Moving can be one of the most intense experiences a person can do in their lifetime. Here at Corrigan, our job is to make your move as seamless as it can be. From the “For Sale” sign being placed in your yard to the final box unpacked at your new home, Corrigan Moving is with you every step of the way. As industry leaders, we are here to share our expert tips for a stress-free transition.
Prior to Listing Your Home
What is a realtor’s favorite expression? Declutter! While listing your house, your realtor will give you tips for staging and making your home look magazine worthy. Below are some tips from homeowners and how Corrigan Moving can support!
- Boxes for decluttering! Are you aware that Corrigan customers can receive free used boxes when scheduling their move*? When available, our customers can get various sized boxes for free. Our offices also have a variety of moving supplies for purchase, such as tape, packing paper and bubble wrap. Start decluttering and packing before your realtor takes your home photos to make your house shine in the pictures. Many customers call Corrigan and reserve a move date prior to listing their house for this reason. Move dates may be changed once your home is under contract, so take advantage of as many advantages as you’re able!
- Is your garage a mess? Wardrobe boxes to the rescue! Wardrobe boxes are large and tall, perfect for holding oversized belongings. Keep the top of the wardrobe box open to organize and store children’s toys, sports equipment and long handled yard tools. This is sure to make your garage appear and larger with minimal effort! Click here for more about wardrobe boxes.
- Fix your walls like a professional. If you have small nail holes or painted walls that need touched up, make sure to do repairs prior to your real-estate pictures. Do you need to match paint colors? Using a utility knife (be careful!), gently cut a quarter size hole from the top layer of paint. It’s best to do this from a concealed place, such as behind furniture or a low corner. And take that small paint piece to your local hardware store or paint shop, where they are able to match your paint color exactly. With a drywall patch kit, touch up your holes and paint with your matching touch up paint. Good as new! Here is a good demonstration of how to get the perfect paint swatch.
Once your house is on the market, you will spend time away to let others walk through and imagine themselves living there. Several homeowners who have used Corrigan Moving have shared tips to make those time away during showings easier.
- Pack a suitcase. During showings, many homeowners prefer to have their valuables or personal documents hidden away. Many customers have found packing a small suitcase with these items to be an easy way to grab and go during a showing.
- Secure a local pet daycare. Dogs and cats will also require a place to stay during showings. Finding a local doggy daycare or daily pet care facility is a great way to keep your pets happy and safe.
- Entertain the little ones! Parents know getting youngsters out the door can be a challenge. Packing a bag with small toys, games or art supplies can be a great way to keep kids happy as well as entertained when away from home.
- Free, free, free! Find free ways to pass time during showings. If showings are planned back-to-back, you could find yourself away for hours at a time. Rediscovering your local library, parks or farmers markets are free and easy ways to pass time. If you’re moving nearby, try booking a guided tour of your new city. Even if you’re no stranger with your new town, you may be surprised by learning new and noteworthy history!
Congratulations! Once your home is under contract, the real work begins. Providing you haven’t contacted Corrigan Moving yet for an in-home or virtual estimate, now is the time! Your local sales representative will create a custom move quote based on the services you are needing. Below are some things to take into consideration prior to your move consultation.
- Determine who’s packing. Corrigan Moving provides full packing service. We also offer packing on a smaller scale, such as boxing up only mattresses, TVs or fragile items. Decide whether there’s anything you want Corrigan to pack or if you plan to handle this yourself before your move consultant arrives. For more information on packing yourself, click here.
- Decide what’s you are moving. Establishing a plan for items to move before your move survey is imperative to getting an accurate estimate. A Corrigan sales representative will go room by room throughout your house to get a complete and detailed inventory to accurately estimate the scope of your relocation. Your move inventory can always be changed, nonetheless you will want to have an understanding of what items you prefer to have handled by Corrigan.
- Select donation locations. For items you would like to donate, investigate local thrift stores and secondhand shops. Many provide free pickup services for donated items, however these can be booked weeks ahead. Plan ahead and schedule the donation pickup prior to the move date. Corrigan supports Habitat for Humanity, who has several locations offering free donation pick up.
- Know what can and cannot be moved. Moving companies cannot transport items such as chemicals, gasoline containers or anything caustic (a full list of prohibited items can be found here). Your community may have resources or a local return drive where they’ll receive hazardous items and electronics to be properly disposed of. Waste Management has more information on properly disposing of hazardous household items.
New Home Sweet Home
You’ve done it! It is your first evening in your new house. Where do you start in the field of boxes? Here are some tips to make your first night in the new house a fun and easy transition for everyone.
- Pack bedding separately. The single thing you do not want to do following a long move day is search for your bedding. Packing clean sheets and bedding in a suitcase will make it unchallenging to find to make the bed when you’re about to hit the hay.
- Have an “open first” box. A box full of the basics will make the first night a cinch. Suggested items are bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels and plates and utensils. Including a small new activity, like a coloring book or puzzle for kids is a great way to keep them occupied as you are settling in. Don’t forget a new toy or treats for Whiskers and Fido!
- Order in! Your first meal in your new home is one to remember. Start making memories by ordering in from a local dining facility and enjoy finding new places to dine.
- Stroll through your new neighborhood. You have earned a break! Taking a walk around your new neighborhood is a wonderful way to take a mental break, meet new friends and explore your new community.
We’re more than a moving company. We’re your relocation partner from beginning to end. Regardless if moving locally, cross-country or internationally, Corrigan Moving is able to move you. Contact us today!
*Booked moves only. No cash value. Free used boxes limited to availability of the local Corrigan Moving office. Your sales representative or move coordinator can provide additional details.