If you’re buying a home for sale in Naples, whether you’re coming from across town or across the country, you know that packing, a cascade of moving boxes and a moving crew are in your very near future – and even thinking about a big move can be stressful. Fortunately, you can check out these ten tips to de-stress your move to Naples and make things a bit easier on yourself (and everyone who’s moving with you).
10 Tips to De-Stress Your Move to Naples
Check out these ten tips to take some of the stress out of moving:
- Get more supplies than you think you need
- Pack early (and pack often)
- Label everything
- Pick an off-peak time to move
- Get quotes from more than one moving company
- Choose a company that offers the level of service you need
- Talk about moving insurance
- Find a sitter for your pets
- Put boxes in the right place as soon as you bring them into your new home
Here’s a closer look at each.
Tip #1 to De-Stress Your Move: Get more supplies than you think you need
When you pick up your moving supplies, get more than you think you’ll need. You can typically return any unused supplies – but you’ll probably have just the right amount. The last thing you want to do is keep going back to the moving company to get more supplies, interrupting your packing process.
Tip #2 to De-Stress Your Move: Downsize
The fewer belongings you have, the less you have to pack. Get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past six months; there’s a good chance it’ll just stay in a box in your new home.
Pro Tip: If your children have outgrown toys, you can ask them to donate them to a good cause. You win twice – you get to teach your kids about helping others while shrinking your packing efforts.
Tip #3 to De-Stress Your Move: Pack early (and pack often)
As soon as you find out you’re moving, start boxing up your belongings. You don’t have to pack the things you use daily – at least not right now – but you can pack away off-season clothing, little-used kitchen tools and extra linens.
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Tip #4 to De-Stress Your Move: Label everything
On the outside of every box, make a detailed list about what’s inside. That way, you won’t have to dig through every box when you need to find something (before or after the move).
Tip #5 to De-Stress Your Move: Pick an off-peak time to move
Although you may not be able to choose what time of year you move, you can pick the day – and choosing a mid-week day can be better. That’s because most people move on weekends, so moving companies’ rates may be lower and the movers may not have other same-day gigs (which means they won’t have to rush on your job).
Tip #6 to De-Stress Your Move: Get quotes from more than one moving company
Talk to at least three moving companies to get quotes on how much the whole process will cost. Remember, too, that cheaper isn’t always better. See how many movers are on a typical crew, find out how long your move will take, and ask about the health, safety and security processes each company has in place to protect you and their crews.
Tip #7 to De-Stress Your Move: Choose a company that offers the level of service you need
Many moving companies offer different tiers of service. Some will simply come pick up your boxes and furniture, while others will pack and unpack after delivering your goods. Naturally, you want to choose a level of service you’re comfortable with.
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Tip #8 to De-Stress Your Move: Talk about moving insurance
Learn about your options for moving insurance. Some companies offer only basic levels, while others offer extended protection. You may also want to purchase moving insurance on your own, outside the moving company.
Tip #9 to De-Stress Your Move: Find a sitter for your pets
Find someone to watch your pets on moving day – they’ll be less-stressed and safer. Remember, your front door will be open all day, and that provides a perfect opportunity for a scared, stressed pet to dart outside.
Tip #10 to De-Stress Your Move: Put boxes in the right place as soon as you bring them into your new home
As you move into your new home, make sure all the boxes go straight to the right locations. You don’t want to have to lug boxes from one room to another as you’re unpacking.
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