your way of starting the next exciting chapter in your life - our team of real estate professionals has put together our list of top tips, when it comes to moving long distance, that will help ensure your move goes smoothly, so that you can start exploring all that The Triangle has to offer.
1. Create a “Must Keep” List; Purge the Rest
Creating a list always gives a sense of organization and can relieve stress no matter the project. Make a list of your to do’s, along with an inventory of what you want to take to your new home.
Once this is created; get rid of anything you don’t need in your future home. Packing and transporting fewer items will also make moving easier on everyone (as well as more affordable) for you. Do this well before moving day. From extra pots, pans and countertop appliances in the kitchen - to clothes you have not worn for several years, be focused and clear out.
2. Plan Your Moving Date
The prime season for moves typically runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For the widest selection of dates and lowest prices, opt for moving between October and April.
Furthermore, choose mid-month and mid-week times for the easiest, most affordable scheduling. Choosing off-season moves also lets you take advantage of cooler weather if you are moving from or to a hotter climate.
3. Organize & Label While Packing
Put belongings you will need right away when the moving truck arrives in one box, and mark it Day One. This might include pots, pans and linens.
Label boxes by room, and a quick list of what is inside each box. This will allow you to prioritize on the other end, as well as take advantage of having anyone helping unload the truck to put the boxes in the correct rooms in your new home.
Put your name on all boxes, as it is quite common for long-distance movers to pack their large trucks with multiple clients’ belongings. Side note: do not pack personal hygiene items, pet supplies, important documents or medications - anything you will need before the moving truck arrives, plus these may need to be in a temperature controlled environment.
4. Avoid Packing Food and Liquids
We’ve seen this too many times. Non-perishable food attracts insects and mice - so, try to avoid this altogether.
As for liquids, they can leak from containers and damage your property. While they can make the trip, if items such as paint cans or cleaning products aren’t properly sealed, they can cause quite the mess, and it may not be worth it in the long run.
5. Box Your Mattress
We have seen clients wait for their mattresses to arrive so they can finally set up a proper bed only to receive it damaged or tarnished.
Box your mattress to keep it clean and make transportation easier for the moving crews.
6. Clean Outdoor Furniture
If you are bringing outdoor furniture, check every piece for insect larvae. Some states prohibit transporting live organisms across state lines. Clean and disinfect all outdoor items you want to transport.
7. Insure Your Belongings
A lot can happen across the miles - why risk your investments, only to find them damaged when you go to set them up in your new home? It may benefit you in the long run to do a little research on movers insurance, and selecting the best plan for your belongings.
Smooth Moves to The Triangle
When it comes to buying your new home in The Triangle, the real estate professionals at Chapel Hill Realty Group will make sure your experience goes as smooth and stress-free as possible. From the home-searching process, to moving in - we are there for you every step of the way, as well as offer many resources.
Call our team at (919) 942-4149, or contact us online to set up an appointment today!