I have written blogs in the past about how to manage your move. Specifically, one of my blogs was about packing and I offered some tips on how to pack up your home without all the extra stress. I recently had someone request information about how to prepare your home for selling and moving. The key is to always stay in control. When you start to get your home ready to sell and move, there is a lot that needs to be done – and sometimes it can seem like things are out of control! It doesn’t have to be that way. Stay organized and have a plan.

Clean as you go. If you clean your home ahead of time, the packing and moving process will go much smoother. Get rid of the things you don’t need. When I was preparing to move, I put all the things I didn’t want/need into an area of my garage until I could decide what to do with it. After you have purged and organized a room, clean it and close the door. This is especially helpful if you are close to move out day and cleaning is a requirement.

Have a garage sale. Garage sales can be a lot of work – but if you are looking to make some extra money for the move then they are a great idea. If don’t you want the hassle of setting up a garage sale, you can always make a charitable donation. Either way, garage sales and donations are great ways to get rid of those items you don’t want and need.  

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Begin collecting moving boxes and supplies. If you want to save money on a full-service move, then do it yourself! You are going to need some sturdy boxes and containers. I know people who have gone to stores and asked for their throw-away boxes. While this can be a good idea for most items, these boxes are not always sturdy and designed for moving fragile items. Make sure you look for good sturdy boxes to move your fragile things. Don’t forget to ask your real estate agent. They can be a great resource for moving supplies.

Organize the stuff you keep. It’s OK if you are not ready to box up everything that you want to keep – just make sure that you have it organized. Box up the items that you do not need to use right away. These are things like off season clothes, holiday decorations, extra blankets, ect. Organize everything else. Have a place for everything, and put everything in its place. This will help out big time when it comes time to start packing. You will know where all your things are, and it will make the moving process less stressful.

Trust me, I know that preparing your home for a move can feel overwhelming. When you look around your home there might seem like so much that you have to do. Take it one step at a time. Make a plan and stay organized. Like I said earlier, the key is to stay in control. I feel that the less you bring with you to your new home, the better you will feel.  Leave all those old things behind and only bring the things you need and the things you use on a regular basis.  Look at your move as a new beginning and a time to start fresh! And stay tuned for part two of Preparing for a Move – Staging Your Home.