The 4-week Packing Plan - By: Marci McFarland
It helps to break the packing and moving ordeal into stages that can be gotten through with less fuss than a 24-hour grind. You’ll be less stressed, things will be more organized and moving day will go a lot smoother.
- Get packing materials together – boxes, tape, labels, etc
- Get rid of all clutter that you don’t want. Sell it at a garage sale, give it away to friends, drop it off at the local thrift store or take it to the local recycling center. Be ruthless!
- Label every box as it is filled and sealed, so if you need something or want to make sure the box goes to a particular area of the new home, identification is made easy. Consider taping a list to boxes filled with small-but-important items.
- If you have firearms, make sure that you have all permits to transport them legally. Also familiarize yourself with any transport and declaration rules.
- Pack the stuff you don’t need right now. Examples include: seasonal items, items that you don’t need around right now, memorabilia and guest room furniture
- Confirm the moving time and date with your movers, whether they are professionals or friends. Don’t leave anything to chance or a general email asking for help. It is often the case that people who send out mass emails asking for help with their move have people who figure that “everyone else is going to be there so I don’t have to”. It’s much better to ask your friends individually.
- Make sure that you have the transportation for your pets and family arranged.
- Pack everything else that is going with you. Pretend you’re on a demented camping trip with your family and have decided to “rough it” with one set of utensils for each person and a minimum of cooking equipment.
- Make sure firearms are unloaded and properly stored for transport. Keep the registration and other paperwork in the vehicle carrying the weapon(s), so you don’t have to scrabble around looking for it if you need to present documentation in a hurry.
- Ensure that your cleaning supplies and other equipment are not packed up, as you will need them for cleaning your former residence later (unless you have engaged a cleaning service).
- Start clearing out your food from the pantry/cupboards/refrigerator/freezer. Throw out anything that is past its due date and try to use up the food you have on hand.
- Make sure most of your packing is DONE by the end of the week before you move.
Day before moving day:
- Pack clothing for a couple of days, toiletries, games, toys for the trip to your new home.
- Make sure as much food as possible is cleared out of the pantry/cupboards/refrigerator/freezer.
- Break down as much furniture as possible.
- See that all of your packed/disassembled property is arranged so movers/helpers have clear access to what needs to be packed into the moving van first, second, third… etc.
- Send your pets and very young children to a sitter or friend for the packing time. They will only be underfoot and possibly distressed about the changes to their environment.
- Make sure all your things are clearly labeled as to where they go and what they are.
- It’s helpful if there is a party at the other end of your journey to make sure the home is open.
- Make sure you pack the things you will need for the first day/night in your new home last, so they will be the first things out of the truck.
- Try not to get too stressed out. Moving is stressful and it helps if you expect some delays and things not going quite as planned.
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Marci McFarland is a Sarasota real estate agent with a broad professional approach. Her unique insight into the various lifestyle requirements of her clients, combined with an intimate knowledge of her service area including Palmer Ranch Sarasota real estate, make her an ideal choice for families and investors alike.