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.

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During the busyness of regular life, we don’t always have time to stop for extended conversations with our neighbors. Through the holidays however, what could be more neighborly than making an extra effort to connect. Here are four ideas to give you easy opportunities to get to know your block a little better. (Disclaimer: Some of these are easy and quick and others take a little time, so pick and choose what works best for you.)

Bake Some Treats

Who doesn’t love a delicious homemade cinnamon roll right out of the oven? Even better, who doesn’t love having a warm, delicious, homemade cinnamon roll delivered straight to their doorstep? Treat your neighbors like you dream about being treated by baking up a storm and dropping off some sweet treats. Here’s a great recipe from the Pioneer Woman that makes enough rolls to share:

Warm up your friendship with an adorable hot cocoa kit

Aren’t these kits so fun? A quick trip to the grocery story and craft store will have you ready to share some yummy cocoa and mix-ins with your neighborhood. Drop them at doorsteps with a cheery note or better yet, invite neighbors over for a cup of cocoa and send them home with a kit to make another cup at home later. Step by step instructions for making these kits can be found at
Hot Cocoa

Start a Gift Giving Trend

We love this idea for spreading some holiday cheer amongst neighbors! Check out the free printables from and then greet your neighbors with a tasty treat and instructions for passing on the sugary love.
Gift Giving

Go old fashioned and invite someone over for dinner

This is a big one. Having a neighbor over for dinner, especially if you’ve only exchanged quick small talk, can seem like a big step. However, for friendships to grow, someone has to be first to extend the invitation. Take the leap this holiday season and check out these fun ideas to get conversation started:

Looking for a few other ideas for neighborly activities? Check out our Holiday Neighborly Ideas Pinterest Board for these ideas and more!

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Why did you move into a Shea Home and what appealed to you about this home?

We had been searching for a new builder in Gilbert for a while. Our biggest criteria within our budget were at least 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, around 3000 square feet, an open floor plan, decent lot size for a good sized yard, having a room close to the master bedroom as a nursery, energy efficiency and solid warranty and builder reputation. The day we found our Shea home, we had already looked through several models and met with a lot of sales teams over at the Bridges master planned community. We actually thought Marbella Vineyards was a little too far south, but decided to still end our exhausting day there since it was nearby. We were not expecting much since we had already seen so many great homes, but we instantly fell in love with the Excite floor plan and kitchen-centric layout. The modern exterior was also a huge bonus and didn’t look as cookie cutter as a lot of the other houses that we had seen so far. Everything in the house just had so much “WOW” factor and the Shea 3D concept was impressive and allowed for a more customized home.


Describe your homebuying experience with Shea Homes from a business standpoint and from a personal standpoint.

Lynda Moore was who we met with initially, and we really bonded with her and the entire sales staff at Marbella Vineyards (Berry, Paula, Jess, and Suzanne) and really consider all of them our friends. We would stop by every weekend, catch up on college sports and our lives along with the progression of the house. They really made us feel comfortable and took care of us. They would even email us pictures of how the build was going as the house was undergoing construction. Out of every sales team we met, they were by far the best. They knew what we were looking for and always had our best interest at heart.

Mike, our superintendent, was also top-notch. He was laid back, but got things done and went out of his way to help us when needed. He was great at providing updates and fixing issues, and he had a keen eye for quality construction. He was also an integral part in helping us feel more at ease and less stressed with such a large purchase.

Which space(s) do you spend the most time in and why?

The kitchen and great room, the master bedroom and the backyard. The kitchen and great room are incredibly open and perfect spaces for entertaining and relaxing. The master bedroom is a nice retreat for us to also relax, and we love the walk in shower that we added with a rainfall showerhead. The backyard is a good size and the nicest we have ever owned. So, we spend many evenings barbequing and eating on the patio or lounging by our new pool.


How will your new Shea Home accommodate the new changes in your life, such as your new baby?

One of the big reasons we were moving was to anticipate our family growing in size, and this house could definitely fit any new additions. Plus, it has extra space for friends and family visiting and an office space.

What features of your Shea Home stood out to you during the homebuying process?

The modern exterior; limited but good range of choices in options; amazing kitchen and open floor plan; energy efficiency; and quality features and options.

What do you love about the community and area you live in?

We have really awesome neighbors (at least the ones that have moved in and we have met so far)! We love having a corner lot and it’s also a short walk from a HUGE field that is great for walking and outdoor activities. It’s also wonderful to still be in Gilbert but in the Chandler school district at the same time.