So, you’ve just bought a new home in South Central PA. Welcome to the open areas of farmland, quaint towns, and the many historical sites you can visit. Deciding to move to South Central PA may have been the easy part. The act of moving can be tough, and try everyone’s patience! But there are some great ways to make your move stress-free and inexpensive. Here are a few tips for relocating to South Central PA.
Ask for help
Don’t feel as if you have to tackle this alone. When practical, ask family and friends to help. The more, the merrier! And the more bodies you can throw at a move, the quicker it’ll go. Also, getting help significantly decreases any money you will have to pay a moving company. So not only can the extra hands help your wallet, but they can also help save your back!
Hoard Packing Materials
Every time you go grocery shopping, ask customer service if they have any available empty boxes. Liquor stores are a great place to get empty boxes that have dividers. These boxes are perfect for packing up glasses and knick-knacks you don’t want to bang together. Collect newspapers from family and friends for wrapping glasses and dishes. Get your hands on some old blankets as these are good for protecting furniture during a move.
Create a timeline
Map out what your moving schedule will look like. It’s best to have an established plan of attack rather than waiting until a week before the move when your stress level will be high already. The more last-minute disasters you can avoid, the better!
Label all boxes
It can be easy to skip this step. But if you do, you’ll regret it when it’s time to unpack and set up your new home. Mark each box with the contents and the room to which it belongs. This will also help those helping you move know where to put the boxes in your new home.
Clean as you go
As you pack up a room, pause your packing efforts and clean before moving to the next room. This will help ensure you give each room a good cleaning, and it breaks things up a little. Also, cleaning is crucial if you rent and need to get your security deposit back, so don’t skip this step.
Ditch the junk
As you pack up, you will find items you forgot you had. If you find things you haven’t touched in over a year (and you will), get rid of them. Now is a great opportunity to clear out old stuff that’s gathering dust and taking up space!
If a new home purchase or existing home sale is in your future, let’s talk! Call me at 717-253-3259 (cellphone) or visit my website at www.karentavenner.com.