Selling your “old” home and buying a “new” home can be an exciting but scary journey. Depending on how long you have lived in your current place, leaving and moving somewhere new can be an emotional process. You have probably created many memories in your home—family holidays, bringing home a baby, or maybe it’s the first home you ever bought, which of course, is a fond memory in and of itself!

Whether you are moving across the country or across town, stresses can pile up, leaving you panicked and rushed, when it reality, you can make the entire moving process an adventure for your family. We know how many questions and concerns people have while preparing to sell their home and make a big move, which is why real estate agent Rose Depoe is here to help make the entire process fun and easy! Our philosophy is simple: our clients come first. We offer our professional services in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

If you are curious about how to prepare for making a big move, we’ve come up with a list of tips and tricks that will make the whole process a lot more manageable for you and your family.

Give yourself plenty of time to pack.

Allowing yourself too little time to pack is the absolute worst thing you can do when preparing for a move. You may look around your home and think, “We don’t have that much to pack. Plus, the whole family will be here to help!” Those are the number one and two most common misconceptions about packing. Once you begin to pack up your home, you suddenly realize that you have way more belongings than you anticipated. You open drawers that are packed full of paperwork. You look at the top shelf in the closet that is stacked high with boxes. You get into the bathroom cabinets and find empty bottles of shampoo and crusty bottles of toothpaste. Too often people look around their home and only consider the things that are immediately visible without thinking about all the goodies that are stored out of sight. The other mistake people frequently make it counting on the help of others. By no means are we implying that your friends and family members are unreliable, we simply understand that when life happens, things that are out of our control can pop up from time to time. When you decide to start packing—we recommend starting at least one month out—don’t plan around your friends’ schedules. Create your own plan of action, invite your loved ones to help out and enjoy the pleasant surprise when they are able to show up.

Out with the old!

When you start packing, we guarantee you are going to be surprised by all of the clothes and other belongings you find that you completely forgot you owned. Unless you are absolutely certain you will wear that pair of 1980’s white-leather fringe boots again, get rid of ‘em. If you forgot these things even existed, chances are the same thing is going to happen when you move into your new home. We understand that getting getting rid of old belongings isn’t as easy as it seems, especially if you have memories attached to those items. If this is the case, try to think about the fact that your memories are in your head and not in the pair of boots you were wearing when you first met your spouse. You will always have those memories, even when you decide to retire those fabulous boots. Getting rid of or donating your forgotten goods will also lighten your load when you pack and move, which may be the biggest benefit of all!

Label your boxes.

If you have already started taking things off the shelves and slowly packing them away, don’t forget to label your boxes! When you label your boxes, moving them into your new home is a lot simpler because you already know which room each container belongs in. This avoids the dreaded mountain of boxes that are all stashed in a single room because you have no idea where they belong. This leads to a plethora of issues when you start unpacking, as you will have to open multiple boxes at once and move things several times until everything is situated. Truly, what happens when you want to cook dinner over the weekend and your box of kitchen appliances is hidden underneath your boxes of knick-knacks, pictures, clothes and shoes? Do yourself a favor and label your boxes—it will save you time and prevent headaches when you get to your new spot.

Choose your moving company or vehicle.

If you are planning on hiring a professional moving company to help you transport your things, make sure to arrange plans with a company several weeks before your move. If you wait until the week of, you run the risk of that company being fully booked up and unavailable for several weeks. Also make sure to do your research before you hire a team of movers. Read reviews, call around and ask for recommendations from friends. You want a reliable and trustworthy company that will be fast and careful when loading and unloading your belongings.

If, on the other hand, you are planning to move everything on your own (with family and friends, we hope) you still need to think ahead. Are you going to use your personal vehicle to move everything? Is that vehicle in good shape to carry a heavy load? Or are you going to rent a truck and move everything that way? In all cases, you need to research and come up with a plan ahead of time. Call your mechanic to schedule a tune-up or reserve your moving truck several weeks ahead of time. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”

Organize your files and records.

If you are moving to a different state, or far enough away that you need to change schools, doctors, etc, make sure you get all of your records in order before you start packing. The last thing you want is to schedule a doctor’s appointment or enroll your kids in school and not be able to find the paperwork you need. Keep your important documents separate and organized so that they are easily accessible when you need them. The same goes for other things like medication. Make a smaller box with valuable and important items and label the box appropriately, or keep it separate from the other boxes you pack. You will save yourself the nightmare of having to go through boxes and boxes of belongings to find the one thing you are looking for. Set yourself up for success!

Do your research, and then do your research again.

When it comes to moving, you really cannot be “too prepared.” We’re assuming that you have already learned all the details about the new city/area you are moving to, but just in case you haven’t, now’s the time. Research local doctor’s offices, school, movie theaters, popular places to dine. All of this information will come in handy after your move and will give you peace of mind knowing that your new homeland isn’t completely foreign. For example, if you want to take your family out to dinner after you’re finally into your new home, you’ll know exactly where to go!

If you live in or are interested in moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, contact professional realtor Rose Depoe to help make the move a fun, new adventure for your family! With a simple change of mindset, you will shed 98 percent of the stresses that would otherwise come with a big move, and Rose will be by your side through the entire process. We look forward to speaking with you soon—give us a call today!