Create Your Own RED BOX For Moving Day

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties

Create Your Own RED BOX for Moving Day.


So, you've decided to buy a house. You've worked through all the closing activities and the home is YOURS.  Now the WORK begins, THE MOVE.

If you are using movers to pack you, they will typically take 2 days to pack, and one day to load.  You need to be ready BEFORE they get there.  If you are like me, you'll want to make the best use of the boxes and discard unwanted items BEFORE it gets packed. If you haven't finished the "cleaning out" before moving day, you are too late. When the movers get there EVERYTHING gets PACKED.   EVEN THE TRASH so be ready!

The night before you will want to:

Empty the trash cans and clean if necessary,

Make sure the garage door openers and the appliance manuals (and anything else you need to leave for the buyer) are in a place where the mover will NOT pack them. Moving Day

If you are taking the refrigerator, have a plan for how you are going to transport any food and CLEAN the refrigerator.

If you have agreed to leave a certain mirror for the buyer make sure you put a big sign on it so the movers will NOT take it.

In the morning if you are a coffee drinker, make sure you empty and clean the coffee pot immediately after pouring that cup of coffee.  If you are a HUGE coffee drinker, you will want to put the coffee pot, coffee and whatever else you need in your RED BOX.

What is a red box? Everyone should create your own "red box" which contains those must have items.  On moving Day, this is the last box loaded and the first one off the truck.

 Moving DaySome suggestions for the red box would be pens, notepad, tape, screwdriver, hammer, nails, tape measure, soap, paper towels, toilet tissue, tissue, snacks, and if you have a pet, a water bowl and treats.  If you are a huge coffee drinker, the coffee pot should go in here so you can have that cup of joe on moving day.

If you'd like more tips for removing stress on moving day, check out my November newsletter.  Moving day can be a lot less stressful if you are prepared and you remember your "Red Box". 

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Comments (4)

Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Toni, I love the red box idea! That is an idea I will pass along to my sellers!  Thanks for the tip.

Feb 08, 2010 08:35 AM
Toni Bird
Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties - Hoover, AL

Thanks Mary,

I've even thought of giving the "red box" as a gift to the seller, only I never really know how much "stuff" they will want to put in - and how big it will need to be.

Feb 08, 2010 08:48 AM
Carol Milster

Toni that is a fab price for that home in Weatherly!  Best Wishes with it!

Feb 10, 2010 03:09 AM
Carol Milster
Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties - Hoover, AL

Oops - wrong blog to comment on :(

Love the idea of RED BOX !!!  Go Girl!

Feb 10, 2010 03:13 AM

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