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Ideally, when you are moving to a new Sedona home, you will want to do it on a pleasant and sunny day which makes everything much easier.
However, if you are moving in the winter, or an unexpected deluge shows up on your pre-arranged moving day, it can really dampen your enthusiasm and throw a wrench into your plans.
It can also make you worry about your possessions being damaged as you move them into your new home.
Don’t worry; it’s still possible to move your possessions in the rain, snow or cold.
All you need is a little bit of technique, forethought and planning.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are moving on a day with terrible weather:
Dress For Success
Make sure everyone in the family is dressed warmly. You will be going back and forth from indoors to outdoors a lot, so it might be tempting to not bother with your warm clothes.
However, it’s important to dress appropriately. You don’t want anyone catching a cold.
Wear multiple layers that you can take off or put on accordingly. Also, remember a rainproof layer if it’s pouring.
In snowy climates, clear the driveway and the front porch of snow and ice, and sprinkle them with salt.
This is very important to ensure that no one slips and falls while carrying boxes out of the old house and into your new home.
The last interruption you need on moving day is a trip to the emergency room.
Wrap Up Your Belongings
If it is raining or snowing you will need to protect your belongings from getting wet.
Wrap your furniture in waterproof plastic and seal your boxes with packing tape and plastic.
Invest in enough of these supplies before the moving day so you don’t have to run to the store to buy more in the middle of your move.
Keep It Clean
At your new house, set up an area at the front door with towels so that everyone can dry off the boxes and themselves to avoid tracking rain or snow into the new house.
As these simple tips point out, packing and moving in the rain or snow is a problem that can be overcome with appropriate planning.
Plus, sometimes moving in the winter can give you an advantage because there will be a low service demand that can decrease your moving costs.
Moving everything in your house to your new |**CITY & CITY**| home can be an overwhelming task.
You never realize how much stuff you actually own until you try to fit it all into boxes and move it somewhere new.
When you are packing up your things to relocate, here are some helpful tips to make your moving experience much easier:
Start Packing In Advance
You don’t have to wait until the day before you move to start packing everything in your house!
As soon as you find out that you are moving, you can start packing the items you don’t often use, such as your seasonal decorations, photo albums and family keepsakes.
If you pack a few items per week, you’ll have almost everything packed by the time you are ready to go except for the essentials you use every day.
Establish A System
Rather than randomly throwing every item you see into a box, think ahead and create a logical plan for your packing.
Before you start, develop a simple record-keeping system.
Give every box you pack a number and write a corresponding list detailing the items in that box.
This way, when you arrive you will know exactly where to find each item.
You will want to keep all of the items from each area of the house together so they can be unpacked easily.
For example, keep all of the boxes of kitchen supplies together and then put them straight into the kitchen when you arrive at your new home.
You could even designate a color for each room in the house and put colored stickers on the boxes so that the movers or anyone helping you can easily determine in which room a box belongs.
Bonus Tip: Sometimes Less Is More
One final consideration that can make your move easier is to use your move as an opportunity to pare down your unused belongings.
Plus, you won’t be left wondering why you decided to move things from one home to another once you start unpacking.
As with many things, the more organized you are when packing, the less stressful it will be when you arrive and at your new house.
Moving to a new home can be a difficult transition for everyone in the family, including the furry, four-legged members.
Dogs and cats develop a strong bond with their environment so when they are relocated from their territory it can cause them stress.
Here are some tips to ease your pets’ transition to a new home :
Keep Your Mood Calm
Pets are very tuned-in to your emotions and will sense your mood. If you are stressed throughout the moving process, your cat or dog will pick up on this and it will make him anxious. Try to remain calm and give your pet plenty of attention and reassurance during the process of moving.
Transporting Your Pet
A few weeks before the move, introduce your pet to his pet carrier so that he becomes familiar with it. It will be much less scary for him to be transported in a carrier, which already has recognizable smells and perhaps a favorite chew toy or blanket inside. When you are moving your pets to your new home, it is a good idea not to feed them for about three hours before setting off, as this can help to prevent accidents while in transit.
When you get to your new residence, place your pets in one room of the house and provide them with water, food, and a few familiar possessions. Keep them in a closed room while you move things in, as the process of moving boxes and furniture can be chaotic and doors can be left open. Once everything has been moved in, you can take the time to give your pet some one-on-one attention.
Dogs find routines comforting, so try to stick to the same schedule of feeding and walking in your new home. Cats will want to explore and rub their scent all over the house to claim it as their territory. A cat might attempt to return to its old home after a move, so keep it indoors for a few weeks at first.
These are just a few ways that you can make moving to a new home a better experience for your beloved pets. If you’d like more suggestions for helping your pets and family adjust to a move, call or email me with your questions.
With home values slow to rise and mortgage rates at all-time lows, there’s never been a more affordable time to own a home.
However, there is more to the cost of living than just a mortgage payment. There’s the cost of groceries, gasoline and routine medical care, too.
Not surprisingly, where we live affects our costs.
Big cities are often more expensive in which to live, for example, and local tax laws influence daily costs, too.
For home buyers moving across state borders, therefore — or even for those moving long distances intra-state — it’s important to know the relative costs in your new hometown as compared to your current one. Your household cash flow depends on it. You can’t know your budget for a home if you don’t know what life in a new town will cost you.
Enter Bankrate.com’s Cost of Living Comparison Calculator.
In comparing the costs of 60 mundane, everyday items, the Cost of Living Comparison calculator can show you how common costs in your current home town compare to costs in your soon-to-be new home town.
The calculator asks for just three inputs — (1) In what city do you live now, (2) To what city are you moving, and (3) What is your current salary — then uses that information to produce a detailed cost comparison.
Some of the Cost of Living items compared include :
- Ground beef costs
- Veterinary services costs
- Dozen egg costs
- Doctor visit costs
- Hair care costs
The calculator also includes local mortgage rate differences to help plan for housing, and accounts for median home prices, too.
The online Cost of Living calculator is based on data from the ACCRA. On the ACCRA website, a similar cost comparison report sells for $5. At Bankrate.com, you can get the data for free.