Archive for February 19, 2012
You have decided to take it upon yourself to move your home, whether it is across town or across the country. This cost-saving move does require a lot of work not only for you but also for your family, but it will be well worth it in the end when you can be proud of your accomplishment and comfortable in your new place. This do-it-yourself or DITY move can be rewarding, as long as you prepare for it.
A successful DITY move has many important elements. For a successful Dity move, you must plan several months ahead to ensure that you have a smooth move every step of the way. This includes carefully packing up all of the items in your home, which you can do in stages as the move approaches. Moving is a complicated and emotional process, so it is important to take all the time that is needed and not rush as you are packing up your belongings.
Other tasks that can be broken down into stages before a DITY move include preparing your home for its next tenants and handling tasks like changing your address at the post office and canceling or transferring power, phone, and cable services. You can download checklists online that include tons of detailed information about what you need to do every step of the way. Do a keyword search and see what pops up. Then print out the most comprehensive one or the one that works best for you, or develop your own based on what you find.
Before a DITY move, you also can prepare a checklist of your own that details what you need to do as the move gets closer. This checklist will be unique to your family and will include things that each member of the family must do as the move approaches. This allows you to take your time as you check accomplished items off of your list before your DITY move, and it keeps all family members on the same page, ensuring a smooth move.
Before a DITY move, you should talk with your children to make sure that they are fully aware of the situation. This discussion also should include talking with them about the ways they can help. Get them excited about the move like you are so that they feel part of the process and can feel proud of it as well.