When it's time to move, have a plan

After I help my clients sell a home, I know they are ready to move out to the next house. Selling a home is a huge relief, until the thought of packing up everything you own and moving it across town, or elsewhere, starts to really settle in.

But you can manage the workload and stress of moving if you break it down into manageable pieces. Start with a comprehensive check list of things that need to be accomplished. Here are some of the basics:
  • Sorting through stored items that could be given to charity
  • Finding a moving company
  • Notifying utilities, schools, creditors, etc. of your change of address
  • Get packing supplies
Make an inventory of household items, including things stored in the garage. Put together a packing list so you know what's in each box, and clearly label them according to their location in the new house.