We moved six hours north from Georgia to Tennessee last fall. We have been in our current house for almost 9 months and we finally have a complete house. Decorated, unpacked, the works. We went from a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house - to a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with a bonus room. It has been quite the transition... and I've learned a few things along the way.
1. Keep hardware for things you take apart, WITH the thing you took apart. We have replaced almost all of the hardware to go with the crib that was in Grace's room at the old house and now Brooke's room here. I have not a clue where the original nuts and bolts went.
2. Purge pre-move. My husband packed almost our entire house as we got the final word from the Army and had a deadline of moving out just two weeks later. We decided to move ourselves instead of having the Army do it. So the weight was good, but the extra stuff not needed here in TN, was not fun to move up the fifty million steps our current home has.
3. Sell furniture you want to replace before you move it to another state. In our case, I REALLY wanted to replace our old dressers that are literally falling apart. My husband wanted to move them with us for the extra weight on the truck that translates into money later. Here we are, 9 months later and these atrocious dressers are still housing our clothing. Had I gotten rid of them before we moved, we would have been forced to replace them sooner. See what I did there?
4. Don't let the boxes sit. It was challenging to actually get all of our boxes unpacked (which is a stretch as Rob still has most of his garage stuff in boxes...) as I was in my first trimester when we first got here and literally wiped out from doing nothing. As a result, we weren't really moved in for almost six months. SIX MONTHS. That's insane. I sat up our entire house in Georgia in one week. Just do it and you'll feel SO much better. (And maybe try not to move while pregnant...)
5. Consider renting furniture for your transition period. Because we went from a 3 bed/2 bath to a 4 bed/3 bath with an extra living area, we had entire rooms empty when we first moved here. EMPTY.
CORT Furniture Rental a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is a furniture rental company that easily could have helped us fill those rooms for as low as $119 a month*. When you rent furniture, it is there when you need it and gone when you finally figure out what to do with that extra square footage. It's less hassle and can help a home really feel like home.
I mean, who doesn't crave convenience when moving? That is what CORT is all about.
Now that we are finally settled - I know it is just a matter of time before we are counting down the days to our next duty station. That is the life we live after all.
What tips would you include for moving?
*$119/mo military pricing is only available on military packages. Customer must present valid Military I.D. before delivery.