We know how difficult and stressful it is to try to pack up your entire house and move to a new one. And being part of the military, you get used to moving a lot. Here's some pointers on how to keep the stress level down during the whole process.
Pack Up the Kitchen First
The kitchen will always take the longest to pack up. Trying to figure out how to organize those oddly-shaped appliances into boxes takes time. When packing the kitchen, start with the things you don't use very often and hold off on what you use daily. You can also take all of your extra cleaning supplies and donate them. Many non-profits appreciate donations on things they use daily.
Use A Moving Checklist
Lists help you focus and keep track of the moving process. You can create one yourself before you move, or you can use the one we've created for you that's part of our FREE Landlord Resource Kit.
Once You're Moved In, Unpack the Bedroom First
When you finally arrive at your new place, the first thing on your mind probably will be "Sleep!" By unpacking your bedroom, you'll have all the blankets and pillows you need, as well as clothes to change into the next morning.
As You Unpack, Create a "Donate" Pile
Trying to go through everything you own before you move to decide what you want to donate is difficult. There are too many other things to worry about. Once you get to the new house, you'll (hopefully) be stress-free. And now that the move is complete, you'll have the time and focus to go through everything as you un-box, deciding what to keep and what to donate.
Trust a Reliable Property Manager with Your Current House
If you own a home, you'll need plans about what to do with it once you leave. Renting is a great option that lets you continue to gain equity in the home and possibly some extra monthly income. To make it even easier, you should hire a quality property manager to take care of the entire renting process for you. They can handle advertising your property and finding a tenant, as well as rent collection and maintenance coordination. Moving shouldn't be stressful, and neither should renting your home.