Hire Professional MoversThe fact is, time is just not on your side, whether your company just told you they’re transferring you to another location or you’re moving out there quickly to care for your ill parents, book the movers first thing. On top of the time crunch, it’s summer, which means movers in general are very busy. This is when everyone chooses to move because the kids are out of school and the weather is nice. Movers can get booked up quickly during this time, so you’d be wise to call them first thing and secure a date. And because you’re on the clock, you can’t really take weeks to research the right movers. You should still call around and ask for quotes, but you won’t be able to spend a lot of time in the research phase. Read reviews online, ask friends and family, ask your real estate agent, and ask your employer for advice on a moving company. After you get some prices, narrow your selections down until you settle on a reputable company with experience at an affordable rate.
PurgeNext, it’s time to de-clutter your existing home or apartment first. Create one pile to keep, one to trash, and one to donate to charity. If you just can’t decide whether to keep something or not, take it with you and donate it once you settle in. In fact, there’s a Goodwill in Overland Park you can drive to that’s only 10 minutes away. Another option is to sell your unwanted belongings online or have a yard sale, although in the interest of time, you will have to make compromises. Whereas you would normally document each piece and ask for the best price, you don’t have this luxury right now. Take what you can get and move on.
Do Your HomeworkWhen moving in a pinch, you’ll have to be quick about finding a new home or apartment. The median home cost here is $253,000. The average rent is $1,100, a one percent increase over last year. The cost of living in Roeland Park is 3.5%, which is lower than the national average. To learn more, head online and do research on homes in your price range. Hire a real estate agent well-versed in the Roeland Park housing market. They can handle most of the search for you so you can concentrate on other tasks. You will receive links to homes you can afford and that have all the features you want. If you’re really in a rush, it may be wise to rent first while you continue to look for the right house for you, especially in such a hot seller’s market as this one.
Locate TransportationIf hiring movers, you won’t have to stress about transporting your belongings from Point A to Point B. But you will have to consider how your family will get to the new house. If it’s within driving distance, you’ll obviously take your car. But if you’re coming from clear across the country, you may consider selling your car before moving and buying a new one later. Taking a plane will save a lot of time.
Pack EfficientlyPacking is the biggest time suck of them all. But this doesn’t mean that you should compromise efficiency. You can’t throw stuff in a box and call it a day. This can translate to costly damage. Create a plan of attack and stick to it. Make a checklist and timetable so the task of packing can be approached methodically. If you’re really under the gun, ask your movers if they offer packing services. If so, they will pack all your stuff for you and bring the supplies to boot. If you do have time to pack yourself, the next thing you should do is gather the proper supplies. You can get boxes, tape and bubble wrap from an office supplies store, department store or from your movers. While you don’t have time to find free boxes at local grocery stores, it’s worth a shot. You may hit the jackpot on the first one you visit.
Pack a First Night BagTo pack, go room by room or by frequency of use. For example, you should save the kitchen and bathroom for last. You should also pack a first night box. After the chaos of spending a whole day moving, the last thing you will want to do is rifle through boxes finding the essentials for the first night in the new place. You will want to put the following in that first night box:
- One change of clothes
- Saline solution/contacts
- Prescription meds
- Cleaning supplies such as wipes
- Paper plates and napkins (helpful if you do takeout that first night)
- Electronics and chargers (phone, tablet, laptop)
- Toilet paper