10 Tips for a Successful Move

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 20, 2018


You’ve signed on the dotted line, you’ve done your final walkthrough, and everything looks great – you’re new home is ready for you! But are you ready for your new home?

Moving anywhere takes planning and preparation, and when moving into a new home there are a few extra things you’ll want to consider so you can start this new chapter of your life on a good note.
Here are ten things to consider for the big day:

Before the Move

  1. Declutter

If you’ve been in your current home for a while, then it’s likely you’ve accumulated a fair amount of clutter. Be it clothes that no longer fit, old birthday cards, or unwanted furniture, the less you need to take with you, the better.

Start in an area that has lots of stuff, like the kitchen or bedroom. Pick one corner or cabinet and ask yourself, “Is all this absolutely essential to my life?” Start a pile for the yes’s and no’s. Do you really need the extra set of pans from Aunt Shirley? Or that t-shirt from freshman year orientation? Probably not. The more you can donate before your move, the less work you’ll have, and the freer and open your new space will feel.

  1. Make a list

Maybe you’re someone who makes a list for your nightly dental hygiene routine, or maybe you’re the kind that trusts themselves to remember the thirty-two items on the grocery list. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you’re about to embark on a journey with a lot of moving parts. You’ll want to be organized.

Think about each room in your new home and what items and furniture will be going where. A detailed list will help immensely on moving day to keep you in-control when you’re surrounded by boxes. Speaking of which, clearly labeling all your boxes before the move will keep things streamlined and efficient, and make your list all the more effective.

  1. Pack your survival kit

Moving is rarely a quick experience. After a day of hauling and unpacking, you’ll be ready to hit the hay, and the last thing you want to do is unpack every box in the house to find your sheets.

Set yourself up with a box complete with bedding, a dopp kit, and a change of clothes, so when the end of the day comes, all you have to do is relax and enjoy your first night in your new home.

Moving Day

  1. Plan for the little ones

With open doors and your attention fully taken up, you don’t want to be worrying about kids and pets. Find a friend or family member to watch them for the day, so you can focus on the task at hand.

  1. Start big

Before you start decorating and unpacking, get all the big-ticket items in place.

Move couches, beds, and tables first, otherwise you’ll find yourself navigating a labyrinth of cardboard while you’re arms are full of furniture. Before you even get to that point, you may want to consider giving the carpets a vacuum to get any dust or dirt out before the furniture makes it a permanent resident. Also, think about placing heavy-duty building paper along main walkways and hardwood floors to prevent any scratches or scuffs during the move in.

  1. Feed the help

If you’re fortunate enough to have friends and family willing to help you through this process, be sure they know their help is appreciated. Supply the pizza during the day, and treat everyone to some carry-out once the day’s work is finished. You’ll thank yourself when it comes time to return the favor.

  1. Don’t do it all at once

You’ve just left a place that you’d decorated to perfection, and had everything right where you needed it. It’s tempting to try and get the new place set up at once, but resist that urge. Give yourself some time to get to know the space – after all, how you think you’ll use a space may be different from how it actually gets used. Be flexible, and let the design of the home lead your choices.

After the Move

  1. Keep track of the little things

Throughout your first few days, you may notice things you’d like to discuss with your Customer Service Rep at your upcoming 1-month appointment. Having a list at the ready will make that appointment more productive.

Shea’s developed the 1-5-11 approach, meaning we will pre-schedule warranty appointments at one month, five months, and eleven months after closing date to review any concerns and warrantable items.

  • Get to know the neighborhood

Shea communities are bright and lively places to live. Once the moving truck pulls away, introduce yourself to your new neighbors, and see if there are any clubs you’d like to join, like the yoga group at Ambition at Eastmark. There’s no better way to meet new friends.

  1. Plan the party

I know, you’ve only just moved in – isn’t a housewarming party a little ambitious? Truthfully, there’s no better way to avoid the pitfall of the spare room filled with unpacked boxes than by giving yourself a deadline. Send out invitations two to four weeks ahead of time to make yourself accountable, and get working! You’re reward will be a fun night with friends in your new home. Congratulations!

Moving should be a fun and exciting process, so if you plan ahead, there is no need to stress! Our amazing Community Representatives will be with you every step of the way on your journey to stop dreaming and start Living the Difference!

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