As moving day approaches and you find yourself hustling to take care of last minute details, it can be easy to overlook one very important step – creating a floor plan for your new home. You may already have some ideas of what furniture will go where in your new place, but actually sitting down and mapping out those ideas can be a huge benefit to both you and everyone else involved in the move.
Here’s why it’s always a good idea to create a floor plan before you move:
Out With The Old…
There may be some items that you have now in your soon-to-be old home that won’t be making the trip to your new home. Whether you’re downsizing or not, moving can be the perfect time to get rid of items you just don’t need anymore. A floor plan allows you to see exactly how your furniture will fit in your new home and can help end the debate over whether or not you should keep your older stuff.
In With The New…
A carefully thought out floor plan can also help you identify any new items you may need or want for your new home. For example, let’s say you have a sectional in the living room of your current home. After creating a floor plan for your new home, you realize that the sectional just isn’t going to work. Now may be the right time to get that new sofa you’ve had your eye on.
Judging Your Space
When you go to check out your new house or apartment, it will always seem much bigger when it’s empty. It’s easy to misjudge how much room you will actually have. When you start moving things in, suddenly you realize that things just don’t fit the way you imagined. GetYourMoveOn suggests that you take the time to do some measuring of both the space you’re moving into as well as your furniture so you can make an accurate floor plan and avoid surprises on the day you move in.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of having a well-thought out floor plan in place as you move is that it will save you a great deal of time and energy. You’ll be able to tell movers exactly where you want your possessions to go and not have to stop to reposition or try different arrangements in order to make things fit. The goal is to get you moved in quickly so you can start enjoying your new home as soon as possible.
Having a floor plan before you move can also help you with the smaller details like décor and lighting. It can also help you identify heavy traffic areas and open spaces. You’ll feel more in control as you move in when you have things mapped out ahead of time.
Remember that GetYourMoveOn is ready to help make your move as easy as possible. For tips and ideas on creating a floor plan, or for a free estimate, give us a call at (480) 695-6621.
Moving is a time of organizing and packing. Once you get started, it’s easy to get into a rhythm and before long you may even start to feel like a professional packer! In fact, there’s a chance that you become too proficient and pack away the things you will need on moving day! The last thing you’ll want to do is spend time on moving day searching through boxes for something you need for yourself or the kids.
Below is a list of the top 10 items it’s good to have with you on moving day. Most of these items can fit into a small bag or suitcase so you can keep them handy.
1. Packing Supplies
It’s always surprising how often items such as scissors, tape and markers are needed on the day you move. It never hurts to have a small packing supply kit on hand just in case.
2. Stuff for the Kids
Moving day can be rough on the kids. Make sure they keep a couple of their favorite toys with them. You might consider preparing a couple of games for them to play or movies to watch if you’re traveling a long distance. This will help keep your children entertained and help you keep your sanity during the move.
If your move involves you being on the road for a day or 2, it’s a good idea to have your toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, razor, soap, hairbrush, deodorant and any other toiletries you may need on hand.
Any prescriptions that you or your family members take on a regular basis should be kept with you during your move. This might also include allergy medicine and contact lens solution. It also never hurts to have some aspirin on hand in case someone gets sick.
5. Phone and Tablet Chargers
These are the things that can easily get packed away without thought and leave you in a lurch on moving day. The last thing you need is to spend extra money on replacing a charger while you’re in the middle of a move.
6. One Set of Utensils for Each Person
There’s nothing worse than getting in late to your new home on moving day and not being able to eat until you unpack all of your kitchen boxes. Be sure to have one set of utensils for each person on hand.
7. Stuff for Pets
Don’t forget the essentials for your pet, including their food, dish, leash and bed.
Having extra water on hand is especially important if you are moving during the summer months in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Depending on how hot it is outside, it may be worth having a small cooler with you as well to keep the water cold.
In the hustle and bustle of moving day, you will need to keep your energy up. Be sure to bring a few of your favorite snacks with you that you can grab when you need a boost.
10. Basic Cleaning Supplies
When you first arrive at your new home, you may not feel like doing a deep clean that first day, but there will be some surfaces that need a quick clean. Have some basic cleaning supplies with you so you’re prepared.
Other honorable mentions that didn’t quite make our top 10 list would be a shower curtain, pillows and a portable speaker for listening to music while you move. GetYourMoveOn has been helping people in the Phoenix area move since 2005. We’re ready to provide our professional moving, storage and delivery services when you need us. Just give us a call at 480-695-6621 for a free estimate.