So, you have made the big decision to leave your home in search for a new one. That is a big step; it must involve a lot of planning and strategizing to accomplish everything on top of your regular obligations.
There might be some things you won’t have time for, so you’ll have to hire help. This is the case with the cleaning service Tustin homeowners often hire when they are moving out.
Just in case you are a first-timer, here is a moving home checklist you definitely want to do before you lock the door of the old place for the final time.
Let your service providers know
In the 21st century, we pay for a lot of services monthly; cable TV, internet, electricity, etc. Let them know a month in advance that you will no longer need their services. This can save you a lot of money, making sure you don’t double-pay for anything (I’m sure you don’t need that kind of unnecessary expense on top of moving costs).
Get packing supplies
Make sure you have plenty of packing supplies before you start packing. So, what do you need? Cardboard boxes, obviously. You can get them at any bigger store. You will probably want some plastic containers as well, for some more fragile and precious things. Is that all? Well, no. There’s duct tape, you will need a lot of that. Taping everything up really good to keep it in place. That is your basic kit.
However, any avid or experienced mover will warn you that you might want to up your packing game with a few additions. The most common thing people wish they had used is the Styrofoam peanuts. They are great for protecting fragile things, such as lamps, plates, etc. Another common protective material is bubble wrap. Protect your electronics with this simple foil and you can rest assured that that big screen TV will arrive at your new home undamaged.
Pro tip: if you get stressed over packing and moving, you can use the bubble wrap to unwind. Cut yourself a piece of it, and pop it until you feel relaxed again. There are a few more important things, such as markers and labels, but those you might have lying around the house, so I won’t go into detail about them.
This is what you have been preparing for, both physically and mentally. It’s a big job, so don’t take it on all at once. Start at least a month earlier. Pack the stuff you don’t use very often (such as photo albums or the Christmas decorations) first. Also, the things you aren’t using at the moment can go along them (winter clothes for example). Basically, make a plan to pack things over the last week or two, so you don’t feel overwhelmed the last few days. Mark all your boxes in detail. List what is in them, if it is fragile and where it should go. This approach has several advantages. You will be aware of what is where, it will make it easier to the movers when they get to your new place and finally, when you are unpacking, it will be a whole lot simpler if you know what is where from the get-go.
Clean your house: Pro Cleaning Services
As a final farewell to the old place, it is a good idea to clean it thoroughly. If the property is yours and you are selling it, a thoroughly clean home is likely to be more appealing to the buyers. If you were renting, you can count that your landlord will give you your security deposit back much more likely if he sees the place sparkling clean. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself (and who can blame you), consider using the leading local cleaning referral agency for move out cleaning, MaidThis. With the flat rates, you know what you are getting and how much it is going to cost.