Congratulations, you’ve finally sold your home! After receiving countless lowballs and offers that just didn’t quite make the cut, your patience paid off and you’ve received an offer that you feel is actually worth the price of your home. So what does that mean? Yep, it’s time to move out.
Now that you’re excitement has died down, you’re probably realized that means you’re going to have to completely empty out your home, and are groaning at the idea of clearing out every room in your home and packing box after box. And for good reasons. Years of living in your home has culminated in endless stacks of books and paper, clothes, and lots of things you probably don’t need. Moving is never easy, but there are some steps you can take to make the stressful event a bit easier on you and your family.
Every Day Counts – Start Cleaning Early
Once you’ve made the sale and have decided on a buyer, the time starts ticking, and everyday counts. Just like how cleaning up a house is easier when you do different chores consistently throughout the week and throughout the month, making an effort to pack or clean out parts of the house each day can go a long way.
A good way to do this is to set a few hours aside each day to declutter each room, one by one. Some items that you should get rid of include items you haven’t touched in ages. No, we’re not talking about your family photo albums or limited edition signed CDs. We’re talking about those old appliances and books that you know you haven’t used in a while, and probably will never use again.
Get a Dumpster Rental
Once you start to clear out more and more of your house, you’ll realize there’s a lot of items that you’ve kept and you really don’t need. You’ll also realize there’s a lot of trash. Enough trash that the neighbored trash pickup truck would probably have to come by your house about 20 or more times before you’ve gotten rid of all the trash in your home. That’s not exactly feasible, so here’s what you can do
Rent a dumpster! Having a dumpster isn’t just for restaurants, events, or construction projects. When you’re moving out of your house, it can be extremely helpful to hire a dumpster rental service. Having a dumpster on site at your home makes it easier to toss your trash out all at once, and most services will haul away your trash so you don’t have to worry about finding a place to dispose your junk.
There are dumpster rentals in every city. If you live in Austin, simply look up Austin dumpster rental to find reliable services by checking out the different reviews of each company. The same applies for any city. Be sure to check whether they run on a flat fee, or have hidden fees depending on the amount of time your keep the dumpster rental, or the weight your place in the dumpster.
Always pack each room one by one. Although it can be hard to stay focused, and you’ll start to get tired looking at all the same items in the same room, packing each room one by one is the key to getting packing done and staying organized. When you pack the items in the same room together, it makes it easier to unpack into your new home. You can label the box with the name of the new room it’s planning to go in, and all of the items that belong to that room will already be in one box.
Because you’ll be carrying out all these boxes out of your home, its’ also important to make sure that you can actually carry the boxes! Unless you’re hiring professional movers (although this can help them out with the move too) you’ll be lifting all these boxes on your own, and you need to be sure you can do that. For heavier items, pack them in smaller boxes to make it easier to carry. This also can help ensure that the box does tear and break apart from the weight of all the heavy items inside a large box.