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Advice for a stress free move

Real Estate Agent with Steinborn & Associates Real Estate

Whether it is across town or across the country. The Evelyn Bruder Real Estate Dream Team understands that the moving process is integral to relocating, and it is one of the great anxiety producing parts of relocation.

You are not alone. We are with you every step of the way. Today we want to give you our 5 best moving tips.

Your peace of mind is important to us. We will continue with a series of blogs to provide you with all of the advice you will need to make your move as easy as possible.

Let’s start with our Moving Tips.moving to a home in las cruces,

Moving Tip 1: Start early.


Moving is a time-consuming process, mostly because of the time involved in packing up all the rooms of your current place. People are often surprised by just how long it can take to get things organized and ready to go. Most people need at least 4 weeks to get ready. That’s because it takes several hours to pack each room. Don’t end up running out of time and “slamming together” the last parts of the move. That can lead to disaster.

Moving Tip 2: Get, and use, both a Moving Guide and Checklist, as well as an Organizer.


One of the great things about moving is that you aren’t along in doing it. About 1 in 8 in households moves in any given year. Our experience enables us to provide a rich source of wisdom on how to do it well.

Universally, people who have moved agree that there are two incredibly helpful tools: a Moving Guide plus a Moving Checklist, and a moving organizer. A Moving Guide is simply a pre-defined schedule of the things you need to-do. The Checklist is just there to help keep you on track toward Moving Day, and help keep you from forgetting important steps. Just click on the links to get your Guide and Checklist.

A moving organizer is just a 3-ring binder containing all the important papers involved in your move, such as leases and mortgage documents, notes from setting up utilities, etc. It can keep everything together and avoid your move being a stressful time.

Moving Tip 3: Create “Open Me First” boxes and pack a few suitcases.

One of the biggest hassles in moving is trying to find what you need at your new place. There are two quick remedies for this. For each person, create a single suitcase or backpack filled with all the necessities you would need if you were going on a 3-day vacation. This includes 3 changes of clothes, toiletries, prescriptions, eyeglasses, and other vital items. Keep these items separated, and handy for when you arrive.

Similarly, have an “open me first” box for each room, clearly labeled in red instead of black ink, holding the things you want to have immediately available as soon as you arrive. This might be soap, towels and toilet paper for the bathroom; coffee maker and paper cups, plates and flatware for the kitchen; etc. This will make your first 24 hours in the new place much simpler.

Moving Tip 4: Don’t pack It if you can live without it!

Much of the time taken in moving is due to packing and unpacking. So if you haven’t used an item in over a year, it’s a good idea to lighten the moving load and get rid of the stuff.

Here’s my advice:

• While packing, separate out the items you can live without into boxes marked “Moving Sale”.

• Get rid of broken items altogether. Donate all usable clothing and toys to a local charity.

• Hold a moving sale for any items you aren’t using that are “sellable.” You can often earn between $200 and $2000 on a well-organized, well-advertised and well-priced moving sale.

• Get rid of broken items altogether. Have a charity truck come for pick-up at the hour the moving sale ends to take everything that didn’t sell.

Moving Tip 5: Have proper payment for movers ready in advance.

If you are using professional movers, you’ll often need to have cash, money order or certified check in hand BEFORE they unload a single box. In fact, they can legally drive off with your possessions until the moment they receive their payment in the format they prefer. Check before you sign an agreement with your moving company, and verify it again with the move foreman before she or he begins loading.

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If you follow these general tips, you’ll be well-positioned to make your move a stress-free experience.

Watch for further Moving Tips in coming days.

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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Hi Evelyn, Great list for clients making a move, thanks for posting it!

Aug 22, 2010 05:44 PM
Evelyn Bruder
Steinborn & Associates Real Estate - Las Cruces, NM

Moving can seem so overwhelming, but even just doing a few of these ideas will help out A LOT :) Glad you found it useful!!

Aug 23, 2010 10:57 AM