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Smooth transitions: Knowing where to begin

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By Wendy Oleksiak

Let’s face it, transitions can be stressful, especially when leaving a house that’s been a home for many years. Whether downsizing or rightsizing, moving is a high-stress life event. There are many tasks that need to be accomplished along the way – organizing, packing, discarding, cleaning, paperwork to tend to – not to mention dealing with emotional ups and downs.

Advance planning is by far the best investment of your time you can make before your move. I suggest these plans are started six months or even a year prior to moving, as this is not too early to begin the process. Once you’ve checked off those planning tasks—decluttering, sorting and packing plans, finding and securing important documents, and getting your children’s stored items out of your house, you’ll be able to start the process in earnest.

Here are a few tips to help you begin the process of getting started.

Where to Start

  • Make lists: Begin a separate notebook just for the move. Keep it with you, and whenever you think of something—anything at all related to the move—write it down. Include to-do lists, a calendar/timeline, things you’re likely to forget, questions about the new residence, floor plans. Even anecdotes or historical notes about possessions, or offhand remarks like “Oh, Aunt Judy would love this tea set.” Although the notebook may not be particularly orderly, at least you’ll know where to find the information.
  • Find and get estimates from moving companies. Some fees may be negotiable if you plan ahead and schedule the move for non-peak times.
  • Set a firm date for the move.
  • Make a floor plan or template of the new home, whether it’s one room or something larger. Be sure measurements are accurate, and reflect placement of doors, windows, appliances, built-in shelves, linen storage, heater vents, etc. You now know precisely how much space you will have; you don’t need to guess.
  • Make a preliminary plan of where major furniture will go in the new place—bed, couch, table and chairs, TV, bookshelf, dresser, and desk, for example. Again, measure carefully. If pieces can serve more than one purpose, all the better.
  • If finances allow, think about hiring an organizer. This person can help with all or part of:
    • sorting and decision-making
    • packing
    • arranging the move
    • arranging for charity pick up, garage sale, estate sale or consignment shops
    • unpacking boxes and arranging new home.
  • If pets are involved, be sure to have a plan for them to be moved and accommodated in the new home.
  • If needed, change providers for utilities such as gas and electricity.
  • Refill prescriptions in advance.

It may be easier said than done, but try to stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible as you get started on this journey. Take breaks and reward yourself with a favorite beverage or snack. Listen to music, take a walk, read a book. Make sure youtake care of youduring this process. Next month, I’ll address important paper work that needs to be completed before the move and a logical approach to sorting through all your belongings.
About the Author:

As a former Registered Nurse, Wendy Oleksiak understands the importance of trust and accountability in creating a successful partnership.
Honesty, hard work and professionalism paved the road to Wendy becoming the top selling agent at her previous firm. Wendy made the move to Compass to utilize cutting edge technology and state of the art marketing that provides her clients with the competitive advantage.

Her extensive network within the real estate community ensures that her clients learn about off market properties, and enables her to get her buyers offer’s accepted and listings sold for the highest price with the best possible terms.

You can count on clear communication, efficiency, and integrity when you work with Wendy. Most importantly, she strives to keep the stress level to a minimum for all involved. You can be sure that your best interests will always be well represented throughout your transaction.

Wendy has lived on the South Shore for 20 years, raised two children and owned homes in the towns of Hingham, Scituate, Cohasset, and Duxbury. Her hobbies include oil painting, paddle boarding, boating hiking, and enjoying the fabulous beaches in the area!

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