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7 Tips to Make Your Last-Minute Move Easier

Moving into a new home is often something that doesn’t come without a significant amount of stress.

Not only do you have to worry about the move itself, but you still have to fulfill your family and work responsibilities. As you may expect, these can easily become difficult to balance.

Fortunately, though, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to help things go more smoothly during a last-minute move.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know.

1. Throw Away Everything You Don’t Need
One of the most important ways to make a move easier is to simply get rid of the things that you no longer need. This includes things like old notebooks from school, clothes that no longer fit, etc.

When gathering these items, though, separate them into three different piles— one for the garbage, one to donate, and the other for recycling.

Some people may find it difficult to part with certain articles of clothing they don’t wear, or an old trinket they keep stuffed in a drawer. The sentimental value is something to consider, although you should also take into consideration how many times you’ve interacted with that object in the past few years.

If you’re keeping it solely for the sake of keeping it, it’s likely time to throw or give it away.

2. Hire Movers
If you plan on taking large furniture items like dressers and beds with you, you’ll likely need some extra help.

While it may be your first thought to ask a friend or family member to help you with the move, this isn’t the most efficient option if you’re trying to save as much time as possible during your move.

So, hiring professional movers is something to consider when looking to relocate bulkier items. If money is an issue, you can save these items for last and only have your movers handle them instead of the rest of your belongings.

3. Ask Friends and Family
While friends and family may not be able to help you move an armoire down a flight of stairs, they can watch your pets or take care of any kids or plants that you have while you focus on getting everything packed.

These individuals can also help you with cleaning your home after you’ve gotten all your belongings moved out. Even one extra person helping can save hours of work.

Be sure to thank them, though, after you’re finished loading up.

4. Consider an Inventory Home
Sometimes, builders will organize the construction of homes for potential buyers who may not have the ability to wait on new construction and prefer an expedited move-in.

These homes are left in the builder’s inventory and are sometimes used as show homes to display to other potential buyers the level of quality they’re capable of.

If you don’t mind living in a home that was pre-designed by experts, although not necessarily with your specific tastes in mind, inventory homes are a great choice to consider. Not only will everything (materials, wiring, etc.) be brand new, but you also won’t need to wait for anything to be remodeled or finished.

Additionally, the price you pay is for how the house is in its current state, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.

This page has plenty of useful info about inventory homes.

Other benefits include…

No Financial Surprises
All the costs of an inventory home are laid out in front of you, so you won’t encounter any unexpected financial obligations. If anything, you have a chance of getting the home for slightly less than the market value since home builders need to sell the property.

No Fixer-Upping
As you may expect, everything used to build an inventory home will be brand-new. This means you won’t have to worry about electrical problems, plumbing issues, etc. after you move in.

The home itself will also look sleek and modern due to having no wear and tear from previous owners.

No Waiting Around For Construction to Complete
While a new home is sure to include everything that you need it to, you’ll often have to wait several months for construction to be complete. This can be a particularly large issue for those who plan on moving to the area from out of state.

An inventory home, though, is already finished and move-in ready, so you’ll be able to get you and your family there within a short period of time.

5. Transfer Your Utility Service
Before you move, you’re going to want to preemptively transfer (or activate) your utility services like electricity and the Internet. Otherwise, you may find yourself inconvenienced by the lack of WiFi when you move in.

This could be a significant roadblock for those who work from home, as you’ll need to relocate your workspace for the time being.

So, even if your move is last-minute, handle your utility services as soon as you can to avoid any interruptions.

6. Make Use of Trash Bags
If you simply need to pack your belongings as quickly as possible without being too rigid about their organization, trash bags will be an invaluable asset during your move.

Even a single bag has plenty of room for things like clothing, bedding, towels, etc. just make sure, though, that you don’t attempt to pack too much in a single trash bag— ripping one could be both inconvenient and damaging to your belongings.

7. Keep Track of Hazardous Materials
There are certain substances that need extra attention due to the harm they could cause to others or your possessions. Things like gasoline, fireworks, and propane tanks could easily become a hazard while transporting them.

Even something as simple as lighter fluid or matches could be dangerous if not handled carefully.

Similarly, you should be aware of any firearms you have at all times. This is especially true if you have children or if other people will be accessing the vehicle you’re using to transport your belongings.

Handling a Last Minute Move Can Seem Difficult
But it doesn’t have to be.

With the above information about managing a last-minute move in mind, you’ll be well on your way to getting into your new home as quickly as possible.

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