As life changes, so does our use of space. For every milestone in our life, we use space differently. Whether you’re welcoming a new child, or proudly in the empty nest phase you may have decided the space you are in is no longer right for your needs. Preparing for a new rightsized space can be an overwhelming prospect. Planning for your move can help you manage the process over time.
In preparation of a downsize or rightsize here are a few items to check off your list:
☐ Set a date for your move.
☐ Interview and hire a Realtor.
☐ Begin to Sort and Declutter small amounts daily as early as 5-6 months before your move.
☐ Plan for your new space by learning the dimensions and deciding what items you will have room for.
☐ Create a floor plan or template of your new abode.
☐ Consult an accountant or tax expert on what financial records should be retained.
☐ Consult or consider hiring a move manager, relocation specialist or organizer like Caring Transitions
☐ Collect and gather important documentation like birth certificates, deeds, medical records, etc.
☐ Hire Estate Sale or Online Auction professionals.
☐ Contact friends and loved ones about any items they have stored in your extra space.
☐ Designate items to gift.
☐ Ship Items to Family and Friends.
☐ Begin discarding items that will not be donated, gifted or sold.
☐ Gather estimates from movers at least 3 months before your move.
☐ Obtain a storage unit to slowly transfer items you want to keep, yet don’t intend to donate or sell.
☐ Decide which items may need to be appraised.
☐ Gather quotes from and hire an appraiser.
☐ Decide which items will be donated and schedule pick up/drop-off.
☐ Schedule utility transfers, connections, and disconnections.
☐ Create an inventory of items you will take with you room-by-room.
☐ Pack your items according to your inventory list.
☐ Create an “Essentials Kit” that includes everything you need for the first few days in your new home. This would include toiletries, a change of clothes, basic first aid items, bedding, cups and plates, drinks, and snacks.
☐ Move plants and pets.
☐ Facilitate move related services.
☐ Unpack your items using your inventory list and space plan.
☐ File your change of address.
This list can be a large task to tackle. Proper planning in advance can lessen the load along with the help of experts.
Call Caring Transitions for a FREE in-home consultation with an office near you.