As your Windsor Realtor, let me be the first to say: Congratulations! You have sold your home and now it’s time to move on to the next step! Packing! Needless to say, most people do not enjoy this job, particularly if you are packing up a home that is large and that you have lived in for many years. This is particularly true if you have a house full of valuables, such as heirloom china, antiques, electronics and other priceless items. Therefore, it is important to make sure your items are packed correctly and protected while in transit to your new home.
First, from a Windsor realtor point of view, if you can afford to hire a professional moving/packing company, then it may be prudent to do so. This can save you valuable time and certain headaches. These companies have enormous knowledge of packing your household items and know all of the proper techniques to protect them. If money is a concern, then you may want to consider hiring a company to do partial packing. They will come and pack all of your delicate items while leaving you to worry about the rest of your belongings.
But if hiring a moving company is out of the question, then consider a few of these steps to ensure that your property will arrive at your new home safely.
1. Develop a Packing Plan: Get rid of what you no longer need. Have a yard sale, donate your unwanted items, or throw them in the trash. Go around to each room and take out what you don’t want.
2. Keep room items together. When packing, it is important to focus on one room at a time and pack each room separately. Mark all boxes clearly and keep them together. When moving, carry each box into the room that it is labeled.
3. Make a list: Rather than just writing “kitchen” on a box, make sure you also label what is inside, such as “utensils” or “coffeemaker.”
4. Fragile! Make sure when labeling your boxes that you include special instructions for those fragile items, such as “Open first” or “fragile” and “handle with care.” This may seem obvious, but it is surprising how often these simple instructions are not followed through and heirlooms are often left in pieces.
As a Windsor realtor, I will be providing more tips and packing suggestions that are well known in the business to make your move as carefree as possible in future articles.