If you're planning on moving to a new neighborhood in your community soon, you undoubtedly want to streamline the process as much as possible. Following are five strategies designed to minimize the disruption of your daily life while dealing with a local move.
Start Purging Clutter Early On
Purging your home of unnecessary clutter as soon as you know that you will be moving helps make the whole thing seem less overwhelming than simply setting aside one day to devote to the purging process. This is the time to be ruthless. If you haven't worn or used it in several months, donate it or otherwise give it away. Many charities will pick up your unwanted items for free. Also, consider having a garage sale. You'll be able to use the extra money you make for moving related expenses. You can also consider having a few "purging parties" where you let friends, relatives, and neighbors select their favorites from among your unwanted items in exchange for helping you pack and purge. However, don't expect to donate or give away items that have outlived their usefulness -- simply throw them away.
Start Packing Early On
Getting a jump start on packing will make the whole moving process easier. Only pack those items you know that you definitely want to take to your new home but don't need right away, such as your waffle iron, selected books, and out-of-season clothing.
Prepare Your Children
Because your move is local, you can get a head start on acclimating your children to your new neighborhood by visiting it a few times before the final moving day. Even if your new home is still occupied and therefore can't be accessed, you can walk around the block, visit local parks, do some shopping in the local grocery store, and explore area attractions.
Hire a Reputable Moving Company
Your move will go a lot more smoothly if you hire a reputable company that specializes in local moves. Keep in mind that just because you're only going across town doesn't mean that moving mishaps can't and won't happen. Ask around for recommendations on local moving companies, and check online reviews to find a top quality mover.
Make Dinner Reservations
There's no reason why you should be scrambling to make dinner on your first night in your new home. Making dinner reservations at a restaurant in your new neighborhood. This will provide a relaxing end to a busy day and help you get acclimated to your new area.