Moving is never easy, but these days, it’s more complicated than ever. According to MovingLabor, about 40 million Americans moved last year, and it’s likely even more will move this year, with so many people fleeing offices in crowded cities to work remotely in less populated areas.
As proof, home sales are booming, and inquiries about moving are dramatically higher than the same time last year, according to Zillow. And then there’s those record low interest rates.
Which could make it a great time to move, especially if you take advantage of these home buying and moving tips that Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott shared with ReallyRather, via ADT home security.
The Bros came up with so many safe and sane moving tips we couldn’t limit them to just five. And to be honest, too much is never enough of Jonathan and Drew, so here we go:
The Property Brothers Share Safe and Sound Moving Tips
When Looking for a New Home
- Before starting the search, write down your top five must-haves: Patio vs. deck? Location vs. size? New build vs. fixer-upper? More bedrooms vs. more common space? Pet rooms vs. bedrooms? (Just kidding … we know the pets win!)
- Always look for a home that already has features that are going to make your life easier, like a security system to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Review past home inspection results. Ask your inspector to look for outdated electrical wiring and have them locate shut-off valves and circuit breakers for emergencies. And don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. This is a big deal!
- Take a photo of how your electronics are connected. This way, you can remember how and where all the wires go.
- Wrap breakables in towels or clothing to save on bubble wrap.
- Put small parts in sandwich bags, label them, and then tape them to the corresponding item.
- Put all of your stuff in boxes you can close. You’ll definitely want your boxes to stack.
- Pack the items you will need first in a clear plastic bin. The clear bin allows you to see inside. It also separates itself from the myriad cardboard boxes. Do not pack a clear bin full of cardboard. That defeats the purpose.
- Remember to defrost your refrigerator. Do this at least one day before moving. Be sure to wipe up any liquid.
- Be careful with heavy boxes. Make sure all boxes weigh less than 50 pounds. If you’re unsure of a box’s weight, give it a test lift or use lifting straps to redistribute the load. (If you have a brother, make him carry all the heavy stuff.)
- The night before moving day, pack an overnight bag with all your essentials.
- Be sure to transition phone, internet, cable, and security services to your new residence to avoid any interruptions.
On Moving Day
- Rent the right equipment. Save back strain and get help to move larger, heavier pieces. A dolly or two will save you from carrying boxes too far. Heavier boxes can be stacked and moved more easily.
- Make sure everyone stays hydrated! If you’ve already turned the water off at the house, buy some bottled water beforehand.
- Load your truck correctly. Put the heaviest items at the front and tie down anything that might move around. If you stack boxes in the truck, put the heavy ones on the bottom.
- Have a plan for children and pets. If you can, arrange for childcare for kids and have someone watch your pets.
- Pace yourself. Go slow and take plenty of breaks.
- Wear protective clothing, and make sure it’s comfortable and protective. No open-toed sandals or flip-flops, supportive footwear is best.
- One of the first things you should do once you’re in your new home is to protect it. Change the locks and get a home security system. Ensure your new home has water sensors under all sinks, and the washing machine has a monitored water shut off. This can save you a lot of money and headaches if there’s ever a water leak and you’re away from home.
- After unpacking, get organized and prioritize what’s next. If you’re re-decorating, outline the order in which you’ll be embarking on those projects, preferably room by room.
- Don’t place empty boxes out front. They show you’ve just moved in, and new electronics boxes tell thieves just what you’ve got inside. Break down all boxes and store them out of sight until you can recycle them.