Spring and summer is the peak time for real estate. More homes are up for sale and with school out it is the best time for families to move. We put together some tips to help you save money and stay organized for your big move.
Know Your Budget
If you are purchasing a home your mortgage should be no more than half of your gross monthly income. Look for a home that is the right size for your family. If you only have one child the five bedroom house that is on the market for 400K might be a little much. Determine the difference between what you want and what you need. Is a home with the solar water heater for pool necessary?
Once you found the perfect home you need to hire an affordable and trusting moving company. Do your research and read the latest reviews. Yelp and Google are great sites to use to begin your search. Find companies that have at least four stars. Ask your friends for recommendations. Make sure their service fits in your budget.
Packing for the Move
Before you pack all your things figure out what you wish to keep and what you can do without. Mark donate on boxes with items to give away. Some people also have a moving sale to get rid of unwanted items.
Get a variety of moving supplies. Your local home improvement store should carry all the items you will need. Make sure you have different sized boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, furniture protectors and black permanent markers.
Write detailed labels on your boxes. Label each box you pack with the items in it and the room it should go in. This will help your movers when they unload the truck. It will also make it easier for you to unpack and put away.
Get your kids involved. Show them how to pack their own things. Help them decide what they want to bring to the new house and what they are willing to give away.
Pack an overnight bag and a suitcase with clothes for a couple of days. This will be useful if you are unable to unpack everything right away.
Arrival at Your New Home
Take your time unpacking. You probably won’t need to use all of your things the first day. Get your beds and furniture set up first before you unpack your boxes.
Get to know the neighborhood. Introduce your family to your new neighbors. Walk around the neighborhood and familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. If there is a park nearby take your kids there.
Moving can be exciting for your family. If you stay organized and get your kids involved the move will be less stressful for everyone.
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