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Greater Hinsdale area Moving Tips

Let's face it; moving day is no picnic! Packing and moving is never easy, whether you're moving to the other side of town or across the country. Use this essential checklist to help make your move to Greater Hinsdale area as seamless and stress-free as possible!

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Before You Move

Don't wait until the last minute! Start packing and planning as soon as possible to alleviate some of the stress.

Organize and declutter:

Start one room at a time and begin to organize and declutter. Set aside anything that can be donated, sold, or thrown away. The less stuff you have, the less you'll have to pack!

Lighten the load:

Host a yard sale to get rid of any unwanted clothing, furniture, or decor. You can also consider donating any shoes or clothing that are in good condition.

Change your address:

It usually takes a few weeks for the post office to process your change of address and start forwarding your mail, so request it at least two weeks before the move.

Choose the right moving company:. The right choice for the right mover is key. Moving companies vary greatly in cost,

The right choice for the right mover is key. Moving companies vary greatly in cost, personnel, and style. Do not choose a mover by price alone. The best tip is to contact us for a referral and we'll match the right mover to you.

Call the police. Many local police departments in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills and Western Springs will offer "vacation watch" where they keep an eye on your vacant house while you're away. Or, in this case, before you move in.

Utilities. Get them set up (including Comcast) before you move in. it will ease the burden of the transition. My team keeps comprehensive lists of the utilities for all of the towns in and around Hinsdale. ComEd has a service where it will text you in the event of  a power outage. That's way better than arriving home to a basement full of water due to a sump pump failure.

Change your locks. You don't know to whom the previous owner gave keys

Yard service. If it's winter, get snow service set up in advance. If it's summer, get your lawn care established

Get a standby generator. The utility lines in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills and Western Springs are overhead, not underground. As such, they're susceptible to storm damage. See where I'm going with this? Contact us and we'll put you in contact with a reputable electrician.

Handy Packing Tips

  • Reinforce: Use sturdy, reinforced boxes. And don't be afraid to get friendly with bubble wrap and other packing material for fragile items.
  • Innovate: Pack dishes, bowls, plates, and other glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked. For extra padding, pack glasses and stemware inside socks.
  • Pack small: Pack heavier items in smaller boxes so they're easier to carry.
  • Prevent leaks: Remove the tops and cover the openings of soaps, shampoos, and lotions with cling wrap, then twist the caps back on. You can also use cling wrap around dresser drawers or jewelry displays to keep them intact, or around furniture to prevent scratches.
  • Prepare: Create an "Open Me First" box containing personal items that you will need immediately, such as toilet paper, soap, instant coffee, tools and box cutters, and paper dishes. Make sure it's one of the first things off the moving truck.
  • Label, label, label! There's nothing worse than trying to unpack a disorganized mess! Make the transition to your new home seamless by carefully organizing and labeling boxes by room so you'll know just where to put them in your new house. (Even better—color code!)

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On Moving Day

It's not just the packing that's overwhelming—moving day itself can be very stressful if you're not prepared. Here are some tips for a low-stress moving day.

Keep important info:

Don't pack your most important essentials and emergency prep items—like first aid supplies, medication, financial records, medical records, IDs, and other important documentation or high-value items. Always keep them with you.

Keep an overnight bag:

If you make it home before the moving truck, make sure you're prepared with things like a change of clothes, your toiletries, and a phone charger.

Have phone numbers handy:

Keep your moving foreman's content information with you in case you need to contact your movers for any reason. It's also handy to have your Bill of Loading and shipment registration number with you.

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After You Move

Clean first:

It's much easier to deep-clean your bathrooms and kitchen before they're loaded down with all your stuff (or before you're too tired to clean!). Clean first, unpack second.

Unpack by room:

Make the seemingly endless process smaller by breaking it down into several smaller projects, and do them in order of importance.

Enjoy your new home!

Don't forget to smile… Your new life in your new place just began. Welcome home.

Still Have Questions or Ready to Buy a Home in Greater Hinsdale area?

If you're ready to find the perfect home in Greater Hinsdale area or you have any questions about buying a home or real estate in Greater Hinsdale area, then it's time to contact The Bryan Bomba Group. We're your local guide to all things Greater Hinsdale area and we're more than happy to help! Want to learn more about buying a home in Greater Hinsdale area? We've got plenty of resources to help you out!

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