The pandemic has changed housing needs and the desire for private green space. Families with parents working remotely and children studying online need more office & learning space, work-out areas, and soundproof walls. The house that might have been vacant for 8 hours a day is now in use 24/7. Multigenerational homes are increasingly popular, and even many retirees are upsizing. If you’re moving up, here are some tips to make things easier:
You may be gaining square footage, but who wants to take unwanted items into a beautiful new home? Also, why pay to move something you will never use anyway. Now is the time to trash, donate, or sell what you no longer need. If you’re strapped for time, consider hiring a professional move manager.
For a stress-free move, plan ahead. Purchase good boxes, tape, paper, and other supplies and start now. Good labeling prevents chaos later. A box marked “kitchen” isn’t going to help you find the coffee maker.
You’ll need more furniture, household items, and possibly outdoor equipment for the larger house. Don’t over-buy and waste money. Take the time to devise a plan of where your current items will go and what spaces need attention. A professional organizer can be a great help.
It’s hard enough managing one home. If work is required in the new home before move-in day, there will be vendors to meet and supervise. Think about who you can ask to help.
Make a list of the new items. For example, are you acquiring a pool? What about lawn care? Will you need a treadmill assembled? You don’t want to be scrambling to find services at the last minute.
You want your moving day to go smoothly, and with proper planning, it will be successful. A larger house means a higher chance of placement errors by the moving crew if the points of entry aren’t closely monitored. You don’t want the piano placed on the wrong floor. Enlist help. You need a team of trusted family members or friends.
With more bathrooms, you’ll need new towels. Extra bedrooms require mattress shopping. That pool table you’ve always wanted may fit perfectly in the larger rec room. Consider having a personal assistant lighten your load.