The Lazy Persons’ Guide To Moving Into A New Office

The prospect of moving to a new place, a new neighborhood is almost the same as bungee jumping from an aircraft. Yes, the emotions are mixed. This holds more truth if you’re a lazy person who would want nothing more than just laze all day on that couch which needs to be cleaned and made ready to move, by the way.

Yes, your life IS difficult. And yes, you’re one of those last minute guys.

Chill out. We won’t do the moving for you, but we can certainly walk you through it; actually, cakewalk you through it. All thanks to our precious guide, you can ace the packing and moving in seven days flat!

Note of caution: some physical moving will be required. Oh come on, it’s about time.

Day 1: Be the man with a plan

Just sit there with your laptop, MacBook, smartphone or whatever you’re into, and start. Make a list- one that covers everything right from setting up the new forwarding address to utilities to packing supplies to deciding how to compartmentalize the packing. Yes it’s time consuming, but hey, it’s not that exhausting. Plus, it’ll work wonders in simplifying the rest of the move.

Day 2: Truck it out

You just cannot move everything on your own. Hire a local truck for the purpose. It’s faster and you have maximum control on things. Availability and pricing is of absolute importance. So we suggest you hire a truck the day you realize you have to move, but because you’re the lazy one, you can call them on Day 2. It’ll be more helpful if you decide to make the move on a weekday. Shop online, check reviews, call the friends and ask them to put you through a good company. In addition to everything else, make sure the trucking company gives you insurance. You can’t do anything these days without insurance. Oh and negotiate, always.

Day 3: Segregate

Divide your things into EXACTLY two things, the ones you need and the trash. That’s it; no maybes, no in-betweens. How do you decide if you really need something? Well, it’s simple; if you haven’t used it in over a year, you won’t use it again. This will cut down your packing task by a great margin, and make everything way too easier.

Day 4: More segregation

Don’t crib. Now that the first stage of the segregation is done, move further. Separate things according to their rooms, so that you can unpack them accordingly, as opposed to having to go through a treasure hunt of sorts later.

Day 5: Boxing day

When you have everything separated as per its respective room or purpose, boxing it up is amazingly easy. Just be careful with the fragile things. Whether it’s domestic or office moving, label all boxes as fragile; contents irrespective, if you want to keep them from damage. Yes, it may make you look like a mad scientist, but that’s okay. As you’re proceeding with this, bring out that checklist you made on Day 1, and cross-check. This will help you know instantly what is exactly where.

Day 6: Team Beta

You may be taking some silent satisfaction in playing one man army. However, honestly, in a moment like this no help is too much. Gather the family, the friends and anyone who’s willing to help. Delegate each one a specific task, if you will. One party handles the fragile, another carries the books, another all the electronics, while another ensures the new office is clean and ready, and also oversees the pizza delivery. Well, you get our point.

Day 7: Move!

Finally! Everything is boxed up and ready. The truck is here. The teams have taken position. Now, to the new office! Yes, this is an emotional moment. But, you’ve said your farewell. Kiss that old floor and door goodbye. Hop into the truck, crank up the radio and drive away.

What next?

Whether your new office is a few hours or days away, the one thing you should do the moment you enter is put the boxes in their designated rooms. What next? Easy. Now just sit back and enjoy the pizza! You’ve done very well so far, let’s leave the rest for another day.

 

 

Shruti Vaghe, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger. She likes to bake and read in her spare time.You can also follow her on twitter @ShrutiVaghe.

5 Things to Do Before You Move

You definitely don’t want to forget something during a move. WomentoWomen.com reports chronic stress can change the hippocampus in your brain and affect memory, and moving is definitely stressful. Whether you move across town or across the country, consider five things you don’t want to forget as you move:

Transfer Medical Records

After you catch the flu or while your pet has a seizure, is not the best time to realize that you’ve never transferred medical records. At least a month before the move, choose a new primary care physician, pediatrician, dentist, OB/GYN, and veterinarian. The Medical Board of California advises patients to ask their new doctor to request all previous records.

You won’t have control over how fast your previous doctor sends the records, but you typically won’t pay for records transferred among doctors. After transferring records, remember to write down your new doctor’s address and phone number and share relevant information with your babysitter, school and others who provide care for your family.

Dig Up Plants

Leaving behind the flowers your kids gave you for Mother’s Day is heartbreaking, so take them with you. If possible, follow University of Vermont’s guidelines, and wait until your flowers are finished blooming. Then, snip off the leaves, and dig up the plants. Ideally, perennials can be planted immediately in your new home. For best bulb results, replant daffodil bulbs within three weeks. Wrap tulips, irises and dahlia in a paper bag, and store them in a cool place before planting irises and tulips between July and October and dahlias in the spring.

Turn Over Home Accessories

How many friends, neighbors and family members have a spare key to your old home? The new homeowners may change the locks, but you’ll still feel more peaceful if you gather all those spare keys. Remember to turn over the garage door opener, too, and any keys to outbuildings, sheds or interior doors. These items are important features of your old home, and the new owners will want them. Trash old, decrepit coat hangers, fans, lamps and other eye sores. You can always find these items when you get to where you’re going. There are places like Interior-Deluxe.com where you can purchase modern light fixtures and have them shipped to your home.

Visit Local Businesses

Don’t forget to visit your dry cleaner and pick up your laundry before you move. While you’re in town, return books and videos to the library or your kid’s school, and cancel your newspaper subscription.

You’ll also want to change your address at the post office and arrange for mail forwarding. You face a huge library fine if you forget to return library books, but your identity is in jeopardy if the new owners of your home misuse utility bills or credit card offers with your personal info printed on them. You don’t need that hassle, so learn facts about identity theft, and take action to protect yourself before your move.

Gather Contacts

You may have a photographic memory and never need to look up a friend’s phone number, but as chronic stress affects your memory as you move, it can also make you forget things such as names, phone numbers and emails. Store all those contacts in a folder in your phone or on paper. Then, when you need to call a former neighbor or catch up with a yoga friend, you already have the number, and can stay connected after you move.

Your Move to a New Home Is an Opportunity to Jump-Start Your Life

No one particularly likes moving. Packing up everything you own and moving it into another home can be daunting and exhausting. Instead of looking at your impending move as a gigantic chore, consider it an opportunity to refresh, rejuvenate and re-energize your life. This is your chance to start new, shed old items and problems and become the person you want to be.

Commit to a Clutter-Free Home

Take a realistic approach to this step, and try to become organized without being obsessively orderly. According to the Happiness Project, this can be a difficult balance to strike, but it can be done. Once moved in, put a stop to junk mail by filing a temporary change of address with the U.S. Post Office, rather than a permanent change of address. Because numerous marketing companies don’t use any address validation solutions, exorbitant amounts of unsolicited mail is sent to the wrong recipients. Less junk mail in your new home is a good first step to becoming clutter-free and organized.

Get by on Much Less

Moving is a chance to evaluate what items you own are necessary and which ones you can live without. Look at every item you don’t use on a regular basis with a critical eye. It can be difficult to get rid of items, and you may try to make excuses as to why you need to keep something. Take a step back, think about it honestly, and make the decision to get rid of anything unnecessary—it will make your move much easier.

Get a Different Perspective

Look at it this way: This your chance to be who you want to be. Give yourself permission to be happy and positive about your new life. Your attitude makes all the difference in the world.

Make Over Your Wardrobe

Real estate agent Sandra Hughes recommends you find a local charity to donate your unwanted clothing and household goods to or sell these items in a garage sale. Then treat yourself to a new wardrobe after your move—you’ll get a new look to match your new perspective. You’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into your move; reward yourself!

Throw a Packing Party

Invite your best friends and family members over to help pack up your home. Provide snacks, drinks and pizza and get to work think of it as a little party that helps you get out with the old and in with the new. This can be both an exciting and nostalgic time, if you focus on happy memories and the new ones you’ll make in your new home.

Whether you are starting over in a new city and state, or you’re simply moving to another part of town, take this opportunity by the reigns. Own it, take control of your attitude and approach your move as a fresh start and new chapter in the storybook of your life. With this attitude, when you look around at all the unpacked boxes in your new home, you won’t feel overwhelmed or filled with panic—you’ll be excited and ready to dive head first into your new life.

 

Jessica Allan

Jessica is a broker and freelance writer for several real estate and finance blogs.