Moving to Erie?
We know moving is no picnic; we won't try and tell you otherwise. But we also know that when you're prepared, it can be a pretty smooth process.
Here's what to do to make your relocation to Erie, PA as easy and stress-free as possible.
1. Don't procrastinate.
The longer you wait, the more you'll find yourself trying to squeeze everything into one day. Waiting means less time and more stress. It also typically means less time for getting and staying organized... which often leads to an even bigger headache when you're trying to unpack!
2. Lighten the Load
Don't waste time packing stuff you haven't used in years! Host a yard sale or donate clothes, toys, dishes, or furniture that's been cluttering up your closets, attic, or basement. Every thing you get rid of is one fewer thing to pack!
3. Pack room by room.
One of the keys to a headache-free move is staying organized. And a great way to stay organized is to pack your boxes by room. Start packing one room, using different boxes for different parts of the room. Don't mix items from other rooms together.
4. Label everything.
You just spent time neatly packing all your items from one room into specific boxes; don't let that hard work go to waste by forgetting to label! Make note of the room where the box goes and the section or type of objects in the box (i.e.: Kitchen, dishes).
5. Pack with caution.
Breakables and spillables can be a headache all on their own if they're not packed right. But you don't have to invest in tons of bubble wrap or traveling containers. Use clothes or towels to pack breakables, like dishes. Socks are great for glasses and stemware! For toiletries, cover the openings with plastic wrap, then put the tops back on to keep them from leaking. Plates can also be packed vertically, rather than stacked, so they're less likely to break.
6. Create an "Open Me First" box.
Pack all the things you will need first—box cutter or scissors, trash bags, utensils and plates, power strips, toilet paper, tools, cleaning supplies, etc.—so they're handy when you need them.
7. Bring an overnight bag.
Even if you're not using a moving truck or stopping at a hotel, moving is tiring. You may reach your new house and be too tired to unpack and look for a change of clothes or a toothbrush. Pack an overnight bag of personal items so you don't have to bother searching through boxes to find the essentials.
8. Hire movers if you've got lots of heavy furniture or breakable items.
It may be tempting to save on the expense and try and move everything out yourself, but it could end up being way more of a hassle than it's worth if you're moving a lot of heavy furniture or breakable valuable items. Movers are used to hauling heavy or damageable things and they typically have equipment (like dollies) to help them get the job done.
9. Clean first, unpack second.
It's a lot easier to clean an empty house than a house full of stuff! If you can get to your new home before any boxes arrive, that's even better. But if you can't, just make sure you give your home a thorough cleaning before you start unpacking, even if it means waiting until the next day to get started.
10. Enjoy your new home!
Take a moment to breathe, smile, and enjoy. Welcome to your new home!
Relocating to Erie? Let Us Help!
If you're thinking of relocating to or buying a home in Erie, PA, we want to help! Contact Marsha Marsh Real Estate Services today to learn more about how we can help you—from showing you around the area and its charming neighborhoods to finding the perfect home in just the right location.