Archive for March, 2021

Planning Ahead for a Stress-Free Move-In Day

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Your move-in day can be a happy, exciting experience if you put a little effort into advanced preparation

Moving is one of the most stressful life experiences human beings go through. After months of planning and dealing with logistics, the final day can often culminate into a frenzied, chaotic nightmare unless you take a few simple steps to avoid disaster.

Preparation is Key

A minimum of six weeks ahead, make a to-do list. Try to think of all the moving tasks you need to do and write them down on an itemized list. Not only will this help you clear your mind and focus on what needs to be done, but it also is a way others can easily assist you. When friends or family offer to help, it is sometimes difficult to come up with useful tasks on the spot. When you have a list to refer to, you could ask them to select the items most convenient for their talents and schedule. Post the list on your refrigerator, check it often, and make changes accordingly.

During this time, you will interview and select a licensed and insured professional moving company, unless you are doing everything on your own. Keep in mind that the money spent getting professional assistance will save you time and energy, so the cost is well worth it in the long run. If you are strapped for cash, consider paying for the services which will most benefit your situation, such as packing, moving oversized items, or coordinating storage. A good moving company will work with you to design a relocation plan tailored to your needs and budget.

Decluttering and Organizing

Decluttering and organizing are both crucial steps that are best completed slowly over several weeks prior to moving day. This will give you time to clear out items you are donating or giving away to make room for your moving crew. Any items you plan on leaving behind on moving day should also be in one area and very clearly marked, so movers know not to load these on the truck.

As you are going through your household goods, make a “car” pile. This includes everything you want to personally bring with you in your car on moving day. Examples include snacks and drinks, a fresh set of sheets for each bed you will need your first night, extra cash, some cleaning supplies and tools, and any important documents or special jewelry. You may want to slip a special bottle of wine with a corkscrew for celebrating the first evening in your new home. One box should be empty for last minute items such as your phone chargers and toiletries.

During this phase you can also schedule or switch over your utilities. Additionally, it is a great idea to schedule a locksmith for your new home since you have no idea how many keys the previous owners may have hidden under bushes or given to neighbors or family members. Do NOT schedule any physical installations on moving day. Your moving crew will be unloading and assembling furniture and will need direction, so you do not want your attention divided.

Children and Pets

If you can send your kids and pets to grandma’s or a friend’s house on moving day, absolutely do so. There will be a lot of activity in your home and you and movers can get seriously injured when kids or dogs are under foot.

If removing them is not an option, one person should be solely responsible for attending to your pet. Children can busy themselves with their own “car box.” During your weeks of preparation, ask your kids to each make their own box of the things they would like in the car and immediately available in their new bedroom. Art supplies, crafts, and games will keep them busy and they will have some special personal items to immediately make the new house feel like home.

The Big Day

When moving day finally arrives, let your movers do their thing while you concentrate on your care pile. When the movers have cleared out the house, walk through to make sure nothing has been left behind. Say goodbye!

When you reach your new destination, walk through to make sure everything is in the condition you expect and clearly direct movers, so all furniture and boxes are put in the right room. When they are done with all their hard work, you can pop that cork and celebrate!

How to Move Your Garden and Houseplants

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Yes, you can bring those plants you love to your new home

If you are preparing for a move, you may be experiencing mixed emotions. A fresh start can be very exciting but separating from the comfort of familiarity is also challenging. You do not want to leave anything behind, especially if that item has significant meaning in your heart. House plants will move with you, and did you know that you can also bring your garden plants with you to your new location? It is such a special way to remember a particular time in your life. Moving garden and house plants is tricky, but it is still worth the effort. To see the familiar plants welcoming you in your new location and thriving is a real testament to the human spirit and new beginnings.

First Things First – Make it Legal

If you are lucky enough to have sold your home, the new owners are going to expect the same landscaping they saw when they looked at your house. No matter how desperately you want grandma’s crabapple tree, you cannot just take it after you finalize the sale. Talk to the new owners and explain the significance of your garden item. You may be able to reach an agreement where you replace your special plant with something equally attractive. You should settle everything in writing before you attempt to dig. If you are planning on taking items from your vegetable garden, such as heirloom tomatoes or garlic, you are in luck: these are your personal property even after the sale, just like your houseplants.

Also, keep in mind it is illegal to move certain plants across state lines. Some areas have strict plant restrictions due to pests and other hazards. Check with local authorities before your move.

Careful Planning is Key

Moving plants is always risky, but doing so in the hot summer months is particularly challenging. If you can avoid the hottest days, your plants will appreciate it. Even on cold days when the sun is shining, any plants sitting in your car can quickly burn. Winter weather brings its own set of challenges, since exposure to cold may hurt your plants.

Some basic precautions you can try any time of the year include:

  • Water plants thoroughly the day before you dig them up.
  • Trim dead leaves and branches to conserve the plant’s energy.
  • Dig out the entire root ball and wrap it in a wet burlap sack, and then place it in its own pot.
  • For house plants, pack some damp moss on top of the pot.
  • Wrapping plants loosely in some layers of newspaper should help protect them from the elements.
  • Use pallets or packing crates to help the plants stand upright in their journey.
  • If possible, water the plants during the journey.
  • Lastly, remember that you need to have those garden tools handy when you arrive at your destination. Know exactly where your garden tools are packed so you can quickly return plants to the soil. The faster you get your plants in the ground, the greater the chance they will learn to thrive in their new home. You do not want to be frantically searching for a shovel or forced to purchase something you don’t really need, and borrowing tools from a new neighbor is probably not the best way to meet!

    Take Time to Acclimate

    Just like people, plants need time to grow into their new surroundings. When you arrive at your destination, give the plants time to acclimate in their new home. For garden and landscaping plants, a shadier spot is preferable at first. When the plant seems to take to the soil, you can move it to its final sunny location. You may also need to relocate house plants several times in the first few months to figure out which room seems the best place for each to thrive. For all your moving buddies, hydration is key! You will need to water your plant every day at first.

    With a little planning and some TLC, both you and your plants will grow to love your new location. Watching your treasured plants continue to thrive will provide lovely memories along with the symbolism of a fresh start for all of you.