MovingThe Elmhurst real estate market is on the up. People are buying and selling, and with that comes the daunting task of moving. At the Gracik Makinney Group, we see new homeowners preparing to move all the time. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up over the years.

The best way to tackle a move is to be organized. Prepare yourself as best you can. Pack well in advance; starting with items you don’t need on a daily basis. For instance, if you are moving in the summer, pack up winter clothes first. If you plan on using a moving company or renting a truck, call and make a reservation as soon as you have a moving day. Reserving in advance often saves you money, as well as guarantees your booking at the time of your preference without having to work around other people’s schedules.

As you pack, you may put things into boxes going room by room. This will come in handy later when it comes time to unpack in your new home. Color coding boxes can further simplify this process. By assigning kitchen items a blue tag, you can then place all blue boxes into the kitchen. Color coding can be easier than writing “kitchen” because you won’t have to stop and read each box individually.

In Elmhurst, we have our share of rain and snow. It may be a good idea to waterproof some boxes by lining them with plastic bags. If a cardboard box containing sheets and pillows stays on the wet ground for too long, it’s a safe bet your things won’t be dry when you unpack. Having towels ready to wipe down furniture and other wet items will prevent your new home and possessions from becoming muddy or wet.

Even if it’s not raining, you or the movers will more than likely track in dirt or grass clippings. There will be many trips into and out of the house; all this foot traffic guarantees that the floors will take a beating. If you’re able to, clear a path for people to move boxes in or out. Move flowerpots if they’re still about. Have children and pets steer clear to avoid accidents. This goes for both moving out of the old house, and into the new house.

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, accidents do occur. Whether it be dropping a vase or a surprise sun shower with your entire living room furnishings on the lawn, things can always go wrong. This is where moving insurance comes in. If you use a moving company, make sure they have insurance, liability, and are bonded. If you move on your own, look into your homeowners insurance for further information on what is covered.

At the Gracik Makinney Group, we have the pleasure of giving real estate and moving tips to our community every day. If you’re looking to buy or sell in Elmhurst, feel free to give us a call at 630-441-5570 or drop by our office at 190 North York Road right here in Elmhurst.