Summer is the time of year when many people buy new homes and move. Packing to move while simultaneously buying a home can be overwhelming, but staying organized, getting an early start and approaching the process in a methodical manner can help make home buying a less stressful event.
Get Started Early
Start packing as soon as the decision is made to buy a home, even if the event is still months away. Getting an early start will ensure that a buyer will have enough time to get rid of your clutter and pack all belongings carefully. Starting early also helps reduce stress as the sale of the house draws near.
Get Rid of Clutter
While it may be tempting to get rid of home clutter by throwing it away, there are better ways to get rid of the excess stuff in a home.
- Sell things of value. Hold a garage sale to sell small items like clothes and books. Sell valuable items like electronics, bicycles and furniture online.
- Recycle. Recycle paper and paper products to reduce waste in landfills.
- Give to charities. Contact local charities and organizations like homeless shelters, schools, community theatres and churches to give away household products like paint, cleaning supplies, sheets, blankets and other useful items.
Colour Code Your Boxes
Labeling boxes can get tedious after a while. For a quicker, cleaner method of organizing packed boxes, label them with colour-coded stickers to save time. Assign a colour to each room in the house, then buy stickers in those colors. When each box has been packed, put a sticker on the box to show where in the house the box should be placed when it's time to unpack.
Keep Lots of Packing Supplies On Hand at All Times
Basic packing supplies have a way of getting lost or misplaced while packing is taking place. Go to the store and buy extras of all your supplies. This way, even if some supplies are misplaced, there will be more. In addition to scissors, tape, bubble wrap and boxes, keep these supplies on hand:
- Sandwich bags and gallon bags. Sandwich bags and gallon bags are helpful for packing items that might leak.
- Tools. Tools maybe necessary for disassembling some household items before placing them into boxes.
- Grocery bags. Plastic grocery bags can be incredibly helpful while packing. They’re useful for wrapping fragile items and can also be used to contain loose items.
Wrap Toiletries with Plastic Wrap
Unscrew the cap on products like liquid soaps and other toiletries, then place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the bottle. Screw the lid back on with the plastic wrap in place. This will help prevent messy leaks.
Take a Picture of Electronics
Worried about having trouble hooking up electronics when in a new home? Take a picture of your stereo, television, DVD player cords before unhooking them. These pictures will serve as a guide when it's time to hook up electronics devices after moving.
Make a Packing Plan
It’s easy to lose track of time when in the middle of a home purchase and a move. Make a schedule and packing plan for every room of your house, then stick to the schedule. This will help ensure you'll be fully packed by the time the deal closes on your new home.
Not sure when the sale will be complete? Work with a real estate agent to set up a realistic timeline. Working with an experienced real estate agent will help buyers stay on top of the game while packing and moving this summer.