If you followed our advice, you’ve used this summer’s awesome low rates to buy a home and get on the road to financial independence. If so, congratulations! Now that you own a home, it’s time to get moved in. We wanted to give you some tips we’ve collected over the years of working with new homeowners to give you a guide on how to move into your new home!
Write It Down
Keep track of every piece of paperwork, phone number, moving truck license plate, invoice number, and note you can get your hand on. Even if you’re going to just throw it away later, keep track of it while you move. You don’t want to lose any of your stuff, or have the movers show up late, or anything that can make the day worse. Having all of your paperwork ready can make all of the difference between a rough day moving and smooth sailing.
Know Where You’ll Lay Your Head
The last thing you think of is making the bed. Do it when the bed is first setup, so you don’t get to the end of the night dead tired and end up sleeping on the bare mattress because you’re too tired to look for sheets.
Freshen the Fridge
After you finish cleaning the fridge, leave a box of baking soda in there to clear out the smells of ancient Chinese food and spilled OJ that fill your fridge, even after they’re cleaned. Leave it fresh for the next person.
Remember – heavy items in small boxes on the bottom. Fill large boxes with your lighter stuff, or put it on top of the box.
Don’t Mess Around With Irreplaceable Stuff
Pack the stuff that would kill you to lose in your car. Don’t lose pictures, old home movies, or one-of-a-kind treasures to the whims of a sliding moving truck.
Don’t Break Your Plates
Plates should always go in vertically. Don’t stack them, it puts extra pressure on the bottom ones of the stack.
Pack Your Necessities
Toilet paper, toiletries, snacks, coffee (and pot), soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. These are the things you’ll be glad you packed together, and asked the moving guys to load last, so you can get to it first.
Don’t pack lamps with the bulb in them. You’re begging for broken glass. Even if you pitch the bulbs, it’s still better than picking glass out of the truck. Roll the bulbs up in a paper towel for travel.
A good way to keep organized and teach the kids where they’re moving is to have them write out their full name and address on every box going to their rooms.
Don’t Forget Fido
Pets are going to hate every part of moving. Find a friend, neighbor, kennel, or groomer to stash them with during the move. They’ll be happier for it, and so will anyone moving your boxes.
Hire Good Movers
Do your research. Check out their reviews online, call around for quotes, and get movers you’re comfortable with. Cheaper isn’t always better, really.
If you’re ready to take rising home rates and low interest rates and use them to your advantage, call us in St. Louis at (314) 781-9700, Chicago at (773) 770-4727, Indianapolis at (317) 550-1515 or Nashville at (615) 810-8555. You can always apply online at www.thehomeloanexpert.com, and we’re also open on Saturdays to better serve you. We work hard to make it easy on you. Nobody gets lower rates on better loans than The Home Loan Expert, Ryan Kelley, why go anywhere else?