Moving On and Moving Out into Your New Home

Yesterday, we talked about how to move on when your bid on a home for sale falls through. Today, we’re looking at what to do after a successful bid. Celebrate, right? Well, yes, but like all major life transitions, being a new homeowner is sweet, but also bittersweet. You may be excited about leaving behind your days as a renter, including ugly paint jobs and calling your landlord to come fix that leaky plumbing again (of course, now you are the one responsible for repairs – hooray!), but for others, you may be leaving behind a cherished home, city, or even state.

Emotionally Prepare to Move

Saying goodbye can be difficult as well as totally stressful. But here are some ways you can make your transition to a new home a bit easier.

As a totally sentimental person, I relate to those of you who may feel some loss during moving time, even if you’re moving to a home you’re excited about. Change can be rough, but remember that you will adjust - leave space to process whatever things you are feeling: sadness about leaving your current situation, anxiety about moving day, and yes, excitement about your new neighborhood.

When I moved from Southern California back to my home base of the Bay Area, I made a list of the things that had meant a lot to me, and spent the final months seeing and doing many of those meaningful things. You may not have this kind of time to reminisce, but you can always have one last get-together at your home, even on the night before a move (friends are great for helping load moving trucks!).


Sort, Pack, and Load Your Belongings

Okay, now the not-so-sentimental part: preparation. Don’t put it off. Need I say that again? Don’t put it off! The more you have done before moving day, the better. Take the opportunity to take stock of and minimize your belongings. Have a yard sale, or if you’re on a time crunch, donate many of your good condition items that you don’t need at your new place. Don’t overdo it either, and make sure you have enough essentials for your new place. Once you have your belongings whittled down to what you’re going to take with you, it’s time to get ready to pack!

When packing and moving, you have a few different options:

·         Do-it-Yourself: pack, load, and transport all your belongings. You may still need to rent a truck and purchase insurance for the trip, but this is a great option if you want full control over the process and want to save a little money. Keep in mind that this will take longer, since you and your friends are not professionals, and will be a ton of work, but if you’re not moving a huge distance (over a state line) and have the time, this could be the best option for you.

·         You Pack, They Drive: This is a great option if you have the manpower to load a truck, but need to transport your personal vehicles over a long distance. You will be responsible for loading and unloading all of your belongings. If you don’t need a full truck, many moving companies offer the option of sharing a truck.

·         Full-service Movers: This option is best if you are physically unable to load or unload the moving truck, have a long way to go, or have a LOT of things, especially fragile items. It’s also the most expensive option, but if you research a good company, it could be right for you if you need professionals with moving equipment and experience.

If you’re going to be moving into a new home this year, plan on spending money on packing supplies. Plan on spending a LOT of time and effort properly labeling boxes. Plan on spending time researching moving companies on Yelp or The Better Business Bureau since moving scams are a huge problem.

And finally, plan to enjoy making your new place—whether it’s your first or your fifth—your very own! Next week, we’ll be turning our attention to people who are getting ready to place their home for sale on the real estate market.