• Kristina Browning

How to Move Efficiently + Who can Help me?

Updated: Mar 24

I understand moving can be stressful. Suddenly there are a million questions swirling: How to find a real estate agent to buy a home? How to find a realtor to buy and then how to find a realtor to sell? Next comes the transaction and then how do I move quickly and efficiently and who can help me?! I'm so glad you visited my website. Let's talk about that last bit.


60-30 days out: More moves take place during the summer than any other season so make sure you reserve your pods, truck or moving team way in advance. Opting for a middle of the month move increases your likelihood of finding availability since most leases start on the first of the month. You may also be able to save a bit by opting for a non-peak time.


MOVING HELP--->

Priority Moving // Nathan - 503-933-8664

Super Movers PDX // Scott Thomas - 503-985-8070

Ace One Movers // Joe Caruso - 503-318-1574 - a truck + an extra guy

Portland Ready Movers // 503-953-6537 - call or text

Fat Boys // Frank Clore // they do all kinds of jobs including moving heavy items 971-322-9695


30 days out; Purge and dust before packing. Making three piles; Upcycle, Sell, Landfill will make your packing go much quicker and dusting lamps and other larger items will make your unpacking far more pleasant. Start with one room at a time and tackle the house in bite sized portions so you don't get overwhelmed. Make a deal with yourself: "I am going to go through just the area under my sink before I settle in for the night."


3 weeks out: When you are ready to pack, first address the items in the attic or basement where least-used items are stored. Holiday decorations and rakes won't be missed if they spend a few weeks packed.


2 weeks out: Pack a suitcase for your actual week of moving so that everything you really need is always at hand without panic. This includes toothbrush, hair brush etc...just as if you are traveling. Pack another small box of cleaning supplies, box cutters and tape, toilet paper- stuff you must have up until the last moment AND INCLUDE A SHOWER CURTAIN LINER, soap and shampoo IN THIS BOX. This will be the one thing you need at your new home to shower the first morning, unless there is a glass surround shower. Relocating can be especially stressful for children so have them fill their own suitcase with just their favorite pajamas, toys and books that won't leave them until they are settled into their new space.


1 week out: Notify your water, sewer, electric, cable, garbage companies that you are moving along with your new address. Complete a change of address with the United States Postal Service by clicking here. It will ask you what date your move will be effective so you can do this in advance! Call friends and family to see if anyone can help you muscle the big items into the truck. Pack with unloading in mind! Write the contents or room on the side of a box instead of the top so it can be easily identified...boxes get stacked! Use towels and washcloths to wrap your dishes and cut back on waste. Load a pickup or moving truck in this order: furniture other than beds, boxes heaviest to lightest, kitchen items, mattresses and bed rails. That way the first thing out is a place to sleep and items to eat with. Put plates, silverware, one everyday use pan and large spoon, hand soap, a roll of paper towels and a few glasses into one box and label it "FIRST OUT KITCHEN" so you know you can have a full meal just with the items in that box..even if it is take-out or boxed mac and cheese. Keep a small toolbox (or gallon ziplock) with hammer, screwdriver, etc on hand as you will need these things a million times in the next 48 hours. Put plants into your car or truck last so they can come out first without getting dumped over and broken.



Move-in Day: Purge and dust before packing. Making three piles; Upcycle, Sell, Landfill will make your packing go much quicker and dusting lamps and other larger items will make your unpacking far more pleasant. Start with one room at a time and tackle the house in bite-sized portions so you don't get overwhelmed. Make a deal with yourself: "I am going to go through just the area under my sink before I settle in for the night."your new home to shower the first morning unless there is a glass surround shower. Relocating can be especially stressful for children so have them fill their own suitcase with just their favorite pajamas, toys, and books that won't leave them until they are settled into their new space..e.ce..esses and bed rails. That way the first thing out is a place to sleep and items to eat with. Put plates, silverware, one everyday use pan and a large spoon, hand soap, a roll of paper towels and a few glasses into one box and label it "FIRST OUT KITCHEN" so you know you can have a full meal just with the items in that box..even if it is take-out or boxed mac and cheese. Keep a small toolbox (or gallon ziplock) with a hammer, screwdriver, etc on hand as you will need these things a million times in the next 48 hours. Put plants into your car or truck last so they can come out first without getting dumped over and broken.n.


Kristina Browning is a realtor in Oregon City, West Linn & beyond. She is licensed in the state of Oregon under 503 Properties with a Sellers Representative Specialist certification. She is a home stylist focused on spatial reasoning and home functionality.


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