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Selling a home and moving to another involves a lot of planning.  We often don’t realize just how much stuff we have until we have to move. The longer you’ve lived in your home, the more stuff you probably have. And if you’re struggling to get all of your possessions organized before you move, you’re not alone. Packing and transporting belongings is what most people consider to be the most difficult part of selling a home in San Diego or elsewhere. Luckily, you can set up a method to make moving easier. If you want to have the least stressful move possible, consider trying out some of these strategies as a part of your overall method:

1. Sort.

First, you’re going to need to go through all the rooms and closets in your house and sort everything based on whether you’re going to keep it or get rid of it. If you have a lot of stuff, you should make a conscious effort to get rid of what you know you don’t necessarily need to bring with you. Moving with less is always easier.

After you’ve donated, sold, or thrown away what you won’t bring with you, you can start sorting things based on what boxes they’ll go in. You can group similar items together and begin putting those items in boxes. You should generally start boxing things up several weeks before you actually have to move. This will help prevent you from having to scramble later on.

2. List.

List everything you put in every box, and make a list of everything you need to do that’s related to your move. Listing what’s in boxes will help you know where everything is when you’re unpacking. Making a list of everything you need to do will help you remember to do everything. No matter how organized your move is or how much help you have, you are likely to forget something if you don’t make a list of what you need to do. A successful move requires you to do a lot of different things, and it’s difficult to keep track of all those different things.

3. Store, if necessary.

If you’re moving into a small space across town or simply aren’t ready or able to move all of your belongings to your new home, you may want to consider your self storage options. Self storage is a good idea, for instance, if you have antique furniture you inherited from your grandmother that you won’t have enough room for in your new living space. Obviously, you probably wouldn’t want to get rid of this antique furniture because it has sentimental value. So, self storage is a viable solution to consider.  Contact The San Diego Realty Pros for information on storage facilities.

Sorting, listing, and storing will help you get organized for your move. Ultimately, however, there are a lot of factors that go into moving. It’s a good idea to mentally prepare yourself for some stressful situations ahead. And just keep in mind that once you’re done with the difficult task of moving, you’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy your new digs.

Author’s Bio: Tim Eyre helps residential and business customers who use self storage when they don’t have enough storage space on their own property. Tim Eyre’s company – Extra Space Storage – has locations from coast to coast, including a self storage facility in Tucson and an Orlando self storage facility.

33 Responses

  1. You guys are awesome! Thanks for the great article as well. I’m trying to talk my Hubby into joining me here in Elizabeth City, NC to form a real estate team. He is a wonderful salesman but he’s worried about all the weekend showings. Time will tell I guess. Continued good luck in your business!

  2. I really appreciate all these tips. Everyone should keep these small but important tips in their mind while shifting to another house. These things can make your home shifting very easier.

  3. It helps to pack in stages as much as possible. First try to get rid of all the extras that you don’t really need. Then choose what you actually want to take to the next house. Great article.

  4. I agree with Bob…moving is a good time to “lighten up” your closets. But don’t wait until packing day! It’s best to begin having some garage sales ASAP when you know you’ll be moving.

  5. Nice tips. By clearing out some items, you can not only raise some quick cash, but also lighten your load in terms of what you’ll need to pack and move.

  6. I agree with your steps, but I’ve decided to just get a moving company to do the work for me. I have 3 floors full of items, and it is stressful just thinking about the move. I got one quote back so far, and the price was through the roof! $9,400

  7. I think it comes down deciding on what you absolutely will need. For example, you should look at your closet and only take the clothes which you wore in the last year. This will make your moving process a lot less stressful.

  8. I strongly agree with your ideas that states selling a home and moving to another involves a lot of planning. in fact, it takes a lot of effort and time before you can finally make it. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I really had a great time reading it.

  9. I recently wrote a blog about moving tips as well. I spent 10 years running a moving company so I picked up a few tricks.

  10. This “moving” article is very helpful. Would you mind if I reference it in a blog article on my site? I will give credit for the original author.

  11. I’m going to make sure all of our clients read this post. You would think that in the length of time it takes to close a short sale, my sellers would have plenty of time to make the appropriate preparations to get the home show-ready and move out on closing day; that’s not always the case! 🙁 I like the idea of listing everything you pack. I had one client do something similar: she numbered all of her boxes and then made a spreadsheet that showed what was in each box (i.e. Box 1 – saw, screwdrivers, and wrenches). Hope to read more from you soon!

  12. We recently published a similar article to this on a partner website of ours.

    Some really good tips you have there to make the stress of moving that little bit easier.

  13. Couldn’t agree more with your suggestions. This is extremely useful especially those who have lived in their house for a long time. I had home sellers in Bucks County who have lived in their house for around 50 years and when they were ready to put the house up for sale, they didn’t know where to start with all the clutter.

  14. Hi there! Great tips ahead for selling homes moving. There are many things to consider first before moving another home and thanks a lot for sharing this information.

  15. These are quite impressive tips. It’s always a big headache to shift in a new home especially when you are shifting in a different city. But I think your useful tips can reduce this headache at some point.

  16. Moving timeline might differ if you are selling a house and have accepted a quick closing date. Push everything forward as necessary to accomplish your move as quickly and easily as possible. Useful tips you have here. Thanks

  17. Great article but you forgot the 4th tip in moving – SELL. Lol, but seriously, in my own moving experience, I found that selling a lot of your stuff instead of storing them was more practical, especially if those were the things I never use anyway.

  18. This is great advice. I have a similar list for my sellers. I had a client who has lived in the house for 62 years. You can only imagine how much clutter was in the house.

  19. Make sure every single box is numbered, and make a list of items that each box contains. It’ll help you massively when you finally decide to unpack your computers, clothing, or the kitchen stuff.

  20. Clear simple explanations and advice is what is required for homeowners be they experienced in the real estate industry or not. We would all be a lot better off if everyone knew the processes inside out and we had transparency in every aspect of buying/selling and moving home.

  21. Part of the joy of moving, is the idea of having a fresh start. Always a good idea to leave some of your past behind, and start creating new memories. I guess only bring with you the essentials, and try not to be a hoarder. Great topic.

  22. I’m an expert when it comes to moving and let me tell you something. The Mayflower moving company truck caught fire and destroyed everything my family owned. The additional insurance that was purchased was a scam as they wanted a final payment of the insurance which is due upon delivery; but the truck never arrived. We took an additional $80,000 in insurance from Mayflower and the did not honor their claim. They did nothing to help my family. We moved into a new home across states only to have a home with nothing in it. Our entire lives and memories were destroyed by the negligence of this company. Beware of Mayflower.

  23. I am a big believer in making list as we never seem to be able to unpack quickly and it is so frustrating looking through boxes and boxes for 1 thing that you need.

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