Tips for a Cross-Country Move to Livermore Valley, CA!

Moving BoxesNow that a good portion of the country is getting cold and snowy, it’s a great time to move to Livermore Valley, CA! The sun always shines in our warm climate, and the winters are always bearable. As your Livermore Valley real estate agent, I’d like to help you out with your long-distance move.

Moving can always be tricky, even if it’s just across town. But a cross-country move adds some more stress and complications if not done right. MSN Real Estate shared seven tips for cross-country movers that could really help Livermore Valley homebuyers out! I’ve summarized them here:

  • Give yourself time. Don’t wait until you close on your current home to start thinking about the move. Last-minute moves will only make the home-buying process that much more stressful, not to mention you might be left with all of your belongings and nowhere to go if you don’t give yourself time. MSN Real Estate recommends beginning preparations eight weeks before your moving date. (Check out our Free Relocation Package for more help!)
  • Choose a moving method. You can drive all of your belongings into Livermore Valley on your own, you could rent a moving truck, or you could hire a professional moving company. Decipher how much stuff you have and what is the most probable, cost-effective method. If you go the professional route, start rounding up estimates and reading reviews for different companies. Contact me for suggestions!
  • Invest in durable boxes. When it comes to all of your most precious belongings, you don’t want to skimp on the durability and quality of your boxes. Make some calls or drive around and see where you can score some free boxes. Usually manufacturing plants have boxes, along with grocery stores, liquor stores, banks and so on.
  • Pack tight. In the next eight weeks, decide what you need to take and what you can get rid of. This is a great time to declutter and downsize your belongings, such as kitchen gadgets, old electronics, magazines, books and old clothes. What you don’t need can be sold online or in a yard sale, which will help pay for moving costs!
  • Organize papers. Papers are one of the easiest things to misplace during a move, but some of your most important documents are on paper. Organize all of your important paperwork, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and insurance policies, and then pack them together in labeled folders. Consider taking these with you rather than packing in a box.
  • Take inventory. If you have your items shipped or moved with professionals, you want to make sure to write down what is in each box. Take photographs of your valuables, so you can prove what condition they were in if anything happens to them. Label your boxes so you know what’s in them and where they go in your new Livermore Valley home.

Through the entire home-buying process and moving process, be sure to remain calm as much as possible. Enjoy the experience! You’re accomplishing the American dream in sunny Livermore Valley, what isn’t there to love? When you need assistance, contact me, your Livermore Valley real estate agent!

John Kurtzer
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