If you were able to conquer the challenge of selling your home in Fort Worth – congratulations! But your work doesn’t stop there. Now you must start the lengthy process of moving out. Fitting your whole life into little boxes can seem daunting and anxiety-inducing (where do you even start?!) However, packing for a move shouldn’t intimidate you if you plan ahead. The tips we’ve listed below will help you breeze through the process in no time.
1. Clear Your Clutter
You probably already decluttered when you were busy staging your home in Fort Worth, but if you still have extra trinkets laying around, the time to toss them is now. You shouldn’t shuffle your junk drawer from one house to another, as moving living spaces provides a golden opportunity for a clean slate.
2. Start Early
Packing for a move always, always, always takes longer than you think it will. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as throwing things into boxes and calling it a day. The more you’ll want to make it easier for yourself in your new place, the more time you should allot to organize and pack effectively.
3. Keep a Bag of Essentials
Packing for a move to Fort Worth early is excellent, but keep in mind you still have to live in the meantime! There are some obvious things you’ll want to keep close, like important documents and paperwork, electronics and their chargers, and the like. But you’ll also need bath towels, kitchen utensils, fresh linens, and other day-to-day essentials that can easily get overlooked as you’re busy packing away. Not only will you need these things before you leave your newly sold house in Texas, but if anything goes wrong during move-in day (knock on wood!) at least you’ll be equipped to pass a few nights in your new pad without having to make an emergency trip to Target.
4. Cover Your Furniture
Obviously, not everything is going to fit into a box. Still, you’re not totally off the hook when it comes to your furniture. Since items can get shuffled around in the back of a truck, the best way to protect scratches and scuffs is to cover your furniture in plastic covers or even trash bags.
5. Don’t Leave Empty Space in Boxes
Consider investing in different sized boxes to avoid grouping random belongings that don’t quite belong together (it will make unpacking so much easier). If you do find yourself with a half-empty box, it’s best to fill it up with bubble wrap, regardless of whether there are fragile items inside. This is so your stuff doesn’t get tossed around, but also because cardboard boxes can easily collapse under weight, which brings us to another point- always place heavier items on the bottom and lighter things on top.
6. Label Everything
One of the most important parts of packing for a move to Fort Worth is to label everything! We can’t stress enough how important it is for you to know exactly where your things are. Otherwise, unpacking in your new home won’t be pretty.
7. Plan Ahead
If you plan to use a moving company, don’t wait until closing day to give them a call, because they might not be available on a whim. Also, giving yourself extra time will allow you the power to shop around and find the best deal.
Alternatively, if you’re renting a truck and doing the heavy lifting yourself, it’s still advised to call two to four weeks before moving day.
The endeavor of packing for a move to Fort Worth is inevitable, but the effort of selling your home doesn’t have to be. At United Home Offer, we’ll buy your home as-is, so you can be on your way without worrying about inspections, repairs, or realtors. Contact us for a free offer today.