Once I have completed and processed any homes for sale in Oakland, CA I realize that the thought of moving can make the buyers anxious about the issues revolving around the actual move itself.  In Part 1, I will suggest some tips to assist you in the actual packing preparation.  In Part 2, we will talk about the family and pet preparations.

To pack and move in a way to protect all your goods, and save time and money in moving costs, take the following steps:

1. Make a Floor Plan: Your first step, before packing, is to make a floor plan of your new home.  On this floor plan, map out each room.  Actually measure out the room to decide what furniture will go where, and whether it will fit as you hoped.  Many new homeowners are surprised that their new space is smaller than their old in different rooms, and you don't want to be disappointed that you can't fit all that you hoped into your new bedroom.

2. Color Code Each Room On Your Floor Plan: So you can know quickly what boxes and furniture are to go into each room as you arrive at your new home, tie a color coded tag onto the furniture for each separate room, and put a color coded tag on the outside of each labelled box.  This will save you money in your move, because the movers will not have to wait at the door each time to see where things need to be placed. Give multiple copies of this floor plan to the movers and family members so that everyone is literally on the same page! 

3. Give Yourself Lots of Cushion:  Don't skimp on packing breakable items, whether dishes or special family mementos.  Using non-printed newsprint and tough professional boxes (gotten at most truck rental offices), wrap generously. It can be difficult to lose a favorite family item, so take your time.  Use placemats, blankets and pillowcases as extra cushioning on larger items, instead of packing them separately.  Using the same thinking, put heavier items in small throw rugs. 

4. Spend The Weeks Preceding the Move Grouping Your Items: Have all family members start grouping their personal items.  It can be done on paper, to start.  The first group would include items that must go, and are no longer wanted or needed.  The next would be those that must stay, and will go on to the new home.  Another group would be those that might be sold at a potential garage sale or consignment center.  This latter group will probably grow as the weeks wear on, and packing becomes busier! 

The key to a smoother move is to plan well ahead, so that you are not rushed at the last minute.  Be sure to ask you mover for any and all tips that they have regarding your specific move, when you meet with them to set up the move. 

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