6 Moving Tips

Moving to a new city can be an exciting yet scary experience. Whether you're relocating for work, looking for a different quality of life, or simply finding a fresh start, Northeast Wisconsin offers many welcoming cities, villages, and communties for families, young professionals, and retirees of all ages.. At Dallaire Realty, we are dedicated to making your move as smooth as possible! In this blog, we’ll share all the essential moving tips and explore why Northeast Wisconsin is such an amazing place to call home!

Moving Tips for Wisconsin

Moving Tips

1. Planning Ahead is Key

Start Early: Whether you're looking for a fresh start, wanting to relocate near family, or moving for a new work opportunity - it's important to start your search early. Begin your search a few months in advance in order to give yourself ample time to organize and avoid last-minute stress. Each individual will weigh a variety of different factors out. For example, if you're a young professional looking to move to a larger city with more opportunities for employment, it's important to research not only employers, but also communties near the place of work, in order to make for a smooth daily commute. 

When contemplating a move, it's important to start early and get a head start on some of the larger decisions.

Create a Moving Checklist: Outline all the steps you need to complete before, during, and after a move. This might include finding a moving company, packing, transferring utilities, and updating your address. Once you're organized, the packing and moving will fall right into place. It's important to note that moving is a great time to declutter and free up any unwanted or unneeded items around the house. Whether you reduce your clutter or donate items, it will make for an easier move.

Budget Wisely: Moving may come with a few more expenses than thought out. Be sure to create a budget that includes all potential expenses such as hiring movers, travel costs if a trailer or moving truck is needed, and any fees associated with your new home. Whether you're a retiree looking to downsize to a condo or apartment, or a family interested in moving to a new community, there are expenses that can add up if you are not aware and prepared.

2. Declutter Your Current House

Declutter: Moving can be the perfect time to reflect on what you own, and what you can live without. Take your upcoming move as an opportunity to sort through your closet, kitchen items, larger furniture, as well as anything in your junk drawer - you know you have unneeded items laying around! Go through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or throw away. In the end - this will reduce the amount of stuff you need to pack and move.

Sell Unwanted Items: Consider selling items you no longer want or need. This can help offset some of the moving costs - with less items needed to be packaged and shipped out. Consider selling furniture, clothes, and even kitchen or bathroom items through Facebook Marketplace. Either choose for individuals to pick up your items for purchase, list them for free, offer to meet in a public place, or drop off at their doorstep. By recycling your items, you are moving less to your new home and adding funds for new decor and furnishings.

3. Pack Smart

Package Supplies: Once you're ready for the big move - it's time to purchase the moving boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap for fragile items. Make a strategy and package similar items by room. For example, while packing up your kitchen consider putting your dishes and cups in one box for an easy unloading later.

Label Boxes: Once you're boxes are packed up, make sure to clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will make unpacking much more manageable and doable. When unloading the boxes into your new home, you can easily place which box goes in which room. Labeling boxes will make for an organized day of moving.

Pack Smart: Use smaller boxes for heavier items like books or dishes and larger boxes for lighter items like decor and clothes. This will make it easier to lift and move the boxes, whether you're personally moving the boxes or for the benefit of the movers.

4. Hire a Moving Company

Research Companies: Once you've planned the big move to your next dream house, look for credible moving companies with good reviews and reasonable rates. This will make for an easier move and lighter load for you and your family.

Book Your Move Early: Movers can be in high demand, especially during peak moving seasons during the warmer months. So be sure to book your movers well in advance to secure your preferred date!

5. Notify All Entities

Change of Address: Update your address with your current local post office, as well as your banks, credit card companies, and any other relevant institutions that utilize your current address. This will ensure you are set up for your next home.

Transfer Utilities: Don't forget your water and electric companies. Arrange for current house utilities such as electricity, gas, water, and internet to be transferred to your new home.

6. Prepare for the Big Move

Pack a Bag: Include items you’ll need immediately upon arrival at your new home, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, and basic kitchen supplies.

Stay Organized: Keep important documents, house keys, and your moving checklist. Staying organized will help reduce stress and ensure nothing is forgotten on your big move in day!

Moving to a new home is a big step, but with well thought out planning and the right support, it can be a smooth and flawless experience. At Dallaire Realty, we are committed to helping you find the perfect home in Northeast Wisconsin. Whether you’re drawn to the city life of Green Bay, the history of Appleton, or the family-friendly communities of Neenah and Oshkosh, Northeast Wisconsin has something to offer all ages.

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