Let's make moving less stressful!
Moving can be a great adventure, but the process of moving may just seem like a nightmare. One in five people feel that they would rather have a root canal than spend the day moving, and one in two people would prefer to sit next to a screaming baby ... on an airplane! Relocating is often not "optional" though, so finding ways to make the process less stressful is a must.

A great strategy is to follow the "Rule of Twos."   Create your moving plan two months before moving day, and start your packing two weeks before your move.  Giving yourself eight weeks to plan and execute your move will give you the time to do all that you need to do.

The first step is to make a checklist.  A real one, on paper.  It needs to include reminders to change and/or cancel utility services, schedule cable & internet installation, hire a moving company, update your homeowner's or renter's insurance, and to update your address EVERYWHERE.

Carefully plan what you will be packing and moving.  Think about the floorplan that you are moving into, and don't take items that won't fit (physically or style-wise).  Make sure you label every box as you will NOT remember what you put in the box (maybe not even minutes later, LOL).

You will need an emergency moving bag.   You will want to have easy access to necessities like your medications, toothbrush, and other items that you use daily.   You should pack this bag with everything that you need to survive at least 2 days, maybe 3.  Toiletries, clothing, a towel, toilet paper, and your cell phone charger are great items to have in that life-saving bag!

Reconfirm you moving company reservation two weeks before the move.  Make sure that their expectation and yours are the same on the timing, the volume of belongings to be moved, are they packing or are you, who supplies the packing materials and mattress covers, etc.  The more prepared and organized you are on "the day", the better.  It will decrease your stress level, save you time, and ultimately save you money as well.

Selling your home or buying a new home can be a stressful process.   In my opinion, the move itself is stressful enough, so my goal is always to help reduce the stress of the real estate transaction by explaining what you can expect in the process up front and helping you avoid unpleasant surprises.  Education and planning are the key elements to a successful real estate transaction, and I will be with you every step of the way!

Laura Harbison
Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties