The stress of buying your first Tucson home doesn't end with the signing of your loan and the handing over of a key. Unfortunately, moving tends to extend that stress for a little bit longer. However, with a little planning and organization, moving into your first Tucson home won't be as stressful as you thought.
Moving Tips for the First-Time Tucson Home Owner
Scheduling the Move
The first thing you need to do after you have a closing date for your first Tucson home is to schedule the move. We're right in the middle of the busy season for Tucson real estate. That means that moving companies are busy. If you wait, you risk not being able to hire a mover in a timely manner. As soon as you know what day your home is set to close, schedule your move.
Hiring a Pro or Doing it Yourself
Some people hire professionals to move them into their first Tucson home. Others go the do-it-yourself route. If you do want a pro to take care of the hard labor, make sure you get quotes from several different moving companies. Those quotes need to be in writing, too. Ask for proof of insurance. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against them. Ask friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors for recommendations, if possible.
If hiring a pro isn't in the budget, then you'll need to rent a truck. Call around or go online for quotes. Make sure you get the right size vehicle to get the job done. A smaller van is great for several trips back and forth across town. But, if you're making a city-to-city or state-to-state move, you'll need something that takes care of all your belongings in one trip. Also, make sure you buy enough boxes, tape, and other packing materials needed to pack up all of your home's belongings securely.
Finally, don't wait to pack. Get started on it as soon as you start looking at Tuscon homes. Waiting until the last minute means moving stuff you don't use anymore or leaving behind things you should have taken with you. Take it one room at a time. Limit your wardrobe to a week's worth of clothes. Pack everything else up. Keep only the necessary items to get you through your daily routine. Get rid of anything you haven't used in the last 12 months. Gift or donate them. Trash the unusable stuff. And don't overpack your boxes. Remember, you're going to have to move them at some point. Overpacking could put undue stress on the boxes, causing them to break open, spilling their contents out onto the floor and possibly breaking something.
What moving tips have you found useful over the years? Please feel free to share them in the comments below.